♦ It was formed in 2005.
♦ Goal – To improve people’s livelihood security in rural areas.
♦ It is a universal programme that provides 100 days of wage employment per year to every rural household that expresses a desire.
♦ Its goal is to guarantee the ‘Right to Work.’
♦ Every registered household receives a Job Card (JC) to keep track of the work they have completed.
♦ The scheme is carried out by the gramme panchayat.
♦ Failure to provide employment within 15 days of receiving the job application will result in the payment of unemployment benefits to the job seeker.
♦ Employment must be available within 5 kilometres of an applicant’s home.
♦ Employment under MGNREGA is a legal right.