Sonia Gandhi’s flagship NREGS records SHARP SLIDE in Job Generation admist HEAVY CORRUPTION

By Subodh Varma, TNN | Feb 3, 2013, 01.51 AM IST

NEW DELHI: While Sonia Gandhi andManmohan Singh waxed eloquent on the “success” of the Mahatma Gandhi NationalRural Employment Guarantee Scheme(MGNREGS) and called it a key instrument for “financial inclusion” at a government conference in New Delhi on Saturday, latest data reveal a picture of declining employment generation under the scheme. Even more startling: Jobs created for the most marginalized sections — dalits and adivasis — have suffered the biggest decline.

Between 2009–10 and 2011–12, the total work generated by this flagship scheme declined from 284 Crore person-days to 211crore persondays. That’s a dip of about 25% over the first three years of UPA II. (One personday is one person working for a day). The data for the current year up to January-end suggests that there will be a further dip in 2012–13.

Some states that have shown major decline in MGNREGS jobs over this period are Karnataka (65% decline), Rajasthan (53%), Assam (52%), Gujarat (47%), Bihar (45%) and Madhya Pradesh (40%). In most of these states, jobs for dalits have declined by 70% or more.

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