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

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Fairness of Minimum Wages for MGNREGA

Since 2009, wages under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme have been delinked from the Minimum Wages Act and have not changed from their real value in that year. As a result, MGNREGA workers have been victims of stagnating real wages. In some states, they are paid even less than the minimum wage. This raises serious questions of legality and fairness.

Wages under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) are to be paid as per Section 6 of the act. This section states the following:

6. (1) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, the Central Government may, by notification, specify the wage rate for the purpose of this Act:

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Updated On : 7th Nov, 2017

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