Understanding the Dynamics of MGNREGA Beneficiaries through Social Work Lens: A Study in Shivamogga District, Karnataka State, India

Shridhar S. N. *

Department of P. G. Studies and Research in Social Work, Davanagere University, Karnataka, India.

Thippesh K.

Department of P. G. Studies and Research in Social Work, Davanagere University, Karnataka, India.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Abstract

This comprehensive study delves into the intricate tapestry of MGNREGA beneficiaries' perspectives, unravelling a rich array of insights that illuminate their empowerment journey. The objectives of the study include understanding the socioeconomic dynamics of MGNREGA beneficiaries, examining its impact on livelihood security, exploring the role of social work in its implementation, and analyzing the empowerment dimensions of the program. Utilizing data from 80 respondents in Shivamogga District, the study employs the Shapiro-Wilk test for normality, ANOVA for group differences, and Tukey's post-hoc test for specific comparisons. Key findings highlight significant improvements in communication skills, decision-making power, leadership skills, and social empowerment among beneficiaries. Economic empowerment aspects, such as annual income and food consumption patterns, also showed positive outcomes. Psychological empowerment, encompassing attitudes towards the program, role perception, and desire for control, reflected a high level of empowerment. The research highlights the critical role of social work in enhancing and sustaining these positive impacts, offering recommendations for policy improvement and contributing to the advancement of rural development practices. This exploration extends beyond mere statistical analyses, offering a profound examination of the human dimensions that shape empowerment dynamics in rural India.

Keywords: MGNREGA, empowerment, women's empowerment, gender roles, social empowerment, economic empowerment, psychological empowerment, social work, social work implications, transformative change, community engagement


How to Cite

Shridhar S. N., and Thippesh K. 2024. “Understanding the Dynamics of MGNREGA Beneficiaries through Social Work Lens: A Study in Shivamogga District, Karnataka State, India”. South Asian Journal of Social Studies and Economics 21 (6):76-87. https://doi.org/10.9734/sajsse/2024/v21i6833.

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