NREGA in Orissa: Back to Basics?. NREGA: Evaluation Criteria. Compliance with Act/Guidelines Quality of process (e.g. participation) Realisation of workers’ entitlements Socio-economic impact. NREGA: Basic Entitlements. Work on demand Unemployment allowance Minimum wages
Selected Survey Findings
Did most labourers employed at this worksite get employed in response to an application for work?
Proportion of sample worksites where wages had been paid:
Positive feature: Growing awareness of the schedule of rates (e.g. basic rate for soft soil).
Shortcoming: Awareness of the details remains very low (e.g. lift and lead, dressing).
Proportion (%) of worksites that had:
Economic usefulness of the work, in the assessment of survey team:
“Very useful” or “quite useful” 59
“Not particularly useful” 37
Also: There have been major changes over time, with much scope for more.
Transparency and Corruption
There are more…!
Proportion of worksites where
evidence of contractor
involvement was found: 56
Outcome: Job cards are virtually useless.
job card maintenance was
incomplete or irregular: 71
job card entries were made
at the time of wage payments: 7
had a “worksite board” 59
that mentioned the wage rate 55
Good news: Gram Sabhas have started discussing NREGA. However:
Proportion (%) of sample worksites:
a report or statement 8
“Guestimate” of leakages, based on
indirect evidence from the PC system:
If anything, this may be on the low side.
(see Interim Report at www.righttofoodindia.org)