MGNREGS as experienced by local administrators and beneficiaries across 5 states in India

Beneficiaries’ experience in the 5 study states

  • Enrolment in MGNREGS

    47% of rural low-income households had at least one active job card.

    30% of low-income rural adults were listed on a job card.

    29% of low-income rural adults were not listed on an active job card but wanted to be listed on one. Of these, majority (72%) belonged to households that did not have a job card at all.

  • Applying for MGNREGS employment

    70% of job card holders wanted MGNREGS jobs at least once during the last year.

    18% of job card holders tried to apply for work but could not submit their application.

  • Receiving employment

    All households that applied for work, received it; but most got less work than they wanted. On average, households applied for 95 days of work against their annual entitlement of 100 days but received 66 days of work.

  • Getting MGNREGS wages

    95% of job card holders who received MGNREGS employment in the last year had received wages for their most recent employment.

    58% of job card holders who received MGNREGS employment in the last year, received their wages late (i.e., beyond the stipulated 15 days).

  • Grievance redressal

    20% of job card holders had a MGNREGS related grievance, and 91% of them sought redressal; grievances were fully redressed for 27% of those who sought redressal.

  • Women’s employment under MGNREGS

    Over the last 5 years, women accounted for more than 50% of person days of employment generated under the scheme.

    6% of women with a job card could not apply for employment and said this was because there was no work available for women.