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Is MGNREG Scheme Complementary to Fishing Activities? A Study on Some Selected States of India

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  • Chiranjib Neogi

    (Economic Research Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India)

  • Kamal Ray

    (Department of Economics, Katwa College, India)

  • Ramesh Chandra Das

    (Department of Economics, Katwa College, India)

Abstract

Freshwater fish output is taken as a proxy variable for empirical assessment of indirect benefits in terms of enhanced quantity of freshwater fish (output) cultivation. It is not unlikely to assess empirically the productivity of subsidized public scheme when rural development or rural asset generations are underlined in the said scheme, MGNREG Act, 2005. Rainwater harvesting is a major component part of the scheme since about 49.5 per cent of the total fund is already utilized on water conservation and obviously it has an impact on the cultivation of freshwater fish output. Time series data on annual expenditure on MGNREG and corresponding freshwater fish output at the state level are taken during the period 2006-07 to 2013-14 for 16 major Indian states. Fixed effect model and random effect models are being applied and the Hausman specification test suggests that fixed effect model is more appropriate than random effect model. Significant differences among the intercepts of the selected states are revealed as per F test. The results of fixed effect panel regression establish that fish output is enhanced by 0.000257 thousand tones or 0.26 tones if MGNREG expenditure rises by one crore or 10 million rupees. Key Words: MGNREG, Water Conservation, Fish Output, Public Scheme

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  • Chiranjib Neogi & Kamal Ray & Ramesh Chandra Das, 2016. "Is MGNREG Scheme Complementary to Fishing Activities? A Study on Some Selected States of India," International Journal of Research in Business and Social Science (2147-4478), Center for the Strategic Studies in Business and Finance, vol. 5(1), pages 47-53, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:rbs:ijbrss:v:5:y:2016:i:1:p:47-53
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