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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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The solution is universal -Rajendran Narayanan & Debmalya Nandy

ry’s letter states that “funds will be electronically transferred to the beneficiary’s bank account by [Government of India] through State Notional Account on a pattern similar to MGNREGS”. There are important lessons to be learned from the MGNREGA implementation. The Centre has frequently tinkered with the wage payments system in the MGNREGA. It’s creditable that timely generation of pay-orders have improved, but contrar

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Budget 2019: Behind Chest Thumping, Cuts in Welfare and Silence on Jobs -Subodh Varma

ction of the estimated 40 crore workers. At Rs.3,000 per month, the monthly bill itself would be Rs. 1.2 lakh crore. It’s a cruel joke. Flagship Schemes The rural jobs guarantee scheme (MGNREGS) was allocated just Rs.60,000 crore, compared with Rs.61,084 crore spent in the current year. This cut is not understandable because in the current year, spending had shot up by over Rs.6,000 crore over the Budget allocation. Yet the government cont

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Prof. Abhijit Sen, a former member of the erstwhile Planning Commission, interviewed by Asit Ranjan Mishra (Livemint.com)

design the scheme, (I would consider) guaranteeing something to two types of people—the poor who can work and those who cannot work. Those who can work, you have something along the lines of MGNREGS (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme). For the old and disabled, you give a higher pension. The great beauty of MGNREGS is that they don’t need to be identified—this is t

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99% MGNREGA funds "exhausted", Govt of India makes no additional sanctions: Study

en MGNREGA as an “urgent priority” to deal with the current rural and agrarian crisis. The letter demands “adequate and timely funds are provided to meet work demand” under NREGS, insisting, with wages under the scheme should not be “less that statutory minimum wage” of the state. It also asks PM to ensure that “wage payment delays beyond 15 days are separately calculated, disclosed and compensation paid.&r

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2018 -- Year of Raging Joblessness -Subodh Varma

t, and would have risen further by the year end. There are many other ways in which this is visible in the country, though not to the ruling BJP. For example, in the rural jobs guarantee scheme (MGNREGS), 7.2 crore persons applied for work till December 15 this year. With over three months still left in the financial year, the number of persons approaching for work seems to be headed for a record, the previous high being in 2016-17 when 8.5 crore h

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