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Parliamentary Standing Committee on Rural Development

  • 10 Mar 2021
  • 4 min read

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The Centre government must increase the amount of pensions provided for poor senior citizens, widows and disabled people, said the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Rural Development.

Key Points

  • Issues in the MGNREGA Scheme Observed by the Committee:
    • Lack of Work Supply: That too when there was an increase in the demand for work under MGNREGA due to economic distress caused by Covid-19 pandemic.
    • Delay in the Release of Funds: It is a huge discouraging aspect and does not go in consonance with the underlying spirit of the scheme.
    • Disparity in Wages in Different States: The committee noted how it is possible that a single scheme having the provision of hundred days of guaranteed work to willing people from the rural settings can have different yardstick when it comes to the payment modalities across the length and breadth of the country.
      • It is against the Constitutional provision of equal pay for equal work.
  • National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP):
    • The National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) is a welfare programme being administered by the Ministry of Rural Development.
    • This programme is being implemented in rural as well as urban areas.
    • The programme was first launched on 15th August 1995 as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme. It was brought within the umbrella of ‘Core of Core’ schemes of the Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) in 2016.
    • Currently, it has five components namely:
    • The National Maternity Benefit Scheme (NMBS) was part of NSAP and was subsequently transferred from the Ministry of Rural development to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.


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