Ithrampet a Gram Panchayat in B. Koduru block is located in Kadapa District. It is a village with rocky hillocks and sandy soils, and it falls under the scarce rainfall zone. The unpredictability of monsoon coupled with depleting groundwater level had compelled the small and marginal farmers to work as casual labourers and migrant workers.... Continue Reading →


Introduction Kondamanayunipalem village is situated in Kadiri Mandal of Anantapur District. The water table in the village has been continuously decreasing due to dry spells and frequent droughts. The majority of the farmers who depended on groundwater for irrigation were not able to cultivate their lands. This, in turn, forced them to migrate to nearby... Continue Reading →

Pond Renovated – Water Security Restored

Introduction Shivsingh ka Guda, a village in Nedach  Panchayat, is situated in Rajasmand district near a hillock in the Aravali range. A natural stream flows through the village from the upper reaches of the Aravali range and brings water to the village pond. This pond is spread  over an area of 54,000 square feet and... Continue Reading →

Suspension Footbridge across Simsang River

Various stakeholders envisaged the initiative of constructing suspension foot-bridge across Simsang River connecting 17 Village Employment Councils (VECs) to Kusimkolgre Koshi Ghat of Williamnagar in East Garo Hills District. This was decided as per the resolution taken during a meeting held on 15th March, 2011 at Nengmandalgre. Before the construction of suspension footbridge locals used... Continue Reading →

Magic Soak Pit of Nanded Pattern

Nanded District of Maharashtra has uniquely taken over the task of making the villages mosquito free with the help of Mahatma Gandhi NREGA. The implementation covers around 30 villages and has ensured the dwellers a peaceful sleep while the disease causing mosquitoes are kept at bay. The intervention focuses upon breaking down the life-cycle of... Continue Reading →

Hygiene with magic soak pit

Waste water management is a huge challenge in today’s world. Be it in rural or urban areas, lack of planning and infrastructure for waste maganement leads to unhygienic living conditions giving rise to diseases and unhealthy situations. In the State of Telengana, soak pits are being constructed at household level and community level under Mahatma... Continue Reading →

Stone pitching work on ponds

Shakhadasar – 2 Gram Panchayat of district Bhavnagar, Gujarat has implemented Stone-pitching project of ponds with a complete support from Mahatma Gandhi NREGA. This project was taken up to strengthen the walls of the water bodies in order to increase the retention capacity and capability. It prevents soil erosion and provides strength to the walls.... Continue Reading →

Construction of threshing yard under MGNREGA

In certain areas in Karnataka, farmers thresh their harvested crops by laying them on the road, and allowing them to be run over by vehicles. This is unscientific and leads to tremendous wastage of crop. It also poses danger to travellers and the farmers. In light of this problem, threshing yards were constructed in Chitradurga... Continue Reading →

Accelerating sanitation coverage in rural areas

Suangpiulawn Gram Panchayat is situated in Phullen RD Block of Aizwal District in Mizoram. During a survey conducted by the Rural Development Department and Public Health and Education Department in 2015, 25 households without latrines were identified. The construction of Individual Household Latrines were taken up for these 25 households through convergence of Mahatma Gandhi... Continue Reading →

Lime cultivation through MGNREGS

Shri Paturi Sambasiva Rao owned an acre of land but, in the absence of adequate irrigation facilities, it was a non-performing asset. In 2013-14, he approached the MGNREGS field assistant, to seek advice on how to make his land cultivable and earn income from it. Post field inspection, Shri Rao was advised to cultivate acid... Continue Reading →

Life secured with open well at Govindapuram

Govindapuram village in Madakasira mandal of Ananthapur district does not have any perennial water sources. Farmers here practice rain fed agriculture and experience regular stress of income insecurity especially those who have small landholdings. Dependency on rain brings uncertainty in crop yields. Shri Balappa is one such farmer who owns two acres of land and... Continue Reading →

MGNREGS restores village life

Many a times, lack of work and sustainable income generation opportunities push villagers to migrate to other places for work, especially daily wagers. This disturbs family balance, health and education opportunities and is not a viable long term solution. MGNREGS works and creation of assets have provided opportunities to citizens in rural India to earn... Continue Reading →

Farm ponds ensure abundant water supply

Gaddasam village in Dattirajeru mandal of Vizianagaram district has six irrigation tanks that together with a couple of tube wells and open wells provide water for the agricultural lands. The total area under cultivation is 1580 acres for kharif and rabi crops and 240 acres for horticulture crops. 0f the total population of 2695 in... Continue Reading →

From barren laterite zone to a garden of festivity

MGNREGS has enabled cultivation of many barren areas in rural India with its focus on land development and natural resource management. Apart from immediate source of income through daily wages, these works provide the village population especially women and self-help groups (SHGs) with sustainable livelihoods making them self-reliant in the long term. IMPLEMENTATION The barren... Continue Reading →

