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Maharashtra Farm Ponds: accelerating groundwater exploitation, rather than harvesting rain? -Amruta Pradhan

e groundwater extraction The main reason for introduction of farm pond scheme was to collect rainwater, which would otherwise have flowed out of the field. According to the guidelines issued under NREGS (National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme) as well as RKVY (Rastriya Krushi Vikas Yojana) a typical farm pond should have an inlet for water to collect from surface run off from higher reaches or to receive pumped water and an outlet for overflow

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Holes in the security net -Anindita Adhikari & Inayat Anaita Sabhikhi

-The Indian Express Demonetisation shows India’s social welfare measures like MGNREGS to be worryingly patchy Following the announcement of demonetisation, reports of its devastating impact on informal sector workers, farmers and migrants began to pour in from across the country. Seeking evidence on two questions — do social security measures work in the face of such an economic shock, and do these programmes themselves face disrup

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Hit by note ban, Bundelkhand's sons come home to more misery -AM Jigeesh

t of people in our village were in Gujarat. Half of them have now returned to find that there is no job and no food here. Severe droughts, floods and hailstorm have made farming difficult. Even the MGNREGS is not working for the last three months,” he says. Kumar says he voted for the BJP in 2014 and has been repenting it. Ram Singh Nanna, an 89-year-old farmer, was a BJP supporter. Nanna claims some of his relatives have come back from Fa

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How tech is undoing NREGA in Jharkhand

-The Times of India Going online was supposed to clean up and smoothen functioning of government schemes like the rural job guarantee scheme MGNREGS. But experience from Jharkhand's tribal districts shows that besides the chronic lack of connectivity, a brand new system of corruption has emerged. And, instead of more transparency, villagers with no knowledge of the electronic way of life are running blindly from pillar to post. Too many flip-flop

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Farmers being encouraged to construct farm ponds -HS Narasimha Kumar

-The Hindu The govt. will provide the complete unit cost of the ponds under MGNREGS Karnataka: In a bid to recharge the ground water table and enable farmers to provide water to domestic animals in summer, the Agriculture Department is promoting the construction of farm ponds. Farmers will be provided with the complete unit cost of farm ponds under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (M More »

Salt to the wound -Prabhat Patnaik

the Economic Survey’s talk of a basic minimum income for all (though this can have disastrous effects if it becomes a substitute for, rather than a complement to, existing programmes like the MGNREGS, subsidised public distribution of foodgrains and public provisioning of services). The budget, however, instead of countering the recessionary effects of demonetisation, has actually added to them. The rate of growth of total government expendit

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Again, Centre puts on hold decision on bringing parity in MGNREGA, minimum wages -Jitendra

possible as it would involve an additional burden of around Rs 10,000 crore on the exchequer The Union Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) puts on hold the consideration of bringing parity of MGNREGS wage with minimum wages of states as its proposal has not got an in-principle approval from the Finance Ministry. According to the MoRD, the finance ministry has called for further deliberation over this issue before its implementation. Accord

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Proposal for parity between rural job wages, minimum wages put on hold -Elizabeth Roche

-Livemint.com Rural ministry wants same parameters of rate change in MGNREGS as state wages New Delhi: The rural development ministry has put on hold a recommendation by a high-level panel constituted by the previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government for parity between the wages paid under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) and the minimum wages

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MGNREGS discussions must go beyond budget allocations -Dipti Jain

-Livemint.com MGNREGS has to cover significant ground to evolve as an effective demand driven asset creating public work programme Union finance minister Arun Jaitley’s claim that he was making the highest ever allocation to Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in this year’s budge made headlines. Here are five questions which can help understand why MG<

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'Budget has little for demonetisation-hit social sectors' -Aesha Datta

ic activities,” Jayati Ghosh, Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, told BusinessLine. On the face of it, a massive allocation of ?48,000 crore to rural job guarantee scheme MGNREGS gives an impression of social focus. However, this does not actually mean a vast increase. “Legally, the government cannot restrain funding for MGNREGS, but they have been trying to do just that.

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