Report on convergence initiatives in India: an overview

NREGA is the first ever Act, internationally, that guarantees wage employment at such an unprecedented scale. The potential of NREGA spans a range of possibilities. The primary objective of this Act is augmenting wage employment. The choice of work suggested in the Act address causes of chronic poverty like drought, deforestation and soil erosion, so that the process of employment generation is maintained on a sustainable basis. The Act acts as a significant vehicle for strengthening decentralization and deepening processes of democracy by authorising local governance bodies, that is, the Panchayati Raj Institutions. This report provides background and status of MGNREGA, State Government's convergence initiatives and good practices for replication.