A major chunk of rural people live on agriculture and other allied activities viz animal husbandry, dairying and fisheries, etc. Rural development constitutes of lot of big data related to rural employment which has driven this study to address a research question that what is the application of big data in rural development with special reference to the world’s largest public works and wage employment generating poverty alleviation program – Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA)? The concepts of MGNREGA are novel and innovative though the program continues to suffer from various rigidities depicted from the data. This drives us to the objectives of our research. The objective of the study is to explore literature and big data on rural development with special reference to MGNREGA, explore the upcoming challenges in rural employment with special reference to MGNREGA, identify gaps in existing literature and pave out future research direction. The present study paves various ways for future research directions for academicians, researchers and policy maker.
Tripathy, K.K. and Kumari, S. (2020), "Application of Big Data for Sustainable Rural Development with Special Reference to MGNREGA", Kumari, S., Tripathy, K.K. and Kumbhar, V. (Ed.) Data Science and Analytics, Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 117-150. https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-80043-876-720211008
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