The Government of India is yet to release the additional Rs 6,084 crore for NREGA “promised” on January 15, 2019. Pointing this out, the NREGA Sangharsh Morcha, in a statement, has said, the promise came after several MPs activists, former bureaucrats, academics and leaders of farmers’ movements wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister to highlight the chronic underfunding of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA).
By the end of December, the statement said, 99
The statement further said, “According to the official NREGA website (nrega.nic.in), the total central release so far is only Rs 53,353 crore. Including the state share, the total availability of funds is Rs 59,709 crore, whereas the total expenditure so far is Rs 63,537 crore.”
It added, “Thus, there is a deficit of Rs 3,828 crore. On January 25, 2019, Jharkhand Government wrote to the Ministry to request
Demanding immediate release of the funds, NREGA Sangharsh Morcha said, the Government of India should also ensure clearance of “pending liabilities” and “adequate funds for the remaining two months of the financial year.”