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Government Of Assam Panchayat & Rural Development Commissionerate of Rural Development

Rural Employment

    Rural Employment

    Higher unemployment and low income in the rural areas results in low purchasing power of the rural people, ultimately affecting their quality of life. To achieve growth with equity and social justice, the government has been implementing various poverty removal programmes and the most recent initiative under the wage employment programmes is the launch of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).

    The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) is the Rural Employment Gurantee program of Government and was passed by Indian Parliament in 2005 and scheme was expanded gradually in phase manner. In case of Assam MGNREGA was introduced in the state in 2005-06 in 7 districts as the first phase. The coverage was extended to 6 more districts in the second phase i.e. in 2008-09 and since 2009-10 all 27 districts are being covered under this scheme. The performance of MGNREGA has improved considerably in the recent years.

    Objective

    The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) aims at enhancing the livelihood security of the people in rural areas by guaranteeing hundred days of wage employment in a financial year, to a rural household whose members volunteer to do unskilled manual work.
    In Assam, MGNREGA was introduced in the state in 2006-07 in 7 districts as the first phase. The coverage was extended to 6 more districts in the 2nd phase that is in 2007-08 and since 2008-09 all 27 are being covered under the programme.

    Who is eligible to work?

    National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) provides a legal Guarantee of 100 days of wage employment in a financial year to

    • every rural household
    • whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work at the minimum wage rate notified for agricultural labour prescribed in the State

    Any applicant willing to work may approach Gaon Panchayat / VCDC / VDC or Block Office and submit application in the format below for a Job Card

    Form for Job Card under MGNREGA