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Forget 150 days employment under MGNREGA! Numbers on ground not even half of existing 100 workdays

EGA between FY16 to FY19 stand at 47, which is not even half of the 100 days of guaranteed work Congress in its manifesto released Tuesday promised 150 days of guaranteed work under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), a far cry from the actual numbers on ground which do not even meet the current threshold of 100 days of employment. As per government data, the average days of employment provided per household under MGNREGA betw

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Employment rate in India declines

-The Hindu The Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) data have revealed a drastic increase in the number of unemployed people in India. A comparison of the employment-to-population ratio (EPR) in rural versus urban areas shows significant variations. Rural EPR came down relatively more in 2017-18 compared to urban EPR, according to the PLFS data accessed by The Hindu. Rural women hit the most Among all the cohorts, the EPR of rural women registered the sharpest decrease in 2017-18. I

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Adding egg or milk can reduce stunting in young children: study -R Prasad

e a high-quality protein source, is not as well digested and absorbed as other high-quality food proteins such as egg. The team found that the risk of stunting in children aged 1 - 3 years (in the National Family Health-4 survey) was reduced by 10% when high quality proteins such as egg and milk were consumed along with a combination of cereals and pulses. This food-based reduction of risk can be achieved by adding 200 ml of milk or milk products (

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Prices of essential medicines, stents to go up by over 4% -Rupali Mukherjee

on the basis of WPI at 4.26% for calendar year 2018. The revision in prices of both stents and medicines will come into effect from April 1. While prices of 871-odd medicines that are part of the National List of Essential Medicines are expected to go up by over 4%, ceiling prices of drug-eluting stents (DES) have been revised upwards of Rs 30,080, and bare metal stent at Rs 8,261 (exclusive of GST). Please click here to read more.

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MGNREGA wages fall below minimum wage in 34 states, Union Territories -Shalini Nair

tate-notified minimum wages since 2009, when both were brought on a par for the first time. New Delhi: FOLLOWING THE lowest increase since its inception, wages being paid under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Scheme (MGNREGA) have fallen below the minimum wage in 34 of the 35 states and union territories. Data shows that this is the maximum recorded divergence between the Centre-notified MGNREGA wages and the state-notified minimum

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Rural distress is real: Negative monthly growth of real wage rates witnessed in rural areas for 9 consecutive months, starting from November 2017

goods and services, which is produced by various sectors of the economy. When money becomes available in the hands of rural workers due to government spending on programmes such as Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), it generates demand for commodities. The production of commodities generates additional demand for credit, raw material and workers. The wages paid to the newly recruited workers creates further effective

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Holes in cancer drug price cap -GS Mudur

nses because many of these medicines’ prices remain “prohibitive”, a network of patients’ rights groups said on Saturday. The All India Drug Action Network (Aidan) said the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority’s cap on profit margins in effect “legitimises” the high prices of many brands. It has asked the government to adopt a “cost-based” price control on all essential medicines. The ca

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Has NDA-II addressed India's housing challenge? -Sneha Alexander & Vishnu Padmanabhan National Democratic Alliance has revamped the long-running Indira Awaas Yojana housing scheme but India remains a long way from Housing for All The quality of housing is the most visible aspect of poverty. In India’s cities and villages, the poorest almost always live in makeshift or dilapidated homes, which can be bad for their health and hurt their productivity. Governments have long tried to address this through differen

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Limits of handout politics -Rama Bijapurkar and Rajesh Shukla

numbers came from. Official government surveys measure household expenditure, not income. Hardly any robust household income study exists in India, because adopting and administering rigorous interNationally prescribed measurement methodology and designing samples that effectively capture the complexity of India is tough and hellishly expensive. We know this from our own experience of doing such studies, the most recent of which was in 2016 (www.ic

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Why is South Asia performing so badly on the SDGs? -CP Chandrasekhar and Jayati Ghosh

as reducing inequalities, or creating sustainable patterns of consumption and production and acting against climate change. Also, it is only a few years since these goals were adopted by the interNational community, and therefore to expect significant progress on them already may be over-optimistic. Nevertheless, the direction and pace of change towards meeting these goals is important. South Asia (and particularly India) was something of a laggar

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