On May 17, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that the budget for theMahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), which was capped at Rs 61,000 crore, has been expanded with a further Rs 40,000 crore. The struggle of the unemployed migrants who are marching towards their homes due to the lockdown has spurred the government to give them an opportunity to enrol into the MGNREGA scheme.
The MGNREGA is widely considered a benchmark for Indian labour law and social security measures. With this move, the government wishes to ensure that the labourers who have lost their jobs will get a chance to work on various projects in the monsoon season by registering on the MGNREGA portal. Apart from this, the government has also allotted funds towards the betterment of healthcare facilities, small businesses, and the agriculture industry of the nation.
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