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As of Feb 20, 2023, employment has been offered to 6.65 crore households (99.8% of households that demanded employment), and 5.87 crore households have availed employment (88% of households that demanded employment)

A total of 221.60 crore person days has been generated as on Nov 30, 2023, which is more than the person days generated during the same period in the last financial year i.e. 208.74 crore persondays.(source)

Permissible Works under MGNREGS -
1.water conservation and water harvesting including contour trenches, contour bunds, boulder checks, gabion structures, underground dykes, earthen dams, stop dams and springshed development;
2.drought proofing including afforestation and tree plantation;
3.irrigation canals, including micro and minor irrigation works;
4.provision of irrigation facility, dug out farm pond, horticulture, plantation, farm bunding and land development on land owned by households specified in paragraph IC;
5.renovation of traditional water bodies including desilting of tanks; development;
7.flood control and protection works including drainage in water logged areas including deepening and repairing of flood channels, chaur renovation, construction of storm water drains for coastal protection;
8.rural connectivity to provide all weather access, including culverts and roads within a village, wherever necessary; of Bharat Nirman Rajiv Gandhi Sewa Kendra as Knowledge Resource Centre at the Block level and as Gram Panchayat Bhawan at the Gram Panchayat level;
10.agriculture related works, such as, NADEP composting, vermicomposting, liquid bio-manures;

Over the last five years, the number of days of employment per household has averaged around 51 days.
During the same time, the proportion of households that completed 100 days of wage employment has not crossed 10%

The higher participation of women under MGNREGA has been referred to as the "feminisation of poverty" by several academics over the years.
MGNREGA work is hard manual labour at minimum wages and is a fallback option for rural women who have the least opportunities to access decent work.
Read our story on this:
MGNREGA: The Last And Often The Only Resort For Indian Women

Rs 60,000 crore had been allocated for MGNREGS in 2023-24.
This is 33% lower than the revised estimates of 2022-23.
In 2022-23, Rural Jobs Programme Budget Cut by 18%
However, actual expenditure on the scheme being higher than what was budgeted has been a consistent trend since 2015.

Read more about allocation in the interim budget:
#Budget2024: How Are Development Programmes Faring?

Financial assistance shall be provided by Central and State Governments in the ratio of 90:10 respectively.
Uttar Pradesh, followed by Tamil Nadu recieved the highest funds between 2018 and 2023

Find out more about MGNREGS budget and wages in our interview with Jean Dreze -
No Point In India Growing So Fast If Wages Stagnate And Social Spending Is Slashed

The National Mobile Monitoring System application needs to be scrapped because it meets no objective, say experts. Technology must be appropriate for workers and not cause them more pain.

Read more about the The National Mobile Monitoring System application:
Flawed MGNREGS Attendance App Impacts Workers’ Pay In World’s Largest Rural Jobs Programme