NREGS: Interpreting the official statistics

Raghbendra Jha, Raghav Gaiha

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    Abstract

    The performance of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, even as revealed by government statistics, has been disappointing and, if anything, has deteriorated over time. Using offi cial data, this article evaluates the NREGS according to the average number of days of employment per household, the percentage of households completing 100 days of employment, the percentage of expenditure against total available funds, and the percentage of work completed. The performance across the fi rst two criteria has been disappointing and the average number of days of employment per household has declined over time. The percentage of expenditure against total available funds has risen sharply, particularly since 2010-11, and has been consistently higher than the work completed as a percentage of the work planned.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)18-22
    JournalEconomic and Political Weekly
    Volume47
    Issue number40
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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