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The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act or NREGA as it is known aims at enhancing the livelihood security of people in rural areas by guaranteeing hundred days of wage-employment in a financial year to a rural household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work.
In view of enormous size of the MGNREGA programme it is necessary to make best use of latest Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).Since MNREGA is a right based programme, Smart Cards / Hand held devices can be used as IT tool to ensure rights and entitlements. Smart Cards have the potential to capture details of the Workers, Work and Wages (WWW) including the muster rolls and the job cards
Smart card and hand held devices will have additional advantage of capturing delays in MNREGA projects. It will also enhance the management and monitoring of the MNREGA programme
It rules out the possibility of leakages in the payment of MNREGA projects as the entire wages are disbursed through the bank
These MNREGA workers are perceived by the banking system as additional burden to them and the workers are ill-treated in many cases