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Impact of MGNREGA on Women Empowerment-A Case Study of Cuttack District in Odisha

Journal of Organisation and Human Behaviour

Volume 3 Issue 1

Published: 2014
Author(s) Name: Minati Sahoo | Author(s) Affiliation: Assistant Professor (Economics), Central University of Odisha, Koraput, Odisha, India.
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The paper attempts to study the impact of MGNREGA on women empowerment through their participation in Odisha. It will highlight some facts about level of participation of women in MGNREGA in Odisha. Further an attempt has been made to have an analysis of impact of such participation on women empowerment in Nelia village of Tangi-Choudwar block of Cuttack district in Odisha. It has been found out that the level of participation of women in MGNREGA in Odisha has been between 35-40 percent over a period of five years (2008- 09 to 2012-13). Further it was found out that overall impact of MGNREGA on womens lives has been quite positive in many ways, whether it is by enhancing their economic independence and self-confidence or by helping them to have greater role in decision making in household. An integrated approach that links equality-based rights to manage productive assets and gender inclusive is the need of the hour for addressing risks arising from MGNREGA fatigue.

Keywords: Economic Independence, Empowerment, Gender Inclusive, Participation

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