Women Empowerment Through MGNREGA: An Empirical Study of MEWAT (Haryana)
Women in Indian society represent a totally deprived lot. Their empowerment has a great potential in leading the
country to spectacular development. The emerging issues and challenges in rural India also compel us to adopt a pragmatic
support system to empower the women. MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) and its
implementation support this agenda through facilitating the essential processes of entrepreneurship, capacity building,
education, health and hygiene etc. especially by involving the women folk of the rural India. The achievement of inclusive
growth and overall development is highly dependent on the gender equality and prosperity of women in the rural society.
The paper explains the potential of this program and its role in individual performance. 15 Panchayats of Mewat district of
Haryana have been taken as a sample for the study. The sample has the representation of both male and female categories.
The study focuses on the impact of MGNREGA in Mewat region on the women population and their different development
indicators. The analysis shows an encouraging result and identifies significant changes in rural women entrepreneurship
through these arrangements.
Keywords— Women Empowerment, MGNREGA, Gender Parity, Rural Development, Mewat.