A Comparative Study: Performance of MGNREGA in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Nistha Sharma, Sanjeev Mehrotra


Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) embarked on an ambitious attempt to fight poverty by guaranteeing employment to those people who are willing to work and earn their livelihood. It is not only helpful in transforming the rural areas but also the quality of life of rural people by promising them minimum wages. There have been many employment schemes in the past, but most of them failed to bring any security in people’s lives. Schemes come and go, but laws are more durable. Therefore, this act was enforced in 2005 to give legal entitlements to people.

In this research paper, comparison is made between two similar northern Indian states- Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The objective of the study is to analyse and make comparative study on the performance of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme (MGNREGS) in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand  for financial year 2016-2017 (as on Dec, 2016).

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