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Squandering the gender dividend -Sonalde Desai

y a 0.7 percentage point increase in regular salaried work and a 0.5 percentage point increase in engagement in public works programmes such as Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (mgnrega). Most of the decline — 23.1 percentage points out of 24.8 — came from reduced participation in agriculture and allied activities. Please click here to read more.

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Safety Net That Works -Shonar Lala

-The Indian Express Before contemplating new rural programmes, government must expand mgnrega In the run up to the elections, a plethora of redistributive programmes, including farm loan waivers, cash transfers and minimum income guarantees came to the forefront as campaigners sought to balm rural distress. Amongst these is a proposal to launch a revised NREGA 3.0, in which 150 days of employment would be guaranteed to the rural poor. Almost

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Technical glitches add to NREGA workers' despair -P Sujatha Varma

overnment apathy, have deprived 8.6 lakh porters of their hard-earned wages worth Rs.53.8 crore in the 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (mgnrega). “Factors that stand between the workers and their wages range from failure of the biometric authentication, problems of Aadhar seeding, migration of workers and inability and reluctance of the Branch Post Masters (BPMs) to shift between

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Traditional wells to be revived in desert areas to fight water crisis -Mukesh Mathrani

-Hindustan Times Barmer district collector Himanshu Gupta said traditional water bodies will be revived under mgnrega (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act). Barmer: The Rajasthan government plans to revive traditional water bodies to fight drinking water crisis in drought-affected areas, officials said. In the absence of adequate monsoon rain, people have been depending on traditional water bodies in remote desert areas of w

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Are farm loan waivers a political gimmick? -Vikas Dhoot

Rural Development] data, 23% of rural income is from agriculture, so the rest is from non-farm activity. The rate of growth in agricultural wages has stagnated and is lower than in earlier years when mgnrega and the construction sector helped boost wages. The rural economy overall, agricultural as well as non-farm, is facing a demand problem and low incomes, which has caused farm distress. * Would you say the government’s focus on managing in

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A policy drought

ct that Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan have declared many of their districts as drought hit, the requisite steps such as providing drinking water and work under mgnrega have yet to pick up. It hasn’t helped that the Centre altered the drought manual in 2016, making the parameters for declaring drought more stringent. This has reduced the scope for Central assistance. Surprisingly, the NITI Aayog, which brou

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MNREGA job spike to take some load off Congress in Rajasthan -Shalini Nair

-The Indian Express At Rs 199 a day, the Central government-notified mgnrega wage rate for Rajasthan is Rs 26 less than the state’s minimum wage. Banswara, Bhilwara, Jaipur, Udaipur (Rajasthan): For four years, Pista Sargara (55), a long-standing job card holder under the mgnrega, approached her panchayat office in Bhilwara Lok Sabha constituency desperate for any work under the scheme. She w

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mgnrega: Drought-hit India abandoned 18 lakh water works in just one year -Richard Mahapatra & Raju Sajwan

-Down to Earth India's villages miss a golden chance to become drought-proof as more mgnrega projects grind to a halt Almost half of India is currently under drought; for many districts this is the second-consecutive drought. Given this, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (mgnrega) should have been the key scheme to not only mitigate impacts of drought but also employ people

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Rahul Gandhi savours rural job scheme success in Kerala tribal woman's IAS feat -KM Rakesh

rking and took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Today I had lunch with Sreedhanya Suresh, the spirit of Wayanad. A few months ago I heard our Prime Minister say in Parliament that the mgnrega (rural job guarantee act) is a useless programme. The Prime Minister said in the Lok Sabha that mgnrega is a humiliation to the Indian people,” Rahul said. “So, today I asked Sreedhanya S

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Extending mgnrega to urban areas will create 50 million jobs: State Of Working India 2019 report -Ralph Alex Arakal

employment guarantee programmes to urban areas. “India has been a leader in the implementation of employment guarantee programmes via the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (mgnrega). It is time to think about extending this to urban areas also. Such an urban employment guarantee scheme will provide employment within town or city limits to all those who ask for it and thereby provide services to all residents, build our civic

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