Samarthan’s Campaign to Improve Access to the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in India

By Ramesh Awasthi (Mahila Sarvangeen Utkarsh Mandal).

This case study was updated in 2013. The full version and short summary are available in English.

In India the implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), which guarantees a minimum of 100 days of unskilled work per year to every poor rural family that needs employment, has been ridden with bureaucratic glitches and widespread corruption. This case study examines a civil society campaign to address problems in the NREGA’s administration and mobilize people to demand work under the scheme.

The full version (August 2011), short summary (August 2011), and one page summary (August 2011) of this case study are available in English. Summaries (August 2011) are also available in Spanish, French, Chinese, and Arabic.

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