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Now MGNREGA for STs in Forest Areas
Jan 20, 2014

A new directive has been issued by the Ministry of Rural Development under which 150 days of wage employment under MGNREGA will be provided for Scheduled Tribe households living in forest areas. The move will benefit about Eight lakh people in the states like Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh

The additional 50 days of employment beyond the stipulated 100 days under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) will be applicable to those individuals who got pattas under Forest Rights Act, FRA( 2006).

Benefits of this directive:

a) The work such as land-levelling, plantation and other activities which are required to be undertaken on these lands to make them more productive can be taken easily.

b) The additional days through MGNREGA will allow the households to undertake additional work on their own land.

c) Cash payments of wages will be provided in 88 Integrated Action Plan (IAP) districts.

d) MGNREGA works is likely to improve the socio-economic condition of marginalized section of the society like SC/ST, Small and Marginal farmers, IAY beneficiaries, Forest Right Act beneficiaries etc as most of the new works are now permitted on the land or homestead of specified individual beneficiaries.

The Ministry has already launched Kaam Maango Abhiyan and the project is being implemented in 6 pilot districts including West Singhbhum in Jharkhand and is being upscaled to all naxal affected areas. This is to improve the livelihoods of the forest people.

Further, new works have been added to the existing list of permissible works under MGNREGA with a focus to strengthen synergy between MGNREGA and rural livelihoods, particularly in agriculture.


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