The Union Cabinet has approved direct benefit transfer of wages to the bank accounts of MGNREGA workers. This will prevent delay in payments to workers under the rural employment guarantee scheme. Delayed payments has been one of the biggest criticisms of the scheme that has been allocated Rs 34,000 crore in the current fiscal year, which can be raised Rs 5,000 crore more if revenues pick up. Direct benefit transfer ensures that scheme funds do not get indefinitely parked with the state finance departments. In 2014-15, only 28 per cent of the payments could be made on time to the workers under the scheme.