Corona, effect of lockdown: NREGA was the most demanding in May for the first time in 8 years, 2.19 crore families benefited

Coronavirus Lockdown 5.0:  Millions of migrant workers have returned to their hometown due to Corona virus epidemic and lockdown. Due to lack of employment, more than 2.19 crore families used the Grameen Guarantee Scheme in May, which is the highest in the last eight years for the month of May. This information has been obtained from an official data.

Data analysis shows that the number of working families in May was 7.10 lakh more than 2.12 crore during the same month last year. These data are currently available on the MGNREGA portal from 2013-14. Sources in the Ministry of Rural Development told The Indian Express that more than 41 crore persons were given daily employment in May 2020, which was 36.95 crore in the same month last year.

Sources said these are provisional figures which are likely to be revised upward in the coming week. He said that on an average, about 25 million people were given daily jobs in May, whereas in the same month last year, about 1.45 crore people were employed. In the last ten days, on an average more than thirty million people were offered jobs every day.

In 2019-20, 2.15 crore families got work in a month. Similarly, 1.93 crore in 2018-19, 2.28 crore in 2017-18 and 2.46 crore families in 2016-17 got work under this scheme.

In this case, Uttar Pradesh saw a record increase of 21.88 lakhs. 33.22 lakh families were given employment in the state in May 2020, compared to 11.34 lakh in May last year. After UP, the second state is West Bengal where 9.91 lakh jobs have shown an increase. It is followed by Chhattisgarh (7.14 lakh), Madhya Pradesh (4.97 lakh) and Odisha (3.11 lakh).

However, in more than a dozen states and union territories, the decline has also been recorded in May. The largest decline is recorded in Telangana (18.21). Similarly, states like Tamil Nadu (13.29 Lakh), Rajasthan (10.21 Lakh), Assam (2.90 Lakh) and Kerala (1.55 Lakh) also saw a big decline. In Telangana, only 3,884 families got employment under the scheme, compared to 18.25 lakh in May last year.

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