MGNREGS helps reduce dependence on rains

In India, many farmers rely on rain-fed agriculture due to lack of irrigation facilities. Despite owning land, this severely limits their ability to cultivate multiple crops and earn regular income. Even if ground water is available, poor and backward farmers lack resources to harness it or harvest rainwater for assured year round irrigation water. MGNREGS... Continue Reading →


Eco tourism park brings socio-economic upliftment

Once under the control of stone crushing mafias, Akansha, a beautiful Eco-park situated on a hillock in Andharthole Gram Panchayat in Bankura-I block of Bankura district, was converted into a park with fencing and greenery by the Block Administration in 2002 for tourism. The total area converted was 3.68 acre but it was vandalised again... Continue Reading →

MGNREGS sprinkles happiness, assures irrigation

Water harvesting structures under MGNREGS assure irrigation throughout the year for agriculture. Well planned structures tap into natural resources without depleting them and make use of what would otherwise get wasted. Once such perennial spring water source (Kalaganda Canal) is in Kalaganda hill range of Padhanpada village in Adasipada Gram Panchayat of Khajuripada block in... Continue Reading →

Road improvement brings prosperity

Sihinimunda and Bharuamunda are small revenue villages of Jatgarh Gram Panchayat under Komna block of Nuapada district. The village is predominated with Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and migrant communities and the population is largely dependent on local agricultural and marketing of surplus produce for income. Connectivity between the villages was poor with the road conditions... Continue Reading →

Vermi-compost units increase grain production

Most families in Gogri Gram Panchayat under Gogri block of Khagaria district earn their livelihoods through agriculture based works. For the promotion of agricultural work in the area, the panchayat workers were encouraged by MGNREGA workers to construct Vermi compost/NADEP that would positively impact their yields and also utilise the cattle dung from the livestock... Continue Reading →

Construction of Onion Storage Structure in convergence with National Horticulture Mission

Nagamangala Taluk is the largest taluk in Mandya District covering 103885 Ha or 21 % of the district’s geographical area, and the leading contributor to horticulture production in the district. The predominantly backward area has 33% cultivated area under Nagamangala horticulture crops. Apart from seasonal vegetables and coconuts, spikelet onion is one of the major... Continue Reading →

Assured income to displaced population

The availability of MGNREGS public works helps the migrant population or displaced workers earn income that would otherwise migrate out of villages every year in search of work. These migrants leave behind their families, children, aged parents and move away for days together and live under conditions of poverty and starvation. MGNREGS has focused on... Continue Reading →

Yak Enclosure

The Ladakh division in Jammu and Kashmir is the coldest region of the country at an altitude of 3,500 meters and is the toughest terrain to dwell and survive. Rearing of yak is one of the prime livelihood activities of the residents in this area. Construction of yak enclosures was a region specific initiative taken... Continue Reading →

Accelerating sanitation Coverage in Rural Areas

Suangpuilawn Gram Panchayat is situated in Phullen Rural Development 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... Continue Reading →

Farm Ponds under MGNREGS; Transforming lives

Mashal Gram Panchayat under Afzalpur Taluk of Kalburgi District practices 80% rain-fed agriculture. During hotter parts of the year, underground water is used for irrigation, drinking water and other domestic uses leading to drastic depletion of this precious resource and had created drought-like conditions in the villages. It was at this juncture that construction of... Continue Reading →

Rural Haat Supports Village Economy

A village haat is an open market that serves as a trading venue for local producers and buyers in rural areas. It is used by small and marginal farmers, self-help groups, retailers to sell their grains, vegetables or other local products. A big platform as part of haat infrastructure was created in East Sareya Gram... Continue Reading →

Fish Drying Yards of Odisha

Dry fish platforms constructed under MGNREGS have become a great source of permanent income for the poor fishing community in Rameyapatna village under Chikkiti block of Ganjam district situated close to the coast of Bay of Bengal. Engaging in dry fish trade is popular amongst the fishing community here, as there is a big demand... Continue Reading →

Convergence strengthening livelihoods: Helps Animal Husbandry to bloom

Convergence in MGNREGA is strengthening the livelihood capacities of people, leveraging their income potential and facilitating Gram Panchayats to improve their economies. Chalamthang Pacheykhani Gram Panchayat located in Pakyong Block of East District offers a reliable case study to observe and document these positive impacts of convergence and its working at Gram Panchayat level. Here,... Continue Reading →

Restoring Mangrove Forests in Sundarbans

The unique mangrove ecosystem of coastal West Bengal has felt the impact of the rapidly rising population. Urban development, pollution, over-harvesting of wood in the coastal forests and dynamite fishing have severely degraded parts of mangrove belts. In some places, wanton extraction of mangroves has led to its complete disappearance negatively impact the coastal communities... Continue Reading →

MGNREGA Check Dam Saves Flooding Of Farm Lands

During heavy rains, the irrigation tank - Yerra Cheruvu - in the Chellapuram village in Merakamudidam mandal of Viziangaram district used to flood with the surplus water flowing out and either getting wasted or damaging neighboring agriculture fields in the path of the outflow of the tank. In other seasons, these fields had no irrigation... Continue Reading →

