After the state governments’ decision to give a minimum wage of Rs 100 to NREGA employees, the Planning Commission would be making a presentation to Prime Minister on Wednesday suggesting key reforms in the world’s biggest job guarantee programme.
Agreeing to Rs 100 as wage is important for success of Nrega, as it means the state government’ had agreed to increase the link the increase in wages with inflation.
“Increase the wages will not be discretion of the state governments as it is not per Minimum Wages Act. Linking it with WPI, it would mean that Nrega worker’s wage would automatically increase with increase in food prices,” said Mihir Shah, member Planning Commission.
“The PM is of the opinion that the Commission is an essay in persuasion. The greater role of the Plan panel is to put ideas into action. We are looking at ways to improve demand under Nrega to create durable assets to that agriculture benefits in a longer run,” Shah said.
Seeking to streamline the implementation of Nrega and other aam aadmi flagship programmes, the Planning Commission will also seek Singh’s approval on overhauling the Council for Advancement of People's Action and Rural Technology (CAPART) and the National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD) — the institutions also responsible for its fruitful execution.