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The need for a million worksites now -Jean Drèze

-The Hindu Averting a humanitarian disaster in India calls for an explosion of NREGA work in the next few weeks The abominable plight of migrant workers in recent weeks has invaded television screens and stirred the nation’s conscience. Alas, this is just the tip of the wave of hardships that is sweeping through the country. The situation looks increasingly alarming in the light of a series of surveys conducted by Azim Premji...

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Is repurposing MGNREGA the right way forward? -Ashwini Kulkarni and Pramathesh Ambasta

-The Indian Express MGNREGA is not the best instrument to help MSMEs in urban and rural areas. Mixing up its objectives can only lead to chaos with no value addition Newspaper reports suggest that a Group of Ministers (GoM) on employment, whose report is not yet available in the public domain, has made draft recommeNDAtions including some on MGNREGA. Their suggestions include merging MGNREGA with skill development programmes and using its funds...

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Santosh K Mehrotra, Professor of Economics at the Centre for Informal Sector & Labour Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, interviewed by Sobhana K Nair (The Hindu)

-The Hindu India risks losing benefits of the demographic dividend by not creating enough jobs for new entrants, warns Professor Mehrotra. Santosh K Mehrotra, Professor of Economics at the Centre for Informal Sector & Labour Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University and author of the recently launched book Reviving Jobs: An AgeNDA For Growth said the current reverse migration has set the country back by 15 years, and stressed that the economic stimulus...

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One in every four in rural India unemployed, urban joblessness at 1-month low -Prashant K NaNDA * Rural unemployment rate has been growing for the last couple of weeks despite rural economy opening up gradually * Economists believe despite the opening up of the economy, it will take time for unemployment situation to come back to the pre-covid time NEW DELHI: India’s rural unemployment rate climbed to 25.09% in the week ended 24 May from 22.79% in the previous week, while urban unemployment rate declined by over four...

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Mass lay-offs likely in automobile sector in the Millennium City -Ashok Kumar

-The Hindu Lockdown slump may erase 20-30 lakh jobs, says expert Around 20-30 lakh workers, mostly contractual, could lose jobs in the Gurugram-Manesar-Bawal automobile belt due to slump in demand in the wake of COVID-19-induced lockdown, said Harbhajan Singh, chairman of Ease of Doing Business, CII, Haryana. Speaking to The Hindu, Mr. Singh, also former director of HoNDA two-wheelers, said that the Gurugram-Manesar-Bawal automobile belt, which employs around six million workers and is...

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