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Non-payment of due MGNREGA wages recurred in 2016-17Non-payment of due MGNREGA wages recurred in 2016-17

The focus on MGNREGA got renewed when the Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley during the presentation of Union Budget 2017-18 increased allocation under the programme to Rs. 48,000 crore (B.E.), up from Rs. 47,499 crore (R.E.) in 2016-17. However, it has been noticed by the Inclusive Media for Change team that nearly Rs. 9,748.7 crore of due payment during the last financial year is still pending, as on 2 April, 2017. From the MIS reports section of the official MGNREGA website i.e. www.nrega.nic.in, it has been found that as on 2 April, 2017, 49.4 percent of the pending payments are related to wages of unskilled labourers, 48.6 percent related to material suppliers and the remaining 2 percent related to administrative expenses. Please click here to access. As on 2 April, 2017, the highest pending amount has been observed for the state of West Bengal (Rs. 1,828 crore) in 2016-17.   An...

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Job creation is a major challenge before the govt.Job creation is a major challenge before the govt.

Promises are made to be broken. In its 2014 Lok Sabha election manifesto, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made the promise that if it is elected to the Centre, it will then accord a high priority to job creation and opportunities for entrepreneurship, among other things. But latest data on unemployment shared by the BJP MP Shri Bandaru Dattatreya in written form while replying to an unstarred question in the Lok Sabha reveals that the government has failed to create enough number of new jobs in the economy. In his written reply to the unstarred question no. 682 on 6 February, 2017, the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour and Employment Shri Bandaru Dattatreya said that the unemployment rate has risen marginally from 3.4 percent in 2013-14 to 3.7 percent in 2015-16 for persons aged 15 years and above, both in the organised and unorganised sectors. The unemployment rate...

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Nearly 25% of UP's adults are underweight, higher than the national averageNearly 25% of UP's adults are underweight, higher than the national average

Political commentaries and analyses about the recently concluded assembly elections in 5 states is not yet over. However, amidst the big debates and discussions on development and changing social dynamics, insufficient attention is being paid to the nutritional data that has been released early this year. Among the 5 states where assembly polls were conducted recently, it is the state of Uttar Pradesh that has the highest proportion of adult men and women (that form a majority of the electorate) having below normal Body Mass Index (BMI) in 2015-16 i.e. 25.9 percent and 25.3 percent, respectively. It can, therefore, be said that roughly one-fourth of adult population in the state of Uttar Pradesh is underweight. In the district of Gorakhpur, from where the Lok Sabha MP Shri Yogi Adityanath has become the new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, the proportion of adult men and women having below normal BMI is 25.1...

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Horticulture output likely to exceed foodgrain production in 2016-17 despite meagre growthHorticulture output likely to exceed foodgrain production in 2016-17 despite meagre growth

For the fifth year in a row, horticulture production is expected to surpass foodgrain production. However, as compared to the crop years 2014-15 and 2015-16, when drought was faced by most Indian states, horticulture production this year is predicted to rise by a meagre amount.   As compared to 2014-15 and 2015-16, horticulture production this year is expected to rise by 2.2 percent and 0.4 percent, respectively. However, as compared to 2013-14, which was a normal year in terms of monsoon rainfall, horticulture production in 2016-17 is likely to grow by 3.6 percent. Please see Table-1.   Table 1: Horticulture and foodgrain production in various years (in million tonnes)     Source: Final estimate of 2015-16 & first advance estimates for 2016-17 of area & production of horticulture crops, Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture, 17 February, 2017, please click here to access   Horticulture production outpacing production of foodgrains, Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture, 4...

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Bumper foodgrain output expected in 2016-17 but production during rabi may be lower vis-a-vis 2013-14Bumper foodgrain output expected in 2016-17 but production during rabi may be lower vis-a-vis 2013-14

After facing intense criticisms from various sections of the society following its policy of demonetisation during November-December, 2016, the NDA government has finally something solid to cheer about. Riding on the back of a normal monsoon, gross foodgrain production is likely to reach a record level of about 272.0 million tonnes in the crop year 2016-17. As per the second advance estimates of foodgrain production, which has been released by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare on 15 February, 2017, the total foodgrain production in the crop year 2016-17 is not only expected to be higher than that in 2014-15 and 2015-16, it is also anticipated to surpass the previous record level of nearly 265.0 million tonnes of foodgrain output that was achieved in 2013-14. Source: Second advance estimates of foodgrain production in 2016-17, released on 15 February, 2017, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, please click here to access Note:...

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