Advertisement
Sunday, Dec 05, 2021
Outlook.com
peep survey

Pitfall Of Not Knowing

Lack of awareness hampers NREGA’s reach

Pitfall Of Not Knowing
Pitfall Of Not Knowing
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53

The helplessness of rural workers is a big hurdle for the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA). The whole idea of the scheme is to give people entitlements that they can demand as a matter of right—work on demand, minimum wages, payment within 15 days, and so on. To this day, however, NREGA workers know little about these entitlements. Nor is people’s awareness rising over time, judging from a comparison of the PEEP survey with an earlier study of NREGA workers. Even in Rajasthan, NREGA’s stronghold, people seem to know less today than they did five years ago.

The interests of those who have the information (NREGA functionaries) and those who need it (NREGA workers) are often at odds with each other. This is one reason why awareness drives, using mass media and other means, are necessary. Many states, including Rajasthan, did this in the early days of NREGA; colourful slogans were found everywhere. Not anymore. Declining employment and declining awareness are feeding on each other.

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Kashmir: Tosa Maidan Blast Victims Still Await Compensation

Kashmir: Tosa Maidan Blast Victims Still Await Compensation

While the Army and Airforce vacated the Tosa Maidan meadow as a firing range back in 2014, the victims of the deadly explosions are yet to receive their compensation.

Church In India Cosying Up To BJP To Protect Its Interests

Church In India Cosying Up To BJP To Protect Its Interests

What has led to this change of heart over the past few years for the Church, long seen to be anathemic to the Sangh Parivar?

IND Vs NZ, 2nd Test, Live: Ashwin's Triple Strike Leaves Kiwis Struggling

IND Vs NZ, 2nd Test, Live: Ashwin's Triple Strike Leaves Kiwis Struggling

New Zealand's Ajaz Patel finished with match figures of 14/225 as India set Black Caps mountain to climb in Mumbai. Follow here Day 3 live cricket scores of IND vs NZ.

World Soil Day 2021: Why Is Soil Conservation Important?

World Soil Day 2021: Why Is Soil Conservation Important?

World Soil Day was first celebrated on December 5th 2014, 7 years ago. This year's theme is, 'Halt soil salinization, boost soil productivity'.

Advertisement