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Impact Analysis of MGNREGA on Job Cardholders in Punjab

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Indian Journal of Economics and Development
Volume 16 No. 2, 2020, 285-290
DOI: https://doi.org/10.35716/IJED/20017
Indexed in Clarivate Analytics (ESCI) of WoS

Mandeep Singh, Mini Goyal and Poonam Kataria
Department of Economics and Sociology, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana-141004
Corresponding author’s email: minig1200@yahoo.com

ABSTRACT
The present study was conducted in Punjab to examine the extent and socio-economic characteristics of the job card holders under MGNREGA. The formulations of the study are based on the primary data collected from a sample of a total of 120 job cardholders selected through a multistage random sampling technique. The majority of the job card holders were in their productive age group which had more strength to work. In Zone-I, twenty five percent of the employment of women did not match with the spirits of the Act which emphasized the employment of 30 percent of women workers under it. The majority of the job card holders belonged to scheduled castes and were illiterate and married. More than half of them had five to six members in the family. About ninety percent of the job card holders were landless and their main occupation was labour. The study found that only about six percent of the income of the MGNREGA workers had come from the employment under it and there was a high-income debt ratio on the families of the respondents taken under study.

Keywords
Income contribution, job cardholders, MGNREGA, socio-economic features.

JEL codes
J20, J38, J41, J48.

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