ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Designed to Falter

MGNREGA Implementation in Maharashtra

Laudable aims aside, the implementation of India's largest welfare programme, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, leaves much to be desired. Taking a close look at its functioning in three development blocks in Maharashtra in the last three financial years, this study emphasises that there is a serious lack of capacities in the agencies tasked with actualising the scheme. A partnership between local non-governmental organisation and educational institutions could offer a way out by bringing in transparency, accountability, and participation to strengthen local governance.

We thank Aroehan, a non-governmental organisation, particularly Anjali Kanitkar and Shraddha Shringarpure for allowing us to participate in the social audit process conducted in Mokhada block in 2012. We also acknowledge the fi eld-level facilitations by Aroehan in all the three blocks selected for the fi eld survey, and the cooperation of the block and panchayat-level offi cials, and local people. This study evolved since 2011 as a part of an MTech research project in CTARA. The research was extended as a project under the Technology and Development Supervisory Learning course in which 15 students participated. A section is partly written from the data collected by these students. Importantly, we acknowledge the support of Milind Sohoni, head of CTARA, in carrying out these activities.

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