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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.

What Skill India Must Do To Succeed In Its Mission

In order to strengthen the national skilling mission the government needs to focus on two specific areas: (a) increasing the role of states, since they have a deeper understanding of local needs and can therefore design and launch impactful programs and (b) ensuring gender inclusion that can capitalise on the entire Indian population.