Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme

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MGNREGA Is Not The Answer To Rural India's Woes. Here's What Is

Governments cannot be expected to provide ad hoc employment to millions of people until they retire, nor is such a policy beneficial for the larger economy and its productivity. What is a basic function of the Indian government, however, is providing the same people with the skills and education that they need to make themselves employable in the larger economy. India has fallen woefully short in this measure, and the spotlight being on MGNREGA hasn't helped at all.