Left high and dry

Location IconKalahandi district, Odisha
people working on a piece of land with digging and ploughing tools in Terangasil, Odisha-NREGA in Odisha

The COVID-19 lockdown has increased the curve of unemployment in India. At the time of the economic crisis, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) had offered employment opportunities to thousands of families in most of the villages we operate in. It had become the sole income source for most of the migrant workers who were running out of money and jobs. But the support no longer exists; most of the households are struggling now to make ends meet. A Gram Vikas survey shows that 37 percent of households, out of 15,595 households in more than 70 gram panchayats, reported no work under NREGA in April and May 2021.

Gram Vikas is a social development organisation working in Odisha and Jharkhand since 1979.

Know more: Read more about some of the issues plaguing NREGA during the pandemic.



A bitter pill to swallow
Location Icon Gaya district, Bihar; Muzzafarpur district, Bihar

“People have lost their faith in us”
Location Icon Udaipur district, Rajasthan

Small amount, large impact
Location Icon Hazaribagh district, Jharkhand

No rain, no electricity
Location Icon Surendranagar district, Gujarat


Flyash flooding fields in the aftermath of the Reliance Sasan Ultra Mega Power Project breach at Sasan-

Blurred boundaries
Location Icon Singrauli district, Madhya Pradesh
hanging down carcasses of fish that are hooked and tied to a wooden pole-fishing

No more good catch
Location Icon Palghar district, Maharashtra
two members of the Madia Gond tribe in Gadchiroli carrying fuelwood and crossing a river

A high price to pay
Location Icon Gadchiroli district, Maharashtra
Ducks in a paddy field-duck farming

Ducks by the dozen
Location Icon East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh; Ongole district, Andhra Pradesh