Women Workers, Collective Action and the “Right to Work” in Madhya Pradesh

Part of the Rethinking International Development series book series (RID)


The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act enacted by the Indian Parliament in 2005, created a legal, justiciable “right to work” for all households in rural India and effected the implementation of the largest public works programme of its kind in the world. Adult members of all rural households were now legally entitled to “demand” work on publicly funded worksites, for “at least” 100 days per household per financial year. The enactment of the NREGA was significant, since this was the first Parliamentary statute that introduced a framework of universal, justiciable rights for the implementation of a “developmental” or poverty-alleviation program in post-independence India. This chapter discusses the significance of the NREGA for women workers. It also looks at the potential and limitations of collective action in enabling women workers to access their rights.


Collective Action Informal Economy Woman Worker Minor Child Public Distribution System 
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  1. 1.School of Development StudiesAmbedkar University DelhiDelhiIndia

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