Environmental benefits of MGNREGA

This project identifies core focus areas for demonstrating environmental benefits of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) works. The focus areas include water conservation, improvement of vegetation and soil. Developing the natural resource base of the project area gram panchayats will provide short, medium and longer term environmental benefits.

The project interventions are aimed at strengthening capacities of gram panchayats to better implement MGNREGA works related to environment benefits. This includes increasing awareness about environmental benefits among all the stakeholders, helping gram panchayats improve planning and implementation of technically sound environment related works and providing support in better maintenance and monitoring of these works.

Broad objectives

Generate awareness about environment benefits among different stakeholders including MGNREGA functionaries, workers and villagers

Build capacity to plan, implement and maintain works related to environment benefits among different stakeholders including functionaries, MGNREGA workers and villagers

Support and add value to the implementation of MGNREGA works that have environmental benefits

Showcase the pilot for upscaling for other MGNREGA works and institutional arrangements

Specific objectives

The gram sabhas take environmental aspects into account at seventy five percent of the demonstration sites, while selecting MGNREGA measures

Participation by women in these gram sabhas is at least twenty percent higher on average than at the start of the programme

Date of start and duration: 10 September 2015 to 9 September 2016 (1 year)

Funding agency: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Progress: The project is being implemented in the Nandrai and Kakroliya Ghati gram pachayats in Bhilwara district and Abhaypur and Sehnwa gram panchayats in Chittorgarh district of Rajasthan. SPWD provides handholding support for revision of technical design of proposals from gram sabha for environment benefit works under MGNREGA. It persuaded gram panchayat, block and district administration to ensure that the works demanded by the community are included in the supplementary plan and budget. SPWD team also provided technical support to gram panchayats and block functionaries for planning for Mukhyamantri Jal Swavlamban Abhiyan, 2015 at Bhilwara. A detailed survey of all the water sources was done with the help of global positioning system in both the panchayats and village wise geographical information systems based planning maps were generated for existing and proposed structures. Detailed layouts with all necessary information were shared with gram panchayats and select members of line departments like irrigation, block office officials, block development officer, public health engineerng department, sub divisional officer, and panchayat raj institution members. Support in IPPE-II and preparation for gram sabhas was also done. The team also worked for mobilizing communities and assisting them in registering their demand for work by training people within the community to fill form-6 (for registration of demand for work under MGNREGA.