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Briefing Paper: Discriminatory politics and MGNREGA implementation in Rajasthan

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.