Fishing brings revenue to the village

The nine-acre village tank, Narasimhuni Sagaram at Gangannapadu village of Terlam mandal in Vizianagaram district is located adjacent to the major district road. It is a source of irrigation in over 27 acres in the area where people mostly cultivate paddy and pulses. MGNREGS functionaries have been organizing awareness camps on additional livelihoods that can... Continue Reading →

Individuals Farm Ponds provide protective irrigation

Water conservation structures have regularly been prioritized under MGNREGS especially in areas that practice rain-fed agriculture. In Arcot block of Vellore district, the focus of MGNREGA is to address the issue of water scarcity and uplift the under privileged people and provide them with sustainable source of income. Individual farm ponds allow farmers to harvest... Continue Reading →

Vermi-compost ensures fertility and fortune in lives

Andhra Pradesh has led the way in encouraging vermi-composting work under MGNREGS in convergence with the Horticulture Department to ensure continuous fertility of agricultural lands. Lolugu is a small backward and drought-prone village, ten kilometres away from Ponduru mandal headquarters in Srikakulam district. Despite owning many acres of land, small farmers are unable to cultivate... Continue Reading →

Road restored lives revised

Jaggampet Gram Panchayat of Jaggampet mandal, East Godavari district has a small road that connects it to the State highway. This road was constructed many decades ago and was regularly used by the villagers to access the highways and their agriculture lands. Lack of maintenance and repair work had led to severe deterioration of the... Continue Reading →

Tribals shape up their waste land

In the 11 mandals of Padheru which is an ITDA (Integrated Tribal Development Agency) in Vishakhapatnam district, socio-economic conditions and livelihood opportunities are very poor. People in these areas are mostly backward and lack basic facilities for living and working. They have agriculture landholdings, but since these are in the forest area, they are uneven... Continue Reading →

Desilted channels bring relief to farmers

Silt and weeds often accumulate in the distribution channels of water structures over a period and obstructs the free flow of water, especially to the tail-end farm fields and impact yields. In Penumanchili village of Achanta mandal in West Godavari district, 275 acres of agriculture land depended on one local distribution channel that got heavily... Continue Reading →

Renovating traditional pond system for flood protection and water conservation through Feeder Water Channel

The Bharari Gram Panchayat of village Bharari in Belha block of Bilaspur district, Chhattisgarh included the construction of a Nali (feeder water channel) in the labour budget of 2016-17. Bharari has three interconnected ponds that are used for domestic purposes and to provide drinking water to cattle. ISSUE During the Integrated Participatory Planning Exercise (IPPE),... Continue Reading →

Water Conservation – Liquid Waste Management Project

Gram Panchayat Adhmi under Sanoli Khurd block in Panipat district undertook a liquid waste management project through MGNREGA in convergence with Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin (SBM-G). A pond as a water conservation structure was constructed through this convergence initiative. IMPLEMENTATION The estimated cost of the work was Rs 45.20 lakh of which Rs. 18.14 lakh were... Continue Reading →

Community welfare and benefits through MGNREGS works

Three note-worthy initiatives taken up in various Gram Panchayats of Udaipur district of Rajasthan with the help of MGNREGS works promote enhanced irrigation efficiency, hygienic living conditions for livestock and organic farming. This benefits communities at large and especially the farmers. Harit-dhara project in various Gram Panchayats has repaired damaged sluice gates of 84 irrigation... Continue Reading →

Pyne de-siltation enhances agricultural productivity

Chandauli village in Barri Gram Panchayat under Katra block in Muzzarfarpur district is a flood affected area and has the River Bagmati running through it. Recurrent floods had reduced the agricultural productivity due to siltation on agricultural land and increased water logging. A pyne (irrigation channel) desiltation site was selected in village Chandauli under MGNREGA.... Continue Reading →

Renovation of Pampoorivaikkal Under MGNREGA

In Mathicode Gram Panchayat under Killiyoor block of Kanyakumari district, renovation of three km channel known as ‘pampoorivaikkal’ was undertaken through MGNREGS. Pampoorivaikkal, which is the inlet channel to Mannukulam tank, starts from Adiyamadai near Palliyadi located about 20 km away from Mathicode panchayat. The channel passes through Mathicode village Panchayat covering 50% of the... Continue Reading →

Waste land became an irrigated land

Addakal village and Gram Panchayat under Addakal mandal of Mahbubnagar district demanded and implemented percolation tank work under MGNREGA. There was a place suitable for construction of percolation tank situated below two hillocks. The MGNREGA implementation functionaries, especially the Technical Assistant encouraged the farmers in the area to demand for the work as it would... Continue Reading →

Link Road through MGNREGA transforms lives

Elathur Gram Panchayat under Shencottai block of Tirunelveli district has played a pioneering role in improving the infrastructure of the village through MGNREGA and engaging the villagers to earn wages through the scheme. Gram Sabha has been effectively used as a platform to deliberate on inclusive planning and structured growth of Elathur Village which and... Continue Reading →

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