Human Development Strategy of MGNREGA
In India, the trajectory of development moves from the centrality of economic variables to human development variables. The three components of human development are literacy, longevity, and access to income. This book concentrates on the component of access to income. As the global economy has experienced the trade cycles of boom and crisis in recent years, the volatility of markets has resulted in an increase of the unemployment rates both in developed and developing countries. The faces of unemployment in developing countries evolve in the form of poverty, illiteracy, and a shortened lifespan, causing a vicious cycle. Following a theoretical analysis of development and unemployment, this book tackles the issue by examining the impact and implications of India's employment strategy. Even though there has been impressive economic growth in India, whether the benefits of it have reached the needy millions remains a debatable topic. Through the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), which is the government's employment strategy, the trickle-down effect is being implemented for inclusive growth. The book analyzes the impact and implications of this program in four southern Indian states. Though the decline in the percentage of people living below poverty line is minimal, can MGNREGA be established as a program to raise the people's living standard? The book's theoretical content and analytical data substantiates the current Indian debate on BPL issues with a global perspective.
Publication Date: 10/1/2012