The central government has notified a hike in wage rates under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme MGNREGA for the financial year 2023 -- 24 with Haryana having the highest daily wage at Rs 357 per day, and Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh having the lowest at Rs 221.
The Union Ministry of Rural Development issued a notification on March 24 regarding the change in wage rates under the MGNREGA Scheme.
The notification was issued under Section 6 1 of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act MGNREGA 2005, which states that the Centre may specify the wage rate for its beneficiaries by notification.
Starting April 1, wage hikes from Rs 7 to Rs 26 will be implemented.
What is the wage in different states after the hike?
Rajasthan had the highest percentage increase in wages compared to last year's rates. The revised wage for Rajasthan is 255 per day, up from Rs 231 in 2022 -- 23.
Bihar and Jharkhand have a percentage increase of around eight from last year. In the last year, the daily wage for an MNREGA worker in these two states was Rs 210. It has been revised to 228.
For Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, which has the lowest daily wages at Rs 221, the percentage increase from last year was 17.
In 2022 -- 23 the two states had a daily wage of Rs 204.
The wages in states range between two and 10 per cent. The states with the lowest percentage increases are Manipur, Goa, Meghalaya and Karnataka.
The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee SchemeMahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme is a flagship programme designed to increase the livelihood security of households in rural areas by providing at least 100 days of guaranteed wage employment in a financial year to households with adult members volunteering for un-skilled manual work.