poverty: Parable of inequality: MGNREGS as social protection

While the first wave saw migrant workers return to their countries of origin, further deepening the initial crisis, the reliance on the program was evident.


Through its sophisticated social protection system with programs such as the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) and the Public Distribution System (PDS) that aim to uplift the poorest of the poor, India has offered lessons by providing existential security to the most vulnerable.

The pandemic has set back global social progress by years and exposed new groups of urban tertiary-educated people to the risks of falling into poverty, thereby changing the profile of poverty. It has also halted sustained but uneven progress towards reducing gross inequalities and eradicating poverty in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. Regions prone to armed conflict and disasters due to climate change had

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