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Underfunding, misleading claims: The story of MGNREGA in New India -Debmalya Nandy

its inception. Technology-based, centralised, faulty implementation has thrashed local accountabilities and increased leakages. Anyone who has closely observed the jobs scheme based on the act (MGNREGS) will acknowledge that it can be revived only through: * Adequate allocation of Budget funds * Timely payments to workers * Completely decentralising implementation * Improving entitlements (ie, wages, compensations and worksite facilities)

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Study puts MGNREGS in Punjab under scanner -Rajeev Khanna

teracy, low levels of education, a major lack of awareness and dependence on Panchayat members and sarpanches have led the much-publicised Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) to fail in Punjab. The scheme generated only 20.23 average days' employment a year in the largely agrarian state, against the mandated 100 days, according to a recent study. Only 1.64 per cent beneficiary households got the mandated 100-day empl

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Debate on Budget: Opposition targets govt on NREGS allocation, unemployment -Liz Mathew & Shalini Nair

rate of 11% to achieve a goal of (becoming) a $3 trillion economy, which is impossible,” he said. He said the Budget did not address the unemployment issue and had reduced the allocation for MGNREGS. “To sum up, this Budget was full of sound, fury and poems in Tamil, Hindi and Urdu, but signifies nothing,” he said. He said the Budget was “opaque and lacking transparency”, especially with regard to macro-economic issue

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More of the dismal same -Prabhat Patnaik

overall and in critical areas affecting the people, scarcely shows any significant increase. At the most, expenditures grow roughly at the same rate as the expected nominal GDP. Curiously, however, MGNREGS shows a slight absolute fall compared to the 2018-19 revised estimates, which is incomprehensible in the midst of acute joblessness. Even these expenditure figures have been projected on the basis of 2018-19 revised estimates. With actual receipt

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Economic Survey's Call for MGNREGA to Become 'Rural Distress Indicator' a Nod to Jobs Crisis?

-TheWire.in The survey also conferred a lot of credit on the Centre’s move in 2015 to implement direct benefit transfer and Aadhaar-linked payments when it comes to workers' wages. New Delhi: In tacit acceptance of the sudden surge in demand for jobs under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) following the demonetisation move of the government in 2016, the Economic Survey (released this July 4) has called for using the scheme as an indicator of rural

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The problem with cherry-picking data -Arun Kumar

ers owning up to five acres of land and promised insurance to workers in the unorganised sector. It has also increased allocations for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) from ?55,000 crore to ?60,000 crore. This allocation is inadequate, but it does indicate that the government is forced to acknowledge the crisis facing the poor. To counter the argument of a crisis facing large segments of the population, the go

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Why linking MGNREGA payments to Aadhaar is a mistake -Debmalya Nandy

ow did the government apply Section 7 of the Aadhaar Act to the payments of MGNREGA remuneration, which in no way seem to be in accordance with the guidelines of the Act The payments of wages in MGNREGS (Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme) are done through  the Aadhaar Payments Bridge (APB) using the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) systems. Section 7 of the Aadhaar Act has been applied to MGNREGA which enables the Central and state

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Kerala Model of Urban Employment Guarantee -Surajit Das

-Newsclick.in The scheme, which is similar to MGNREGS, is an employment-of-last-resort programme in order to provide minimum livelihood security to the poorest of the poor in the urban areas in absence of enough employment opportunity in the economy. In the midst of increasing unemployment in the country, along with Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) for the rural po

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The Subversion of MGNREGS -Prabhat Patnaik

-Networkideas.org The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act that brought the MGNREGS into being was a unique piece of legislation in the history of independent India. It stipulated that employment was to be made available on demand, within a fortnight of being asked for, failing which an unemployment allowance had to be paid. True, its scope was confined only to rural areas, and it promised employment only up to 100 days per household per year;

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Resources for Welfare Expenditure -Prabhat Patnaik

om 30 percent, Rs. 500 for the next 30 percent and Rs.700 for the next 20 percent (the top 20 percent are assumed not to avail of such work) will be Rs. 2.8 lakh crores per annum. In rural areas if MGNREGS is actually made to provide 100 days of  employment to every job-card holder at a wage rate of Rs. 200 per day then the total cost would be Rs. 2.3 lakh crores. The two schemes together, urban and rural, add up to Rs. 5.1 lakh crores. Since Rs.

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