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A bridge to nowhere -Sakina Dhorajiwala & Jean Dreze

as escaped attention is that diverted payments have become a widespread problem in recent years, not so much for the middle class as for powerless people such as old-age pensioners and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) workers. The main culprit is the Aadhaar Payment Bridge System (APBS). Shaky foundations The basic idea of the APBS, an offspring of the National Payments

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'Political parties most distrusted, Army, judiciary win people's trust,' says study

Lokniti, surveyed a sample of about 24,000 people from 12 states -- Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, and the National Capital Region of Delhi. The sample is not weighted by state population; instead, each state had about 2,000 respondents. Previous surveys over the last two years have covered 12 more states, and researchers expect to collate all three surveys fo

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Minimum income guarantee Congress' surgical strike on poverty: Rahul Gandhi

-The Hindu Congress chief promises a “real GST”; the party asks Modi to spell out stand Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday described the minimum income guarantee scheme, a promise he made to electors on Monday, as a surgical strike on poverty. Separately, the Congress asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP to spell out whether or not they supported the plan. “They did Demonetisation and Gabbar Singh Tax. We will give NYAY and a real GST. NYAY = Surgic

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Number crunching helps farmers manage water -Manu Moudgil

er-intensive crops. The monitoring, however, declined when implementing NGOs and government agencies withdrew from the village, especially in villages with weak social bonds, says a study by the InterNational Water Management Institute. Of 49 habitations in four districts, only three continued practices and activities started during the APFAMGS programme. Only 34.88 per cent of habitations continued to collect groundwater level data and the equipme

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Eye-opening study on Punjab's rural women labourers poses many questions in poll season -Rajeev Khanna

, the economy and also their households. While bringing out the vulnerability of these women to exploitation of all types, the study also brings out the dire need of programmes like Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) and why they need to be extended in terms of employable days. ‘Socio Economic Conditions and Political Participation of Rural Women Labourers in Punjab’ has been documented by Professor Gian

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Few details, Rs 3.6 lakh crore-question: Will it be a top-up or subsidy tweak? -Aanchal Magazine

tom 20 per cent is eligible for this income, this translates into a total expenditure of about Rs 3.6 lakh crore annually — over six times the outlay of Rs 55,000 crore under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in Budget 2019. “Both income support scheme and subsidies cannot co-exist since it would create huge pressure on government’s fiscal situation,”  Devendra Kumar Pant, chief economist, In

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Rural distress: Last year of Govt saw highest demand for MNREGA jobs in 8 yrs -Shalini Nair

squo;, the person-days generated was just 166 crore. In an indicator of rural distress, the last year of the NDA government shows a marked increase in the demand for jobs under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). Official data show that in 2018-19, the demand for work increased by almost 10 per cent compared to the previous year and also registered the highest number of person-days of work under the scheme since 2

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Missing in National job market: 2.8 crore rural women over the last six years -Jay Mazoomdaar

Labour Force Survey (PLFS) 2017-2018 report by NSSO which the government has withheld, is more acute in the working age group of 15-59 years. New Delhi: Over five crore rural women have left the National job market since 2004-05. Female participation has fallen by 7 percentage points since 2011-12, amounting to approximately 2.8 crore fewer women looking for jobs. The decline, according to the Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) 2017-2018 repo

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Civil society networks urge political parties to go beyond election rhetoric

-The Hindu New Delhi: Accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of deliberately creating and highlighting contention on National security issues as a political strategy, Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav warned that the long term result would endanger National interests. He was speaking in the context of the BJP’s response to Congress leader Sam Pitroda’s comments on the Balakot air

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The cost of crop burning in India is three times the country's health budget -Faizi Noor Ahmad

21 times over, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of data from a new study. Burning of crop residue or stubble remains a key contributor to air pollution over northern India, despite a ban by the National Green Tribunal in November 2015. It will cost the country over Rs 2 lakh crore annually, or three times India’s central health budget, or Rs 13 lakh crore over five years – equal to 1.7% of India’s gross domestic product and eno

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