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Prof. Guy Standing, economist at the School Of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, interviewed by Sayantan Bera (

social policies. I am not taking a political side but I think it is very interesting that there is a movement away from the very paternalistic type of policies represented by the PDS (food subsidy), mgnrega (employment guarantee), etc. One has to realize that across India, at the moment, there are thousands of schemes. They are on paper and people do not know about them. They do not receive anything. Now, you have a new rhetoric about conditional tra

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mgnrega Workers Not Paid for Months, FIRs to be Lodged Against PM Modi - Tarique Anwar

4 crore released recently will go into clearing the backlog of pending liabilities. Contrary to the claims of highest ever allocation to the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (mgnrega), the social security scheme that aims to guarantee the right to work is facing severe fund crisis – with state governments left with no funds to pay workers. From October 2018 to February 1, no Fund Transfer Orders (FTOs) were processed due

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How NREGA helped in rebuilding Kerala, as well as provided livelihood to people -Shiba Kurian

l people looking for livelihood options. And post the floods, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme came a boon to the people, especially women and the elderly. According to a mgnrega report, Kerala generated more than 5 crore person days in the financial year 2018-2019, a significant jump from its target. While the central government had sanctioned 550 lakh person days at the beginning of the financial year for Kerala, unti

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The solution is universal -Rajendran Narayanan & Debmalya Nandy

-The Hindu Strengthening the mgnrega would be more prudent than a targeted cash transfer plan like PM-KISAN Rural distress has hit unprecedented levels. According to news reports, unemployment is the highest in 45 years. To allay some misgivings of the distress, one of the announcements in the Budget speech was that “vulnerable landholding farmer families, having cultivable land up to 2 hectares, will be provided direct income support at

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No budget for farmers -Ashok Gulati

Even if one thinks that roughly one-fifth of India needs income support — say Rs 5,000 per month — the bill will amount to about Rs 3.5 lakh crore. It is doable if the food subsidies and mgnrega are drastically pruned and targeted to this bottom 20 per cent of population. Food subsidies and mgnrega are costing the government more than 2.2 lakh crore, and a sizeable part of this is either lost i

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With an ocean of salt -Rajeev Gowda

be trusted. Last month, I was part of an all-party delegation of MPs from Karnataka, led by a Union cabinet minister, who met the Union rural development minister. We requested him to release the mgnrega funds overdue to Karnataka. We pleaded that the poorest of the poor, who turn to mgnrega as a lifeline, were being discouraged from accessing the programme as they were not being paid for a long time be

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mgnrega workers in Jharkhand demand increase in wages and number of days of guaranteed work

-Press release by NREGA Watch (Jharkhand) dated 2nd February, 2019 Thousands of NREGA workers across Jharkhand spilled to the streets today to express their anger at the continued denial of their entitlements. In over 30 blocks of the state, workers raised their voice against the abysmal wage rate, acute shortage of work, increasing delays in payment of wages, and violation of several other rights. They also demanded work and submitted grievances to the local officials. It is 13 years since

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PM Kisan Samman Nidhi: Small farmers to get Rs 6000 direct cash transfer, first installment before polls

vernment Rs 75,000 crore per year. Goyal said Rs 20,000 crore has been earmarked for this financial year. Besides the PMKSN scheme, Rs 60,000 crore has also been set aside for rural employment scheme mgnrega. There are 12.56 crore marginal and small farmers having less than 2 hectares (5 acre) holdings. If Rs 6,000 is paid to each farmer, the total outlay will be Rs 75,360 crore. Please click here to read more.

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How to boost women's workforce participation -Surbhi Ghai

. In recent years, government policies aimed at addressing the falling FLPR have mainly focussed on launching employment programmes with special provisions to incentivise female employment such as mgnrega, PMEGP, MUDRA; diluting protective legislation; launching special skill training programmes; and heavy investment in programmes that support education of the girl child. However, not much attention has been given to addressing the underlying so

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Jean Dreze, the Belgian-Indian economist, interviewed by Ujjawal Krishnam (National Herald)

ability of Indian women instead. Nor does he mince his words in this interview with Ujjawal Krishnam * You are said to be the people’s economist and known to be among the few who pushed for mgnrega. What is your reaction? I never claim to act or speak on behalf of the people, at least not on my own. If a people’s economist is someone who tries to see things from people’s point of view and take their side, you could say that I

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