Employment Guarantee Programme and Dynamics of Rural Transformation in India

Challenges and Opportunities

  • Madhusudan Bhattarai
  • P.K. Viswanathan
  • Rudra N. Mishra
  • Cynthia Bantilan

Part of the India Studies in Business and Economics book series (ISBE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. Madhusudan Bhattarai, P.K. Viswanathan
    Pages 1-28
  3. MGNREGA: Macro Perspectives and Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. D. Narasimha Reddy, A. Amarender Reddy, Madhusudan Bhattarai, N. Nagaraj, Cynthia Bantilan
      Pages 71-101
    3. A. Narayanamoorthy, Madhusudan Bhattarai, R. Suresh
      Pages 131-152
  4. MGNREGA: State Level Experiences and Outcomes

  5. MGNREGA: Micro Level Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
    2. N. Nagaraj, P.S. Srikantha Murthy, M. G. Chandrakanth, Madhusudan Bhattarai, Namrata Singha Roy
      Pages 265-287
  6. MGNREGA: Governance Challenges and It’s Future Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 289-289
    2. Amita Shah, Aasha Kapur Mehta, P.K. Viswanathan, Nicky Johnson
      Pages 307-343
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 345-360

About this book


This book offers an assessment of the performance, impact, and welfare implications of the world’s largest employment guarantee programme, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). Launched by the Indian government, the programme covers entire rural area of the country. The book presents various micro-level analyses of the programme and its heterogeneous impacts at different scales, almost a decade after its implementation. While there are some doubts over the future of the scheme as well as its magnitude, nature and content, the central government appears committed to it, as a ‘convergence scheme’ of various other welfare and rural development programmes being implemented at both national and state level. The book discusses the outcomes of the programme and offers critical insights into the lessons learnt, not only in the context of India, but also for similar schemes in countries in South and South-East Asia as well as in Africa, and Latin America. Adopting inter-disciplinary perspectives in analysing these issues, this unique book uses a judicious mix of methods---integrating quantitative and qualitative tools---and will be an invaluable resource for analysts, NGOs, policymakers and academics alike.


Employment Guarantees Program MGNREGA Social Protection Social Safety Nets Convergence Initiatives Capital Formation in Agriculture Rural Asset Creation Rural Labor Markets

Editors and affiliations

  • Madhusudan Bhattarai
    • 1
  • P.K. Viswanathan
    • 2
  • Rudra N. Mishra
    • 3
  • Cynthia Bantilan
    • 4
  1. 1.Jalsrot Vikas Sanstha (JVS)KathmanduNepal
  2. 2.Amrita School of Business, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Deemed to be University)KochiIndia
  3. 3.Gujarat Institute of Development ResearchAhmedabadIndia
  4. 4.Research Program on Markets, Institutions and PolicyICRISATHyderabadIndia

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