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Women Workers and perceptions of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, India

Khera, Reetika and Nayak, Nandini (2009) 'Women Workers and perceptions of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, India.' Economic and Political Weekly, 44 (43). pp. 49-57.

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Abstract

The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, which entitles rural households to 100 days of casual employment on public works at the statutory minimum wage, contains special provisions to ensure full participation of women. This paper, based on fieldwork in six states in 2008, examines the socio-economic consequences of the NREGA for women workers. In spite of the drawbacks in the implementation of the legislation, significant benefits have already started accruing to women through better access to local employment, at minimum wages, with relatively decent and safe work conditions. The paper also discusses barriers to women’s participation.

Item Type: Articles
Keywords: India, NREGA, employment works
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Development Studies
Depositing User: Nandini Nayak
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2009 12:28
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/7899

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