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Forget 100 days! Not even 50 days of employment provided under MGNREGS -Mudit Kapoor

he world's largest public works programme by the World Bank in 2015. MGNREGS has the potential to increase wages of casual labour if implemented at its full capacity. Under Mahatma Gandhi National rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), at least 100 days of guaranteed wage employment in a fiscal is provided to any rural household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work on demand. T

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Looking for a new version of MGNREGA -Ashwini Kulkarni

.com Merely putting the labour component of other projects in MGNREGA may not lead to any value addition There are several studies and reports that clearly show that the Mahatma Gandhi National rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) has accomplished its objectives to a large extent. Initially, this government derided the programme as some kind of a dole—but it later acknowledged its role in rural<

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Upward mobility: Muslims down; SCs, STs up; upper-caste & OBCs unchanged -

ntergenerational mobility index. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes have done better on the index while upper castes and OBCs have remained where they were. Authors of the study, based on 5,600 rural sub-districts and 2,300 cities and towns, are Sam Asher, of the World Bank; Paul Novosad of Dartmouth College and Charlie Rafkin of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Their study, which looks at social groups and intergenerational m

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For The Farmer's Future -Ajay Vir Jakhar

arm sector, but it’s an opportune time to document the unintended consequences of half-baked policies for the next five years. Otherwise, the momentum of existing policies will continue to feed rural economic misery. Agriculture GDP growth plummeted just as India’s agricultural trade surplus, which had recorded a 10x increase between 1991-92 and 2013-14, fell by 70 per cent, mainly due to depressed international commodity prices and bac

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Cabinet clears Rs. 3,466 crore dam improvement project

t will improve the safety and operational performance of selected existing dams and mitigate risks to ensure safety of downstream population and property. The primary beneficiaries are both urban and rural communities dependent on reservoir and downstream communities, who are prone to risk associated with dam failure or operational failure” said a press statement accompanying the decision. Six monthly reviews There are 198 existing dams in

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Farmers and smartphone politics -Jitendra

uo; scheme, in Jaipur. In Chhattisgarh, Chief Minister Raman Singh announced another scheme called the Sanchar Kranti Yojana, at an outlay of Rs 1,467.90 crores, to provide 50 lakh smart phones to rural households, the urban poor and college students across the state. The state government gave the reason that it wants to increase mobile penetration in Chhattisgarh, a state which is the lowest in India in this regards, at 29 per cent, against the na

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MUDRA loans is another crisis in the making, says Raghuram Rajan -Raghuvir Srinivasan

under the Prime Minister Mudra Yojana or PMMY, launched in 2015 by the NDA government. A total of ?6.37 lakh crore has been disbursed under the scheme by public and private sector banks, regional rural banks and micro-finance institutions till date, as per data from the Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency (MUDRA) website. In a note on bank non-performing assets (NPAs) prepared at the request of Murli Manohar Joshi, Chairman of the Parl

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Why are rural wages crawling when farm GDP growth is galloping -Gaurav Choudhury

ears. But it may still be early to open the bubbly yet.  The headline expansion rates may well be masking a rather worrying trend sprouting in the fields. Over the last three-and-a-half years rural wages have crawled at rates barely enough to cover rising cost of living in the countryside. During November 2014 to April this year (the latest for which data is available), the average daily wages for land tillers have outpaced More »

Cause for caution: On India's GDP growth -Puja Mehra

nect with the growth estimate being expressed in some quarters. Despite slowing as compared to a year ago, the services sector grew faster than the agricultural GDP. It is too early to conclude if rural distress — to address which the Narendra Modi government announced budgetary support — has ended or reduced significantly. rural wage growth has remained stagnant for the past four years. P

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