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NREGS under scanner in Bhilwara

resentatives of the State Government, have joined hands to scan the job scheme going through records and speaking to the people at 1,740 villages in 381 panchayats in Bhilwara in the campaign that staRTEd on October 1 and is scheduled to end this Monday with a public function. As the foot marchers, who set out in 135 groups to verify records in three panchayats each returned with the accounts after four days on Thursday, they claimed to have inte

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Social audits lead to action against corrupt officials

ev Jat, who is a relative of MLA and state minister Ramlal Jat, employed the banned JCB machines to get work done in the NREGS sites, which replaced manual labourers. Since the day social auditing staRTEd, all work related to NREGS had been stopped. The sarpanch happens to be a PWD road construction contractor.   • NREGS work staRTEd quite late in this block despite the availabilit

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Expand and re-orient NREGA by PS Appu

of NREGA is poor implementation. The main reasons for shoddy execution are the decline and degeneration of the administration at all levels, particularly at the block level, and the lukewarm, half-heaRTEd approach to democratic decentralisation. As I am out of touch with field conditions, I am unable to present a comprehensive proposal for setting things right. However, as a Collector in North Bihar five decades ago I had closely observed the robust f

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To a Land of More Returns by Dipankar Dasgupta

vernment that used the act, especially so since the act as it stands does not accommodate “unwilling” farmers. Of course, the government doesn’t deserve accolades either, if, as repoRTEd, it had precipitated violence in the process of implementing the act. According to media reports, a section of the members of parliament has opposed the draft amendments to the same Land Acquisition Act. First, they have demanded a buyback prov

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SEZs Vs Displacement: Join Peoples’ Audit in TN

Sangam, Walaja Unriya Vyvasaigal Nala Sangam, Tamil Nadu Vyvasaigal Inamanamgulam Kilai, Madurai Mavatta Vyvasaigal Nala Sangam, Vyvasa Thozhilar Nala Sangam, Amaipusara Thozhilar Koottamaippu. SuppoRTEd by National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM), Unorganised Workers Federation, Dalit Land Rights Federation (Mannurimai Koottamaippu); Tamil Nadu Women’s Forum and many other TN based peoples’ movement and organisations. Brief B

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Miss the wood for the trees by Sudhirendar Sharma

n. Till he lost to cancer on September 12, Nobel Laureate Norman Borlaug relentlessly fought his arch enemy, the rust fungus, which had engaged him since he first landed in Mexico in 1944 to breed shoRTEr, straighter, stronger wheat which were to liberate the world from hunger over next decades. His brilliance of pulling India out of ‘ship-to-mouth’ existence is well known. The rust fungus that had helped him achieve ‘more than anyon

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Indian flood toll rises further

which many farmers depend on to make a living, have also perished in the torrential rains that lashed the state for nearly a week. "It is a serious situation," Mr Yeddyurappa told repoRTErs. More than 300,000 people have taken refuge in about 1,000 relief camps set up by the government. 'No shelter' Our correspondent, Habib Beary in Bangalore, says that thousands are living without a roof to shelter them and without el

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25 mn more kids to go hungry by 2050; India to be worst-hit

port by the International Food Policy Research Institute said on Wednesday. However, the study finds that the scenario of lower yields, higher prices, and increased child malnutrition can be aveRTEd with $7 billion additional annual investments in rural development especially in developing countries. $7 billion per year of additional investments in agricultural productivity is to help farmers to adapt to the effects of climate change. Inve

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Grow more rice with fewer inputs and save the environment for free!

SRI method was first developed in Madagascar by Fr. Henri De Laulanié, a French priest with a background in agriculture and passion for rural development. Experimentation with SRI got staRTEd at the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development (CIIFAD, http://ciifad.cornell.edu/) under the supervision of Norman Uphoff. The objective was to increase the yield on lowland rice fields and wean farmers away from slash-

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Protest against proposed Cash for Food in Delhi

cash of Rs. 1100/pm to BPL families instead of ration & kerosene oil. They have proposed the scheme to the Planning Commission. The protest is being organized by Delhi Shramik Sangathan and suppoRTEd by several other organizations, trade unions and individuals. The protests have been organized in series at Traffic signals of Sector-I, R K Puram, Uttam Nagar and Peera Garhi on 23rd , 24th & 25th Sept’09 respectively by the residents of s

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