Battling Corruption: Has NREGA Reached Indias Rural Poor?

Hardcover | July 10, 2013

byShylashri Shankar, Raghav Gaiha

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In an attempt to respond to the needs of the country's poor, the Indian government launched an ambitious workfare scheme, the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) in 2005, which guaranteed hundred days of employment in unskilled manual labour at a minimum wage to every ruralhousehold each year. The book assesses the effectiveness of formal and informal mechanisms - political representation, community social audits, access to information, membership in networks, political competition - in reducing corrupt practices and enabling NREGA to reach its intended beneficiaries in Andhra Pradesh,Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan. The book tests several intuitions and finds that, among other things, political representation for scheduled castes and tribes, and women has produced dividends in the form of higher participation and higher earnings in the scheme by these groups. Lowaccess to information, on the other hand, has hindered the effective functioning of these mechanisms. Written in non-technical language, it is one of the few studies of its kind that blends econometric and ethnographic analyses towards a better understanding of the effective implementation of thescheme.

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In an attempt to respond to the needs of the country's poor, the Indian government launched an ambitious workfare scheme, the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) in 2005, which guaranteed hundred days of employment in unskilled manual labour at a minimum wage to every ruralhousehold each year. The book assesses the effectiv...

Shylashri Shankar is Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. Raghav Gaiha is Retired Professor of Public Policy in the Faculty of Management Studies at the University of Delhi, Delhi.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.01 inPublished:July 10, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198085001

ISBN - 13:9780198085003

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List of TablesAcknowledgementsList of AbbreviationsIntroduction: Challenges in the Battle against CorruptionPART I: AN OVERVIEW OF NREGA1. NREGA's Characteristics and the Methodology of the Study2. Has NREGA Been Successful?PART II: FORMAL MECHANISMS TO ENHANCE THE EMPOWERMENT FRAME3. Install Vulnerable Groups in Positions of Power4. Enabling Transfers to the Poor5. Making Social Audits AccountablePART III: INFORMAL MECHANISMS TO ENHANCE THE EMPOWERMENT FRAME6. Inform the Poor7. Networks, Vulnerability, and Agency8. Does Political Competition Enhance Empowerment?Conclusion: Is the Battle against Corruption Winnable?AppendicesGlossaryBibliographyIndex