THE COSMIC CRISP BENEFITS OF MGNREGS ON ECOLOGICAL CONSERVATION: A STUDY WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO KOTTAYAM DISTRICT IN KERALA, INDIADevi K.S.
MGNREGS is one of the biggest safety nets in India for employment generation and environmental protection. The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme came into force in the year 2006 in the 200 districts of the country. Later, it is extended to all the districts in India by 2008. The Programme provides employment opportunities by ensuring environmental protection for sustainable development. The present study highlights the role of MGNREGS in environmental protection and examines the environmental implications of the act. It highlights the initiatives adopted by PRIs for environmental protection in the study area.