Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in her fifth and the last tranche of the coronavirus economic package, announced an additional allocation Rs 40,000 crores for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme to ensure that migrants do not face unemployment amid the nationwide lockdown.
She said the budget estimate for MNREGA was Rs 61,000 crore, and now an additional Rs 40,000 crore has been allocated for the benefit of the labourers moving back to their villages.
She said that this step by the government will help the labourers during the monsoon season and boost the rural economy through higher production.
“Since many have gone back to their villages”, they might face job loss and so, “if they enroll, they can get jobs” under the scheme, Nirmala Sitharaman said.
“This will help generate 300 more person-days,” Anurag Thakur, MoS, Finance and Corporate Affairs, added.
The Centre’s move is expected to create a larger number of durable and livelihood assets including water conservation assets.