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Awareness about Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act: Some evidence from the northern parts of West Bengal, India


  • Upasak Das

    () (Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research)

  • Ashish Singh

    () (Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research)

  • Nitay Mahanto

    () (North Bengal University)


This study takes up the issues related to the awareness about an ambitious welfare programme targeting the rural population of India, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). The study is based on a primary survey and finds a general lack of awareness about the basic guidelines and the legal entitlements among the intended beneficiaries. This is attributed as one of the reasons for the underlying corruption and the programme not being so successful in the surveyed areas as compared to some other states of India. The paper also provides some suggestions that may result in better implementation of the evaluated programme in the study areas.

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  • Upasak Das & Ashish Singh & Nitay Mahanto, 2012. "Awareness about Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act: Some evidence from the northern parts of West Bengal, India," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 32(1), pages 528-537.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-11-00491

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    1. Das, Upasak, 2015. "Does Political Activism and Affiliation Affect Allocation of Benefits in the Rural Employment Guarantee Program: Evidence from West Bengal, India," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 67(C), pages 202-217.

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    MGNREGA; Awareness; India;

    JEL classification:

    • I3 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty


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