Linking of MGNREGA wages with inflation

Rural Development

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 2387 TO BE ANSWERED ON 13.03.2020 LINKING OF MGNREGA WAGES WITH INFLATION 2387. DR. AMAR PATNAIK: Will the Minister of RURAL DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state: (a) whether there is any proposal pending before Government to increase the wage rate under MGNREGA to bring it in line with minimum wages in the States; (b) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor; (c) whether there is any proposal pending before Government to link MGNREGA wages with inflation (CPI) indicators; and (d) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor? ANSWER MINISTER OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT (SHRI NARENDRA SINGH TOMAR) (a): No, Sir. (b): Does not arise. (c)&(d): As per section 6(1) of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005 (Mahatma Gandhi NREGA) ,the Ministry of Rural Development notifies Mahatma Gandhi NREGA wage rate every year for States/UTs. To compensate the Mahatma Gandhi NREGA workers against inflation, the Ministry of Rural Development revises the wage rate every year based on change in Consumer Price Index for Agricultural Labour (CPI-AL) published by Labour Bureau, Shimla for all States/UTs. The wage rate is made applicable from 1st April of each Financial Year.