MGNREGS: Enabling differently abled to become self-reliant

The MGNREGA guarantees employment and daily wages to any person willing to do manual unskilled work regardless of gender, caste or physical disability. There are special provisions for wage-seekers who suffer from any physical impairment, including provisions for assigning light, undemanding works that enable them to earn with dignity. One such scheme is Chettu-Patta (tree-patta)... Continue Reading →

Avenue Plantation – A Boon to the Rural Poor

Avenue plantation is one of the major components of MGNREGS and is taken up at the village irrigation tanks, road margins and other community places. Besides teak, avenue plantation also includes fruit-bearing trees that have the potential to bring regular income to the people who guard and protect them since the returns from the fruit-bearing... Continue Reading →

Orange plantation on FRA land under MGNREGA

Tripura has tremendous potential for development of the horticulture sector because of its climatic and ecological conditions. Convergence of MGNREGS and the Horticulture Department along with enthusiastic participation by the beneficiaries has enabled the Darjeeling Bari ADC (Autonomous District Council) village of Killa Block in Gomati District to realize this potential. Through MGNREGA, the villagers... Continue Reading →

Converting waste-land into sustainable livelihood

Despite owning an acre of waste-land, Sri Promodh Debbarma was working as a daily labourer due to lack of awareness and knowledge on utilizing the land for a sustainable livelihood. Through MGNREGS and in convergence with the Fisheries Department, he converted the waste-land into a water body for scientific pisciculture. This has not only enabled... Continue Reading →

Individual assets under MGNREGS enhance livelihoods options and income for the poor

To overcome water scarcity, the government has given high importance to water conservation and natural resource management through MGNREGA. To increase livelihood options for the poor, the basic activity of constructing farm ponds are now being used for allied activities such as fish rearing and hatchery for sustainable income throughout the year. For individual beneficiaries... Continue Reading →

Vermi – Composting Under MGNREGS

Vellerivelli village under Idappady block of Salem district is a shining example of creating organic manure through vermi-composting through MGNREGA. About 1.5 hectares of panchayat land was identified for solid waste management and plantation activities in the village. The main objectives for this initiative were to enhance the ecology and cleanliness of the village, segregation... Continue Reading →

Women empowerment through MGNREGA

Supervision and monitoring of MGNREGA work is an extremely important task and is carried out by the Mates. This ensures successful implementation of MGNREGA works as per the needs and demands of the beneficiaries and the wage-seekers. Therefore, it is crucial that there should be sufficient number of well-trained mates in each tola and in... Continue Reading →

Plantation and Ring Well help woman beneficiary become self-sufficient

Keelanagatchi Gram Panchayat under Mandapam block of Ramanathapuram district executed plantation and ring well work through MGNREGA in 2015-16 for individual beneficiary Smt Yasotha W/o Ganesan. Prior to the implementation of this work, the beneficiary’s two acres of land was completely covered with juliflora jungle. IMPLEMENTAION Through the awareness raising activities of MGNREGA functionaries, she... Continue Reading →

Check dam assures water during summers

Mading Piding Bhursa village and Gram Panchayat under Mohla block of Rajnandgaon district identified and prioritised a stop dam as part of its labour budget in 2015-16 through intensive participatory planning exercise –I (IPPE-1) in 2014-15. The objective was to provide water for domestic use and recharge of low-lying areas. The area suffers from water-stress... Continue Reading →

Village Playground through MGNREGS

Gram Panchayat Medta PS Mavli, situated about 20 KM from Udaipur city, has ingeniously constructed a playground in the Medta Government Senior Secondary School with the help of MGNREGA. The GP utilized the recently included development of playground as a permissible work under the scheme. Through this, it addressed the twin issues of funds shortage... Continue Reading →

FRA land turns into Mango orchards

Malerimaha is a small village of Paburia Gram Panchayat under Bioudh block of Boudh district inhabited by 120 families mostly from Scheduled Tribes (ST), Scheduled Caste (SC) and Other Backward Community (OBC). Most of these families practice small and marginal farming, some are landless and few others cultivate forest land for livelihood. Through convergence between... Continue Reading →

MGNREGS provides support for Angadwadi building

Out of 153 permissible works under MGNREGA, construction of Angadwadi centres contribute significantly to overall village development. The Rural Development Department, Government of Punjab has taken keen interest in undertaking this work in convergence with funds from the Ministry of Women and Child Development. For this purpose, Gram Panchayat Jhonowal under Garhshankar block in Hoshiarpur... Continue Reading →

Creating Community Assets on Panchayat land

Many Gram Panchayats in Punjab have taken up land development work on Panchayat land through MGNREGS and created common assets for the village to earn stable incomes in addition to earning wages through MGNREGS. Most of these villages record high levels of distress migration and prevalence of migrant labourers with unstable income. This is a... Continue Reading →

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