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IIMS Journal of Management Science
Year : 2011, Volume : 2, Issue : 1
First page : ( 54) Last page : ( 65)
Print ISSN : 0976-030X. Online ISSN : 0976-173X.

What Next for MGNREGA?

Goparaju Srikanth, Shome Samik

Biographical Note: Prof. Srikanth Goparaju's research interests are in the area of organizational sciences with an emphasis on the application of science to social and humanitarian causes. He has worked for IT, Oil and Gas, management consulting organizations, and educational institutes in India and abroad. He is the Head of Acharya Research Center in Acharya Leadership and Research Institute in Bengaluru. E-mail: srikanthgoparaju.acharya@gmail.com
Prof. Shome is currently working at School of Business in Alliance University, Bengaluru. He has more than ten years of teaching and research experience. Recently, Prof. Shome has presented a paper on NREGA in the Conference on Regulating for Decent Work organized by International Labour Organization (ILO), Geneva. E-mail: samik.shome@alliancebschool.ac.in

JEL CLASSIFICATION: J08, J64, J68, R23, P36,

Abstract

Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) is a major policy undertaken by the Indian government. It is a unique and an innovative program. It is expected that the program will sustain for several years. However, whether MGNREGA will continue to yield the same positive benefits that it brought forth in the first three years of its implementation is a vital question that needs to be examined. The paper attempts to respond to this critical issue by portraying various aspects of MGNREGA's advancement. The paper begins by explicating the details of the Act, its innovative characteristics, and the factors that support its future viability. Next, opportunities for policy actions are scrutinized and presented. Finally, the paper proposes a mechanism for identifying new and relevant projects. This mechanism includes novel information architecture and a decentralized method of project identification and allocation. The paper is a timely contribution to social and policy science disciplines. It is a contribution because it paves the way for a solution to a historically unsolved socio-economic evil.

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Keywords

MGNREGA, Unemployment, Rural-urban Migration, Poverty, Child Labor.

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