Union budget 2020: MGNREGA funds decreased by 13%, marginal drop in other rural development schemes

NEW DELHI: The allocations in the Union Budget for several emblematic schemes of the Department of Rural Development were marginally reduced to Rs 1.20 lakh crore for the year 2020-21 from Rs 1.22 lakh crore in 2019-20, while the funds allocated for The employment guarantee scheme fell by Rs 9,500 crore during the same period.

According to the Union Budget document presented by the Minister of Finance of the Union in Parliament, Rs 61.5 billion were allocated for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee System (MGNREGS) for the year 2020-21, in more than 13 percent of the total estimated expenditure for 2019-20 which was Rs 71,001.81 rupees.

Sources from the Ministry of Rural Development said the actual expenditure incurred in 2020-21 will be greater than the funds allocated and at least will be on par with the total estimated MGNREGS expenditure for this year.

Senior ministry officials said that the total expenditure under MGNREGS during 2008 to 2014, under the UPA government led by Congress, was Rs 1.91 lakh crore that jumped to Rs 2.95 lakh crore during 2014 to 2020, during the First's mandate Minister Narendra Modi -led government.

Live plus However, the funds allocated under other top-level emblematic schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) and Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (PMAY), social assistance schemes for roads and homes, respectively, in rural areas, have increased.

Al hablar sobre los planes de bienestar social del gobierno para las áreas rurales, Sitharaman dijo: Bajo el Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana para el alivio de la pobreza, se han movilizado 58 lakh Grupos de Autoayuda (SHG). Vamos a ampliar aún plus los SHG.

Unlike the Department of Rural Development, the allocation for the Department of Panchayati Raj has almost doubled to Rs 900.94 crore for the year 2020-21 of Rs 500 crore from the estimated expenses incurred in 2019-20.

Both departments are under the same ministry.

The allocation for the Panchayati Raj Department has increased due to the increased funds allocated to the Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan from an estimated expense of Rs.465.46 million in 2019-20 to Rs7.57.53 million in 2020-21.

Speaking about the importance of panchayats in his Budget speech, Sitharaman said the government's vision is that all public institutions will be provided at the level of gram panchayat such as anganwadis, health and wellness centers, government schools, PDS outlets , post offices and police stations. With digital connectivity

Therefore, Fiber to the Home (FTTH) connections through Bharatnet will link a lakh gram panchayats this year. It is proposed to provide Rs 6,000 crore to the Bharatnet program in 2020-21, he said.