A range of workfare programmes prevail to address open and season unemployment in rural areas. It was also noted that several reforms are underway to improve efficiency and reduce leakages, in particular based on the assistance from the World Bank under the Employment Generation Programme for the Poor (EGPP). These reforms will be consolidated further by phasing away the various workfare programmes and incorporating them within an expanded EGPP scheme. It is expected that the consolidation of the various fragmented employment schemes will yield considerable efficiency gains by reducing administrative costs and reducing leakages. As the lead agency dealing with workfare programmes, the reform will be done by the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief in coordination with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development. It is expected that this will be completed by July 2018.
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