The government on Thursday announced the ‘Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package’ to deal with the outbreak of COVID-19, though some of its components are already existing and were due for implementation in coming months.
For instance, an increase in the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) wages by Rs 20 with effect from April 1, 2020, has already been notified on March 23 as the revision was due before the end of the current financial year.
The wage rates under the rural job guarantee scheme are announced by the Centre under Section 6 of the MGNREGA, 2005. Moreover, the MGNREGA wages are linked to the Consumer Price Index for Agricultural Labour (CPI-AL). So, the wage rates follows the trajectory of CPI-AL.
Here’s a quick Coronavirus guide from Express Explained to keep you updated: Are smokers at high risk form coronavirus? | Can Vitamin-C prevent or cure coronavirus infection? | What exactly is community spread of coronavirus? | How long can the Covid-19 virus survive on a surface? | Amid the lockdown, what is allowed, what is prohibited?
📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines