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Supreme Court Asks Centre to Release MNREGA Funds to States

The Supreme Court slammed the Centre for not releasing MNREGA funds in a drought-like situation.

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MNREGA has been hailed as the world’s largest social safety net program. (Photo: iStock)
  • The Supreme Court, on Thursday, slammed the Centre for not giving compensation to workers for delayed payment of work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) in a drought-like situation.
  • The apex court said it was unfortunate that the government had no provision for providing compensation to the workers. It also said it was regrettable that it cleared the pending wage bill for 2015-16, only during the pendency of the case.
  • The Centre has admitted before the apex court that the pending wage bill under MNREGA scheme till 31 March, 2016 was around Rs 7,983 crores. However, later the Centre in its affidavit said for April: “an amount of Rs 11,030 crore will be released to the states within one week.”

(With inputs from PTI)

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