How to Enroll For MNrega
One of the most noble employment schemes for rural unemployed Indians, NREGA aims at alleviating livelihood of people by guaranteeing hundred days of unskilled wage-employment within a particular financial year. NREGA ensures that any/all member(s) of rural family who volunteer to do unskilled manual work should have enough opportunity for at least 100 days to work out livelihood for his/her family. All adult member of a rural household residing in that area are eligible to apply in this scheme.
How to register under NREGA?
Since, this is a form of decentralization process of employment, anyone willing to enroll under this scheme should apply in writing or orally to the Gram Panchayat. The registration and enrollment is free-of-cost for everyone.
The Verification and Job Card
To authenticate the registration of an applicant, the Gram Panchayat verifies whether the applicant lives in the village and whether he/she is an adult. Once, this process is done by Gram Panchayat, they issue a Job Card, which is later used in applying for work.
Job Cards: A necessary document
A Job Card is a legal document which empowers a registered person or household to demand employment. It is ideally issued within 15 days of application and is valid for next 5 years. It carries basic information of applicant/household along with their photographs.
How to apply for work?
Possessing a Job Card only, does not entitle a person to receive employment. To get work, the job seeker has to submit a written application, again to the Gram Panchayat or Programme Officer (at block level), demanding work for the duration the person/household wants to work for. It is worth mentioning here that the minimum number of days for which you can demand work is at least 14 days of continuous work.
Overall, it’s a good scheme floated by government to ensure bare minimum employment in rural areas and help people with enhance their livelihood. Although, there have been provisions made for its transparent functioning, its effective implementation depends on the local administration of a particular village.