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Rural distress is real: Negative monthly growth of real wage rates witnessed in rural areas for 9 consecutive months, starting from November 2017

1(a); Real wage rate has not been calculated here --- It may be noted by the readers that the Reserve Bank of India (https://rbi.org.in/) has collated and is releasing monthly time series data on Rural Wage Rates based on the data published by the Labour Bureau, Ministry of Labour and Employment. Starting from November 2013 the Labour Bureau (http://labourbureau.nic.in/, http://labourbureaunew.gov.in/) is collecting rural wage data with respect to

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Non-agricultural jobs pay better than the agrarian ones, on average, though wage rates vary across different rural occupations

a more or less declining trend since May last year (except January 2018).    Readers may note that the RBI (https://rbi.org.in/) has collated and is releasing monthly time series data on Rural Wage Rates based on the data published by the Labour Bureau, Ministry of Labour and Employment. Starting from November 2013 the Labour Bureau (http://labourbureau.nic.in/, http://labourbureaunew.gov.in/) is collecting rural wage data with respect to

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Explaining the Anger

ese is satisfactory in explaining what is going on in India today. While inflation and (educated) unemployment have been serious concerns, real incomes have indeed risen and traditional laggards like Rural Wage Rates have seen a sharp increase, in real terms, in the past decade. Literacy rates, school and higher education enrolment rates, child and maternal mortality rates, and life expectancy have all seen improvements - much less than what should ha

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Don't blame the implementers by Shubhasis Gangopadhyay

his scheme was back-breaking manual labour and the pay was the lowest legally allowed, namely, minimum wage. The fact is that states have been growing, and agriculturalists have been complaining that Rural Wage Rates are rising too fast. If we put the two together, then the demand for MNREGS work should be coming down. So, if there was no corruption, and the MNREGS was well thought out and implemented, then a decreasing expenditure on this scheme

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Don't blame MGNREGA by Shubhashis Gangopadhyay

Those who see a direct link between wage inflation and the employment guarantee scheme need to think again Rural Wage Rates have been rising at quite a fast rate in recent months. Farmers have been complaining about their inability to get cheap labour for their farms. Industry, too, has raised the alarm saying that this is squeezing their margins; higher rural wages mean fewer people are willing to work on construction sites, where a slowdown i

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Unemployment

dia (2011-12) released in February, 2016, MoSPI (please click here to access)   $$ Economic Survey 2014-15 (Please click Vol1 and Vol2  to access)   $ Trends in Rural Wage Rates: Whether India Reached Lewis Turning Point by A Amarender Reddy (2013), International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT/CGIAR)   £ NSS report no. 551 (66/10/6) titled Status of Education and V

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