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Jharkhand government not happy with direct transfer of food subsidy -Sanjoy Dey

o ask the Centre to withdraw its pilot project for direct transfer of food subsidy into account of beneficiaries in place of ration as it was causing immense trouble to the poor and was violating the National Food Security law, said state food minister Saryu Roy. Ranchi’s Nagri block was selected for country’s first large scale pilot, covering over 52,000 beneficiaries of ration card holders, for transferring food subsidy amount into th

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Rural India in US top court

-The Telegraph Washington: The Supreme Court of America on Monday agreed to consider reviving a lawsuit by Indian villagers seeking to hold a Washington-based interNational financial institution responsible for widespread environmental damage they blame on a power plant it financed. The justices will hear an appeal by the villagers of a lower court ruling that the InterNational Finance Corp (IFC) wa

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The Invisible Majority -Vedeika Shekhar

r cent) — while those who cited business as a reason for migration increased by 153 per cent during 2001-11, more than four times the rate for men (35 per cent). However, both the Census and National Sample Survey Office have failed to capture this trend. These continue to cite marriage as the primary reason for women migration. Consequently, such surveys treat women as secondary earners and ignore her other motivations for migration and her

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Activists Unhappy With SC Judgment on Centre 'Curbing' MGNREGA Budget

an PIL has let down millions of NREGA workers". New Delhi: Activists have expressed disappointment over a recent Supreme Court judgment on the timely payment of wages under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). The judgment, delivered on May 18, was delivered in response to a petition filed by NGO Swaraj Abhiyan. According to activists who are part of the NREGA Sangharsh Morcha, the “much awaited Suprem

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Delay in MGNREGA wages, compensation unacceptable: SC

directed the Centre, in consultation with states, to prepare an "urgent time bound mandatory programme" to make the payment of wages and compensation to the workers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). A bench of Justice M.B. Lokur and Justice N.V. Ramana made it clear and directed that in terms of the MGNREGA and Schedule II thereof a "worker is entitled to payment of wages within a fortnight&q

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Delay in payment of MGNREGA wages not accepted: Supreme Court

-The New Indian Epxress NEW DELHI: Any delay in paying the wages under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) is "simply not acceptable" and red-tape cannot be "pedalled" as an excuse to deny payment to the workers, the Supreme Court said today. The court, while noting that the Centre has admitted delay in payment of wages, said the payments to the workers must be transferred to them immediatel

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Civil society activists are disappointed with the recent Supreme Court judgement on MGNREGA in Swaraj Abhiyan PIL

-Press release by NREGA Sangharsh Morcha, dated 19 May, 2018 Yesterday’s much awaited Supreme Court judgement in the Swaraj Abhiyan PIL has let down millions of National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) workers - the most marginalised citizens of India who need employment and social security.  The Court has ignored the wealth of evidence against the brazen violations of the legal entitlements of NREGA workers and has allowed the

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In Assam, a government-appointed panel suggests farmland be reserved for 'indigenous people' -Arunabh Saikia

dy who entered the state before March 24, 1971 – just before the beginning of the Bangladesh war – is considered a non-foreigner. The same criterion is being used to include people in the National Register of Citizens, which is being updated for the first time since 1951 in a bid to identify illegal migrants. However, an original inhabitant category was used as an internal marker while including people in the updated list. Officials cla

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75% households feel corruption went up, 27% say paid bribe: Study

1 public services -- public distribution system (PDS), electricity, health, school education, water supply , banking services, police, judicial services, land/housing and transport and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS, only rural). The study by CMS, a not-for-profit, multi-disciplinary development research and facilitative think-tank set-up in 1991, estimates that households in the 13 states that were part of the s

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Solar microgrids light up remote Jharkhand villages -Priscilla Jebaraj

-The Hindu New policy hopes to expand their reach and spread Birgaon: When the lights went on in Birgaon for the first time on a chilly winter evening late last December, it allowed the government to announce in April this year that every village in India now had electricity. Every home in Birgaon actually has power, thanks to a solar microgrid set up in the village centre and wired into every home. By official definition, a village is electrified if 10% of its homes have a power conn

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