Noting that not all the jobs cannot be provided in the areas where the youths want them, he called for encouraging migration across all states by putting in place a policy that removes discrimination against migrants and said some ‘trade offs’ have to be made in the future programme.
‘There are three objectives of NREGA. First to provide wage employment, second is to create durable community assets and third to empower gram panchayats. In states where NREGA has been successful, only two out of the three objectives have been fulfilled. In no states, all three objectives have been fulfilled,’ the rural development minister said.
He was speaking at an event to unveil the Indian Labour and Employment Report -2014. Giving examples of this, Ramesh said that while Andhra Pradesh, which is the pace setter for NREGA, has provided wage employment and durable assets, it has simply bypassed the locally elected gram panchayats.
In some north Indian states like Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, Gram Panchayats have been empowered, wage employment has been created but community assets have not been visible, he said.