The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) is a flagship programme of the Indian government that aims to provide employment to the rural poor and create rural infrastructure. The scheme guarantees at least 100 days of employment to every rural household in a financial year. The scheme was launched in 2005 by N Chandrababu Naidu and has been successful in providing employment and livelihood opportunities to the rural poor. The SPSR Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh has made significant progress in implementing the MGNREGS scheme under the administration of Shri Nara Chandrababu Naidu, the former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.
As a result of the MGNREGS scheme, employment opportunities and infrastructure creation have been created in the SPSR Nellore district. As a result, the district achieved its monthly targets and ranked first in the state. It has contributed to enhancing livelihood security in these areas and has been the best performance in the district in 14 years. In the difficult times of the pandemic, the scheme has provided employment to tens of thousands of workers.
Its efforts have contributed to drought-proofing and flood management in Andhra Pradesh, as well as empowering women and SC/ST groups. Nellore was able to develop assets like village secretariats, buildings, houses, Anganwadis, and Rythu Bharosa Kendra’s, using 40% of the scheme. The scheme has helped provide income and employment to the rural poor, which has positively impacted poverty eradication and empowerment of disadvantaged groups in rural areas. For more local news and the Nellore TDP live updates visit the TDPs official website.
Former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has directed the TDP leaders in the state to make use of ₹4,000 crores for NREGA works to reach the target of ₹10,000 crores for that financial year. This shows the commitment of the government towards the welfare of the rural poor and the importance of the MGNREGS scheme in providing employment and livelihood opportunities to the rural poor.
The TDP government in Andhra Pradesh has also been focusing on shifting farmers from low-income agriculture to high-income horticulture. The government of N Chandrababu Naidu has been successful in achieving a growth rate of 11%, which is much higher than the national growth rate of 3%. The government has been using river linkage to irrigate drought-prone regions, which has helped to ensure that sowing activity is not affected despite a 35% rainfall deficit. The TDP government has been working towards improving the income of farmers and providing them with alternative sources of income.
In discussions with the farmers, the TDP political party national president N. Chandrababu Naidu initiated a separate MGNREGS work calendar for allied sectors and for agriculture, clearly calculating the number of empowered 100 days of guaranteed employment. This shows the government's commitment towards improving the lives of farmers and ensuring that they have a stable source of income throughout the year.