Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS) doubled in first quarter of 2022-23 . MNREGS is a resounding indicator of Uttar Pradeshs fast-growing rural economy .
LUCKNOW: The number of people working under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS) doubled in the first quarter of 2022-23 relative to 2021-22, a resounding indicator of Uttar Pradesh's fast-growing rural economy.According to data from the Rural Development Department, which is exclusively accessible by, the number of workers under MNREGS increased to 38.58 lakh this year, down from 19.63 lakh in the same period in 2021-22.Around 63 lakh people were employed under MNREGS in the first quarter of 2020-21, when thousands of migrants returned to UP as a result of the Covid-induced lockdown.As the economy was hit by the storm, the scheme proved to be the biggest employment spinner for rural families.19.35 lakh people were employed under the Centres flagship employment scheme in the first quarter in 2017-18, when BJP took power in UP.The number of person days of work produced has also increased from 3.24 million to 7.3 million, which is certainly surprising.In the first quarter of the current fiscal, the number of families who successfully completed 100 days of work under the program grew by almost eightfold to 2,825.Officials predicted that this figure would increase as more people appear to have stayed back in their villages. They are also looking for work in the rural precincts, which is a positive sign, he said.According to reports, the Centres' PM Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY), which involves free food grains, was instrumental in preventing the rural-urban migration.The PMGKAY scheme has already been extended until September, later this year.Kumar said that the increasing income levels of people in villages was going to boost the rural economy, enabling people to have more purchasing power. The MNREGS salary was up by around 4% to Rs 213 per day, as a rule.According to rural department data, the state government intends to increase the budgetary balance to 825 blocks to help them improve their existing infrastructure.The blocks currently have a monthly spending of around Rs 50 lakh.In order to improve peoples' chances of having access to better facilities, the state government wants to double this to Rs 1 crore per month.