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“Empowering the rural workforce, one job at a time – MGNREGA is a powerful tool for poverty alleviation, but its success lies in addressing the challenges that hinder its potential”. Discuss

TopicGovernment policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

 Q3. “Empowering the rural workforce, one job at a time – MGNREGA is a powerful tool for poverty alleviation, but its success lies in addressing the challenges that hinder its potential”. Discuss (250 Words)

 Difficulty level: Easy

 Reference: Insights on India

 Why the question: 

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 2 and mentioned as part of the Mission-2023 Secure timetable.

 Key Demand of the question: 

To write about the potential, successes and limitations of MGNREGA

 Directive word: 

Discuss: This is an all-encompassing directive – you must debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You must give reasons for both for and against arguments.

 Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Start by explaining what MGNREGA is and how it has been a game-changer for rural employment in India.

Body:

Discuss the key features and potential of MGNREGA and how it can help in alleviating poverty in rural areas.

Discuss the challenges faced by MGNREGA, such as corruption, delays in wage payments, inadequate funds, lack of awareness, and poor implementation.

Highlight the steps taken by the government to address the challenges and improve the implementation of MGNREGA. Also, suggest some measures that can be taken to make MGNREGA more effective.

Conclusion:

Summarize the key points discussed and emphasize the need to address the challenges that hinder the potential of MGNREGA to empower the rural workforce and alleviate poverty.