Centre mulls – As demand for rural jobs under the flagship initiative has increased, the national government is considering increasing funds for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee (MNREGA) scheme during the current fiscal year.
According to Ministry of Finance sources, annual expenditure for the current fiscal year ending March 31, 2024 could increase by up to 30% over the initial budgetary allotment of Rs 60,000 crore.
According to official data, expenditure has surpassed Rs 71,741 crore thus far. The government had initially budgeted roughly Rs 60,000 crore for the MNREGA scheme in the current year. Despite a recent increase in funding, increased demand for rural labor may compel the government to disburse further funds.
The Centre believes that the system need further revision to ensure that it is not being abused. “It is not an employment generation sponsored program, but a demand driven scheme for people in need,” the official went on to say.
To address concerns and minimize leakage, the government is looking into a variety of measures, including expanding Aadhar-based facial authentication, which is already in place in several states. The administration is also encouraging governments to take on more responsibility for the scheme’s proper implementation.