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

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An Appraisal

India’s National Employment Undertaking

MGNREGA: Employment, Wages and Migration in Rural India by Pramod Kumar and Dipanwita Chakraborty, Oxon and New York: Routledge, 2016; pp xxi + 274, ₹ 895.

MGNREGA: Employment, Wages and Migration in Rural India is a massive work of impact assessment of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) that shuns opinionated positions on the merits and demerits of the programme. It makes a systematic assessment of the impact of the programme on employment, wages, migration and the local economy, based on a primary survey conducted in 16 major states selected from various regions of the country. Although the book does not throw an entirely new light on the subject, its analysis of the socio-economic backgrounds of households seeking employment, impact on rural wages, migration and village economy, reassert—with the help of a large set of data—the findings of other studies.

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Updated On : 11th Apr, 2018


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