This paper compares Maharashtra's Employment Guarantee Scheme with the Sampoorna Gramin Rozgar Yojana to find whether the programme is better or worse than the SGRY. A study conducted in 2002-03 in Nasik district, Maharashtra, shows that notions of \"participatory localism\" largely undermine the apparent advantages of the alternative approach. It further suggests that simply reshaping the EGS to make it like the more democratic and decentralised SGRY will not solve any problems.
S. Savale. Programme 2: Mobilising Public Action. Is Local Really Better? Comparing EGS and Locally-Managed Rural Works Programmes in Nasik District. Economic and Political Weekly (2006) 41 (50) 5133-5139.