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Difference Between NREGA And PM-KISAN

India has a larger rural population, and uplifting village people is essential to developing the rural economy. Therefore, different leaders have introduced several schemes during their course of leadership.

NREGA and PM-KISAN are schemes that enhance rural people’s living. This article comprises the differences between NREGA and PM-KISAN.

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What are the Differences between NREGA and PM-KISAN?

The table below contains a brief comparison between MGNREGA and PM-KISAN yojana:

Aspects Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi
Launch Date 2nd February 2006 24th February 2019
Type It is a centrally funded employment generation act that guarantees people’s “Right to Work” and empowers democracy. It is a Central Sector Scheme with Government’s funding to enhance people’s living.
Benefits MGNREGA provides a minimum of 100 days of employment with a guaranteed wage in a financial year. PM-KISAN provides ₹ 6,000 to every family each year through equal instalments every 4 months.
Beneficiary Adult unskilled labours from each family. Farmer family having a maximum of 2 hectares of cultivable land.
Aim MGNREGA aims to amplify livelihood security by providing employment. PM-KISAN aims to produce income support through a targeted money transfer.
Drawback The minimum wage rate is shallow in several states, even lower than those states’ minimum agricultural wage rate. Landless people are not qualified for PM-KISAN but can earn through MGNREGA. In addition, the chances of the needy being deprived are high in this scheme.

These were all essential details to show the differences between NREGA and PM-KISAN. Both these schemes have their own goals to benefit people’s livelihood and well-being and provide income security. However, MGNREGA stood out for being an all-inclusive program. On the other hand, PM-KISAN has been a successful scheme for targeted asset transfer.

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Frequently Asked Questions on MGNREGA and PM-KISAN


Which type of landholders is not eligible for the PM-KISAN scheme?

All the Institutional Landholders are excluded from the PM-KISAN scheme’s eligible categories.


How many states have a lower NREGA wage rate than the minimum agricultural wage rate?

Ans. 17 states have a lower NREGA wage rate than those states’ minimum agricultural wage rate.


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