NREGA Job Card 2020 - Benefits, History, How to Check and FAQs

Mahatma Gandhi Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), also known as Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) is an Indian labour law which guarantees ’right to work’ for the people of rural areas. This act was first proposed by the former Prime Minister of India, P.V. Narasimha Rao. The government of India passed the NREGA Act in 2005. The Ministry of Rural Development issues Mahatma Gandhi Job Cards to poor and needy families from rural areas. The main aim of launching the NREGA scheme is to provide a better standard of living to the people belonging from rural areas. MGNREGA has published NREGA Job Card list this year. Under NREGA Act, poor people are employed in unskilled labour work for earning money. This scheme provides work for atleast100 days in a financial year. 

As the job cards are issued by the Ministry of Rural Development (MNREGA), therefore you can view and download it from their official website only. By using the NREGA Job Cards, you can check the list of all the people in your area. For applying for MGNREGA scheme, your name has to be in the NREGA list 2020.  

You can view past ten years NREGA Job Card list of all 29 states of India and union territories in the official website of MNREGA, i.e., Read the article till the end to know more about NREGA Job Card 2020.

Benefits of NREGA Job Card

The benefits of NREGA Job Cards are as follows:

  • You can now quickly check any details or notification related to NREGA scheme through its official website.
  • The main aim for launching the NREGA scheme was to provide unskilled labour work to the rural area people for 100 days so that their standard of living will be lifted. 
  • You can easily download your job card list by clicking on your name from the NREGA Job Card List section.
  • Whoever meets the eligibility criteria for the NREGA scheme, can apply for it. 
  • Under the NREGA scheme, rural people are guaranteed employment and minimum wages. 
  • In the NREGA Job Card, you will find information about the tenure of work that the person has to do. 
  • If the government couldn’t provide work to the applicant within 15 days, then the government will pay employment allowance to that person.

History of MGNREGA Scheme

In 1991, P.V. Narasimha Rao first proposed the NREGA scheme in the parliament. This scheme is implemented in 625 districts of India. NREGA scheme was also published in the World Development Report 2014 and was also called a stellar example of rural development by the World Bank.

How to check NREGA Job Card?

Those who want to download the NREGA Job Card can follow the steps mentioned below:

1. First of all, visit the official website of MGNREGA, i.e.,

2. The homepage will appear and then, scroll down. You will see the ‘Report’ section where you will find the Job Card option. Click it.

3. A new page will open consisting list of all the states of India. You have to select the state from where you belong, for example – click on Assam.

4. Next page will appear where you have to enter the relevant details such as financial year, district, block, panchayat and then click on the ‘Proceed’ button.

5. Once you are done, the job card list will appear. Check your name and click on the job card number to view your card.

6. Check whether all the information provided in the job card is correct.

7. Don’t forget to check the information regarding employment tenure and pay-scale.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is an NREGA job card?

NREGA job cards are cards which provide 100 days employment to the people belonging from rural areas.

Q. Who can apply for NREGA job card?

Workers from rural areas can apply for NREGA job card.

Q. What is the job card?

A job card is a card where all the details regarding your work will be provided.

Q. What are the different types of job card?

There are four types of job cards - Combined Time and Job Cards, Simple Job Card, Job Card Issued for Each Job, Piece Work Card.

Q. What is the difference between NREGA and MGNREGA?

There is no difference between the two; both NREGA and MGNREGA are same.

Q. What is the full form of MGNREGA?

MGNREGA stands for Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.

Q. What is the meaning of MGNREGA?

National Rural Employment Guarantee Act 2005 or also known as Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) is Indian labour law and social security measure that aims at ‘right to work’.

Q. When was the NREGA act passed?

NREGA act was passed on 2nd February 2006.

Q. What the minimum days for guaranteed wage employment in MGNREGA?

MGNREGA provides employment for a minimum of 100 days in a financial year.

Q. What percentage of share has to be given by the state government under the MGNREGA scheme?

Under MGNREGA scheme, the state government will provide 10% of the share, whereas the central government will provide 90% of the share. If the government fails to provide 100 days employment to the workers, then the government have to pay them employment allowance.

Q. What is the salary paid in MGNREGA 2019?

The salary paid in MGNREGA 2019 was ₹211 (approx.).

Q. What are the activities covered under MGNREGA?

The activities covered under MGNREGA are – irrigation and flood management, fisheries and work in coastal areas, watershed, agriculture and livestock-related works, rural drinking water and sanitation works.

Q. Is there any reservation for women under MGNREGA scheme?

Yes, women have 1/3rd of the seats reserved under the MGNREGA scheme.

Q. In which plan MGNREGA was initiated in India?

MGNREGA was initiated under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) on 2nd February 2006.

Q. When was NREGA renamed?

NREGA was renamed to MGNREGA in 2009.

Q. Is MGNREGA a success?

No, MGNREGA is not a success.

Q. What is the wage paid under MGNREGA?

The wage paid under MGNREGA is upto ₹250.

Q. Why is MGNREGA important?

MGNREGA scheme is important because it will provide 100 days of employment to the rural workers, which will help to lift their living standards. 

Q. Who proposed NREGA?

The former Prime Minister of India P.V. Narasimha Rao has proposed the NREGA act first.