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National Rural Employment Guarantee Act


The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) is enacted in August 2005 by the UPA Government.

The programme aims to serve the 53 million poor rural households by ensuring 100 days employment to them each year with at least 50 per cent of the work reserved for women. 65 per cent of India's population lives in rural areas

The district authorities of Karauli in Rajasthan have introduced the thumb impression system to register the physical presence of workers engaged in the projects under the scheme.

Speaking at the 67th session of the UN General Assembly on 9 October 2012, senior BJP leader LK Advani has lauded the programme saying that the scheme is the largest cash-for-work programme in the world.

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