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NREGA progress remains slow as drought worsens -Kavitha Iyer

-The Indian Express While a focused jobs guarantee thrust could help mitigate financial distress for tens of thousands of rural families, Maharashtra’s performance on mgnrega until now this year has been lacklustre on several counts. Mumbai: As drought conditions worsen in across large parts of rural Maharashtra and sowing for rabi crops adversely affected, the state is expected to give a fresh push to the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural

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

ment promising employment and job creation that will boost the country’s growth, the country’s only employment guarantee programme, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (mgnrega), “is being systematically undermined.” The letter states, “Illegal restrictions on its budget allocation, severe payment delays and low wages are crippling the program and depriving people in distress of one of their most imp

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Another Lifeline Smothered: mgnrega in Shambles -Samarth Grover

e World Bank, it is being systematically undermined with illegal restrictions on its budget allocation, severe payment delays and low wages. Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (mgnrega) has been a tried and tested measure to target rising unemployment and ease rural distress in the country. The Rural Employment programme, which guarantees 100 days of manual work a year to at least one member of every rural household, came into e

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mgnrega's information system flawed, misguiding -Debmalya Nandy

a single day of work in the last three financial years (including the current fiscal year). This notion of an active job card is ridiculous as there exist millions of families that stopped working in mgnrega due to payments hassles and their own troubled experiences. Instead of identifying these inactive job cards and finding out the reasons for their disinterest, the administration conveniently ignores these families. Please click here to read mor

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Jean Dreze, activists protest in Bihar -Amarnath Tewary

-The Hindu Allege harassment of those who questioned graft related to the mgnrega scheme Patna: Noted economist and activist Jean Dreze and Right to Information activist Nikhil Dey, along with thousands of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (mgnrega) activists, on Friday protested against the “harassment and intimidation” of those who have raised questions of corrupti

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Farmers and others -Christophe Jaffrelot

tion has deteriorated, too, as a result not only of the agricultural crisis affecting the farmers, their employers, but also of the fate of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (mgnrega) that UPA 1 initiated in 2005. The recent “Delhi chalo” movement calls to mind the peasant politics of the 1970s-’80s, when the farmers that Professors Susanne and Lloyd Rudolph called “bullock capitalists”, claime

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Making every citizen an auditor -C Dheeraja and Karuna M

grammes leads to better outcomes. They have strengthened the role of the gram sabha. Social audits were first mandated by law in 2005 under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (mgnrega). Subsequently, Parliament, the Supreme Court and many Central ministries mandated them in other areas as well. As efforts are being made to extend social audits to new areas, it is important to look at how well they are actually implemented based

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How can small farmers' income be increased? -Yogesh Upadhyaya

s are able to earn only Rs 50,000 per year or even less indicating how alarmingly low their income is. In order to supplement this meagre income, farmers rear animals and also work as labourers under mgnrega or in cities, especially during non-farming months. Crop failure due to inadequate weather conditions and pest attacks further pose risk to their income. Moreover, the possibility of fall in crop prices at the time of harvest season causes additio

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In Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, Floundering MGNREGS Angers People -Subodh Varma A combination of fund squeeze and political aversion has deprived lakhs of people from getting MGNREGS work, even though wages are very low. As the job crisis rages unabated across the country, demand for work under the rural jobs guarantee programme (MGNREGS – Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) has risen dramatically in the past few years. In Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, the two big states where polling for Assembly seats is to be held soon, thi

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An imaginary friend -Sakina Dhorajiwala, Anmol Somanchi, and Rajendran Narayanan

ar has increased the demand and allocations of NREGA work rest on several faulty assumptions. Two newspaper articles in the Times of India and Financial Express claimed that Aadhaar linking boosts mgnrega and has cut wage payment delays. Both articles were based on a working paper, “A Friend Indeed”, by members of the Digital Identity Research Initiative (DIRI) at the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad. The ISB study uses NRE

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