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Why India needs another statistical revolution -Pramit Bhattacharya

e state’s ability to amass and collate administrative data seems to grow by the day. Most big schemes of the government, such as the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) and the Jan Dhan Yojana today collect and disseminate detailed disaggregated data. Yet, the once-famed statistical bodies, the Central Statistical Organization (CSO) and the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), seem to struggle to produce timely a

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Rural job scheme will eat into food security, claims study -Padmini Sivarajah

-The Times of India MADURAI: The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), rolled out a decade ago, has impacted households and individuals in a positive as well as negative way, but the adverse impacts of the scheme could impact the nation's food security, according to an authoritative study. What may set the alarm bells ringing is the projected decline in acreage under rice cultivation in states like Tamil Nadu and

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How a Kerala panchayat brought a dying river back to life -Nandini Rathi & Shaju Philip

hanur panchayat, which lies on the river’s eastern bank. (On the western bank are the panchayats of Mannar and Chennithala, also in Alappuzha district.) The decision to revive the river under MGNREGS was taken in December 2016, and work began on January 15 this year, Panchayat president Advocate P Vishwambhara Panicker said. “Seven hundred workers, mostly women, were deployed to clean the river to restore its flow. After 30,000 man-days, w

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How MGNREGS Can Help The Rural Poor 'Step Out' Of Poverty And Climate Vulnerability -Koyel Kumar Mandal

ming climate concerns in development programs in order to build the resilience of vulnerable communities. One such development initiative is the Mahatma Gandhi National Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), whose main objective is to reduce rural poverty by providing a legal guarantee of 100 days' paid labour a year to every rural household in India and building community assets that support local livelihoods. The dual focus of MG More »

Modi Government's Tech Fetish is Diluting MGNREGA's Accountability -Siraj Dutta

lopment ministry started an initiative called ‘GeoMGNREGA’, under which it was proposed that all assets created under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) were to be tagged with their respective geospatial locations. To a technologically-savvy individual the online Management Information System (MIS) of MGNREGA, GeoMGNREGA – as envisaged by the rural development ministry – will allo

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Non-payment of due MGNREGA wages recurred in 2016-17

kers unpaid due to govt. mismanagement & apathy, News alert from Inclusive Media for Change, dated 24 August, 2016, please click here to access  Additional days of work available under MGNREGS not taken up in drought hit states, News alert from Inclusive Media for Change, dated 30 June, 2016, please click here to access  How tech is undoing NREGA in Jharkhand, The Times of India, 16 February, 2017, please click here to access&nbs

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MGNREGA job cards cancelled to meet Aadhaar-linking targets: Jean Dreze -Saubhadra Chatterji

-Hindustan Times Eminent social scientist Jean Dreze has alleged that MGNREGS job cards have been cancelled in some states to meet targets of linking them with the Aadhaar project. Dreze’s remarks come amid a political row over the government’s attempt to expand the mandatory use of the country’s unique identity scheme. The scheme, launched under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, ensures employment t

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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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