Villagers in Kalaburagi hail MGNREGA scheme for employment during pandemic

Residents of Honnakiranagi village in Kalaburagi hailed Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme for proving employment during COVID-19 pandemic. According to a worker, "Earlier, people used to go to cities for jobs. Now, people are working in their area and getting payment within 10 days." According to Kalaburagi Agriculture Department Assistant Director C Jeevanagi, "Even educated employees are seeking jobs under MGNREGA scheme. Around 45,000 saplings have been planted in the (Honnakiranagi) panchayat. MGNREGA is helping to stop migration towards cities."