Examining the Employment Experiences of the PVTGs under the MNREGS in Palamu India

  • Monimala SENGUPTA (Speaker)

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The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Scheme (MGNREGS) is a large-scale employment initiative that debuted in the Indian subcontinent's rural areas in 2006. This gigantic initiative aims to eliminate rural poverty and unemployment together, targeting a wide range of mainstream rural workers and disadvantaged groups such as Adivasis, the elderly, vulnerable groups such as women, and differently-abled people. India is home to 107 million indigenous people who are referred to as Scheduled Tribes (ST) or Adivasis, and within this category of the indigenous population (ST) in India, there is a special sub-category known as the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG) due to their poor social, economic, and health outcome. Taking the disjuncture between work and labour, this paper explores the experiences of PVTGS who participate in the minimum 100 days of work programme under MGNREGS. Based on 43 in depth interviews with the beneficiaries of MGNREGS in Jharkhand, India, the paper explores the meanings that PVTGs attach to their participation in MGNREGS and to what extent such participation furthers the inclusion of this otherwise isolated social group into Indian society.
Period13 Jun 2023
Event titlePolicy and Comparative Development Studies Seminar Series
Event typeSeminar
OrganisersInstitute of Policy Studies, School of Graduate Studies