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Consider the following statements regarding Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA):

1. It ensures 100 days of employment in every financial year to adult members of any rural household willing to do unskilled manual work.
2. At least one-third of the beneficiaries must be women.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Correct Answer is : C

Why in news?

  • Union Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati launched Climate Resilience Information System and Planning (CRISP-M) tool for Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee (MGNREG) Scheme.

Explanation

  • Statement 1 is correct: Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) was enacted in 2005 to provide a legal guarantee for one hundred days of employment in every financial year to adult members of any rural household willing to do public work-related unskilled manual work. The implementation of the act is monitored by the Ministry of Rural Development.
  • Statement 2 is correct: Features of MGNREGA

oEmployment will be given within 15 days of application for work.

oWork should ordinarily be provided within a 5 km radius of the village.

oAt least one-third of beneficiaries shall be women.

oWages will be paid according to the provisions of the Minimum Wages Act, 1948.

oSocial audit of MGNREGA works is mandatory in every Gram Panchayat.

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