The new Food Minister of
tells, I spoke to this and that, but correctly admits that the NREGA is a crook which kills the labour productivity. India
From his interview with ET:
- In my younger days the question was scarcity. In Kerala very often we got rice only one time of the year. For the rest of the time we had to manage with things like tapioca. From that period of scarcity now there is availability. No one questions the availability.
- Then comes the question of purchasing capacity. Purchasing capacity has increased, especially after the NREGA. Recently I went to Tamil Nadu. In one of the villages, sugarcane farmers said they are not getting agricultural labour because of NREGA. Kerala doesn’t have enough rubber tappers.
To be sure, inflation has increased after the NREGA, subsidies, unlimited money printing, etc