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Life to Public works under MGNREGA: HUL’s 42-crore initiative


  • Job-seekers are finding jobs right in their villages under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) through an innovative publicprivate-civil society partnership driven by Hindustan Unilever (HUL).
  • It’s indeed rare for a large corporate entity to directly engage on NREGA although a few like ITC have had brushes with the scheme. Now, the HUL pilot is beginning to interest large corporations. The engineering giant L&T and also banks like HDFC and HSBC are watching with keen interest. It’s a good augury.
  • The NREGA partnership in Jalna appears to be a neat fit; with the government extending wages for soil and water conservation work and HUF with Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR), its NGO partner, extending all technical and managerial inputs to the programme.

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