MGNREGA world’s largest public works programme: World Bank

Date: July 08, 2015


 ‘The State of Social Safety Nets 2015′: A Report by World Bank

According to World Bank report, India’s rural employment guarantee programme MNREGA has been ranked as the world’s largest public works programme.MGNREGA provides social security net to almost 15 per cent of the country’s population.

The world’s five largest social safety net programmes are in China, India, South Africa and Ethiopia reaching over 526 million people.

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Major Highlights:-

The Mid-day meal scheme of India has been classified as biggest school feeding programme benefiting 105 million beneficiaries.

Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act has 182 million beneficiaries which covers 15% of India’s population.

Janani Suraksha Yojna with 78 million beneficiaries is ranked as the top-most social security programme with conditional cash transfers.

Also, the report ranked the Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme as the second-largest unconditional cash transfer social security programme in the world.

There is need to improve the efficiency of social safety net programmes such as social and beneficiary registries by strengthening individual countries capacity to target, administer, integrate and evaluate social protection programmes.