Making Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) More Care-Responsive
Editor Chopra, D.
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Started as a pilot in 200 of the poorest districts of India in 2006, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) is a demand-based public works programme which entitles every rural household in India to 100 days of waged employment, per fiscal year. MGNREGA envisages women's inclusion and empowerment, equal wages at par with men, proximity of residences to worksites, and the provision of facilities such as crèches at worksites.
This Programmatic Note examines MGNREGA in the districts of Dungarpur and Udaipur in Rajasthan, in order to understand how women's economic empowerment policy and programming can generate a 'double boon' - paid work that empowers women and provides more support for their unpaid care work responsibilities.