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Are farm loan waivers a political gimmick? -Vikas Dhoot

rm sector creates jobs. As per NABARD [National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development] data, 23% of rural income is from agriculture, so the rest is from non-farm activity. The rate of growth in Agricultural Wages has stagnated and is lower than in earlier years when MGNREGA and the construction sector helped boost wages. The rural economy overall, agricultural as well as non-farm, is facing a demand problem and low incomes, which has caused farm

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No change in MGNREGA wage rates observed between 2018-19 and 2019-20 for 4 states & 2 UTs

. The recommendations of the Nagesh Singh Committee are still under consideration in consultation with the Ministry of Finance. The issue of divergence between wage rates under MGNREGA and minimum Agricultural Wages is on account of the fact that the states do not follow a uniform policy of wage revision for minimum agricultural wage, says the Nagesh Singh Committee report. The Committee was of the opinion that the wage rates under MGNREGA are n

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

t, it’s only in Nagaland that the MGNREGA wage is higher than the state’s minimum wage. Last year, The Indian Express had reported that in 2018-19, MGNREGA wages were below the minimum Agricultural Wages in 28 out of 35 states and UTs, owing to marginal hikes — the scheme is not applicable in Delhi. There is no consolidated data on minimum wages available with the central government as these are notified by individual states. H

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Exercise in manipulation -CP Chandrasekhar

griculture, saw their wages rise by 3.8 per cent during the Modi years, when per capita GDP rose by 6.1 per cent. These workers clearly did not do as well as the rest. On the other hand, under UPA II Agricultural Wages rose faster, by 7.7 per cent, as compared with a 6 per cent growth in per capita GDP. Second, while the richest 10 per cent of income tax payers saw their share in total taxable income rising from 56.2 per cent in 2014-15 to 57.9 per

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Rural distress and demand up, NREG gets lowest wage hike for 2019-20 -Shalini Nair

ily. The continued low wage hike is the outcome of the Finance Ministry’s rejection of the expert Mahendra Dev panel report that recommended bringing NREG wages on par with the minimum state Agricultural Wages and then indexing it to Consumer Price Index (Rural) for annual revision. Dev is the Director of the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research. The panel had said that the existing practice of linking it to Consumer Price Index

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Jean Dreze, the Belgian-Indian economist, interviewed by Ujjawal Krishnam (National Herald)

eal wages to rise. Further, many small farmers are also part-time labourers, and if they are doing well, once again you would expect them to be able to secure higher wages. The growth rate of real Agricultural Wages has been quite low for a long time, and virtually nil in the last few years, so far as we can tell from available data. Dealing with this requires wide ranging and sustained action to increase agricultural productivity as well as non

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How The Modi Government is Killing Off MGNREGS -Subodh Varma

labourers and small farmers – is in shambles. Rural areas are already suffering from immense distress because of a raging agrarian crisis, reflected in diminishing farming incomes, stagnant Agricultural Wages and rising unemployment with such consequences as increasing indebtedness, suicides and out-migration. On top of that, this strangling of the MGNREGS (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme) has deepened the distress

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Rural distress can't get buried in growth story -Himanshu

ery, rural wage growth of non-agricultural labourers continues to be in negative territory for the fourth month in a row. The wage data is now available up to February 2018 and it shows that real non-Agricultural Wages have been declining since November 2017. While real wages of agricultural labourers have moved out of negative territory after declining for two consecutive months, the growth at 0.2% is negligible. It is not just the overall story;

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India bearing the cost of ignoring rural distress -Himanshu

ficult to conclude that it suggests a sign of an overall revival in the rural economy. The reality appears to be more complex than these numbers suggest. The decline in agricultural as well as non-Agricultural Wages is a sure sign of continued distress in the rural economy, notwithstanding the signs of “green shoots” reported by the high frequency sales data. However, these two contradictory trends also suggest worsening inequality i

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Jean Dreze, development economist and social activist, interviewed by Rupashree Nanda (CNN-News18)

of the economy but the improvement of people’s living conditions. That is where the economic situation leaves much to be desired. One dramatic symptom of this is the virtual stagnation of real Agricultural Wages in the last four years. Another is the damage inflicted by demonetisation on people’s lives. The paradox, so to speak, of fast economic growth and slow social progress is far from new in India, but it is perhaps more striking than

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