21 July 2014.
ESID’s latest Briefing Paper is entitled ‘Supply or demand? How politics influences the implementation of the MGNREGA in Rajasthan’. The sixth in a publication series aimed at policy-makers and policy researchers, this short brief summarises findings from the ESID project on India’s National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.
Specifically, the Briefing Paper highlights the discriminatory role of supply-side factors – such as political competition between Sarpanches – in the allocation of work to poor citizens. This leads the authors to recommend that policy-makers collect better and more comprehensive data on MGNREGA allocation in Gram Panchayats to identify and stop such instances of discrimination.