Centre for Symbiosis of Technology, Environment & Management

National Level Performance Evaluation Study on Convergence of MGNREGA and NRLM CFT Strategy.

Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) are two flagship programmes of the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. The MGNREGA strive to provide 100 days' guaranteed employment in unskilled manual work to the rural people who have enrolled themselves for job cards and have sought employment from time to time. The Scheme also aims at creation of durable assets, which can generate livelihood opportunities. The NRLM seeks to promote self-employment through Self Help Groups (SHG) in the rural areas, which takes up income generating activities based on the availability of local resources and demand for goods and services. Both MGNREGA and NRLM aspire to improve the livelihood opportunities to rural poor. Cluster Facilitation Team (CFT) strategy was piloted to bring convergence between MGNRGA and NRLM, so that there is a synergistic effect on the reduction of poverty. The CFTs are to play role of ‘Technical Secretariat’ covering approximately one third of GPs in a block, with a three members Team. As a norm, each CFT block is expected to have three CFTs, to cover the entire GPs, in a block. The CFT strategy was initiated in backward blocks of NINE states in 2014. The evaluation of CFT strategy was undertaken on behalf of the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), Government of India. Duration of the study is SIX months, starting from January 2020.