Women at Work: Women account for more than 52% of NREGS work
The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme data revealed that over 4.3 crore women have been employed since April
Women account for more than 52 percent of the person-days of work generated under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) since April this year.
Out of a total of 204.7 crore person-days of work, women account for 107.4 crore person-days, according to the data available on NREGS MIS, said a report by The Times of India.
The 2020-2021 data reflect the trends for April to September and it must be noted that 204.7 crore person-days of work have already been generated because of a high demand amid the pandemic.
In 2019-2020, women accounted for 54.7 percent of a total of 265.2 crore person-days generated the entire year.
Women’s proportion to men in terms of person-days of work has not seen any rise during the pandemic and is lower than last year’s total percentage.
The data revealed that over 4.3 crore women have been employed since April. The number is higher than the total participation recorded over the last five years going by the data shared by the ministry in Parliament in March.
According to the data provided by NREGS, as many as 5.9 crore households have got work since April under the scheme and the number of households that worked under the scheme last year was 5.5 crore.
In 2018-19 women accounted for 54.6 percent of total person-days of work generated. In 2017-2018, it was 53.5 percent and in 2016-17 they accounted for a significant 56.2 percent of person-days of work.