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

-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 in distress for earning. But an analysis of the performance of MGNREGA for 2018-19 shows that it has failed to be of

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The problem with cherry-picking data -Arun Kumar

nced an annual ?6,000 support to farmers owning up to five acres of land and promised insurance to workers in the unorganised sector. It has also increased allocations for the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) from ?55,000 crore to ?60,000 crore. This allocation is inadequate, but it does indicate that the government is forced to acknowledge the crisis facing the poor. To counter the argument of a crisis facing lar

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

dig at Narendra Modi Kalpetta (Kerala): The first tribal woman from Kerala to qualify for the IAS told Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday that her parents were beneficiaries of the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Scheme. Sreedhanya Suresh said her parents had educated their two children with the money they earned from the rural job guarantee scheme, started by the erstwhile UPA government, her brother Sreeraj Suresh told The Telegraph

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

up to 50 million workers in small towns across the country. The State of Working India (SWI) 2019 report, which was released in the city on April 16, elaborates the proposal of extending national rural 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 (MGNR

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Squeeze on jobs -TK Rajalakshmi

how high economic growth has not translated into better lives for the masses. The 222-page report discusses the phenomenon of deep wage inequality and its reasons, the link between inequality and rural employment, the falling female workforce participation, unpaid care work for women, labour law reforms, contract labour dynamics, forms of stigmatised employment in India, and the state of social security. The eight chapters focus on the lack of dec

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No change in MGNREGA wage rates observed between 2018-19 and 2019-20 for 4 states & 2 UTs

me to workers and non-revision of daily wage rates, among other things, have kept the poor away from the programme in many states. When the notified daily wage rates under the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee (2005) Act (MGNREGA) for 2019-20 was announced on 26th March 2019, it became clear that the existing wage rates were not revised (viz. as compared to 2018-19) in the states of Goa (Rs. 254), Karnataka (Rs. 249), Kerala (Rs. 271)

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Veil on job data spurs poser: How deep is the crisis? -Basant Kumar Mohanty

and become more commonplace during the last five years, according to officials familiar with employment data. Consider this: Demand for work under the national job scheme, Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), was at its highest in the 2018-19 fiscal. Started in 2006 to provide a fallback employment source to vulnerable groups in rural India, the scheme guaranteeing up to 100 days of unskilled work to every household ha

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MS Swaminathan, father of Green Revolution, interviewed by Jitheesh PM & Jipson John (Newsclick.in)

s were unprecedented. Right now, climate change is a very important issue. Again, climate change is man-made over a long period of time. * How do you evaluate the impact of Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee (MGNREGA) scheme on the rural poor? The MGNREGA scheme is a very good programme. But it should include skilled jobs also. For example, women working in an anganwadi or a crèche, they should also be covered under it. Th

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Callous disdain for the wasted lives of the poor

he MGNREGA is that the NDA denies that there is a jobs crisis Given the fact that a significant amount of jobs has been lost by casual rural workers in the recent past, the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act gains added significance. It is supposed to provide 100 days of wage employment in a financial year to every adult in a household who is willing to do unskilled manual work. Hence, the MGNREGA provides a legal entitlement to

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MGNREGA wages fall below minimum wage in 34 states, Union Territories -Shalini Nair

fied minimum wages since 2009, when both were brought on a par for the first time. New Delhi: FOLLOWING THE lowest increase since its inception, wages being paid under the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Scheme (MGNREGA) have fallen below the minimum wage in 34 of the 35 states and union territories. Data shows that this is the maximum recorded divergence between the Centre-notified MGNREGA wages and the state-notified minimum wages si

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