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Amarjeet Sinha, Rural development secretary, interviewed by Sayantan Bera and Elizabeth Roche (Livemint.com)

ersification of rural incomes and hence incorrect to think one means the other, says Amarjeet Sinha, secretary, ministry of rural development. In an interview, Sinha also spoke about how the flagship rural employment guarantee scheme has evolved since 2006 to result in improvements in income, acreage, water tables, productivity and fodder availability. Edited excerpts: * The rural economy in India encompasses many things other than agriculture. Wha

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Modi govt's ad spend could feed 46 million children mid-day meal for a year -Shreya Raman

schemes in the 52 months between April 2014 and July 2018 Mumbai: Midday meals for 45.7 million children for a year. One day’s wages for 200 million workers under the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS). About 6 million new latrines. And at least 10 more Mars missions. These were some of the things that could have been financed with the money that the current National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government spen

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Watershed development projects lagging behind badly -Priscilla Jebaraj

o;s guidelines. In the long-term, results are impressive, said a senior official of the Rural Development Ministry, pointing to a May 2018 evaluation study of MGNREGA’s (Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act) water and land management projects, a chunk of which are implemented in convergence with the PMKSY’s watershed component. About 78% of beneficiaries saw an increase in the water table, while 66% also reported benefiti

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A vote of no confidence from the farmers -Yogendra Yadav & Avik Saha

Management. The Supreme Court had to reprimand the central government. Choking the MGNREGS Fifth, the Modi government’s lack of political will in implementing the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) has hit the rural poor in general and farm labourers in particular. After making a determined but unsuccessful attempt to dismantle the MGNREGS, the Modi government has choked this programme of adequate and time

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Modicare is a 'hoax'! After Amartya Sen, this economist slams Modi government

jected as health insurance for 50 crore people, but it is virtually nothing, Jean Dreze said. The Belgian-born Indian economist helped the UPA government in the first draft of Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA). Jean Dreze became an Indian citizen in 2002 and is an honorary Professor at the Delhi School of Economics. The government is hoping to have the final blueprint of the plan by August 15, which will mark India&rsq

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Hollowing out a promise -Jean Dreze

-The Indian Express NREGA is a demand-driven programme and if the demand vanishes because wages are low and uncertain, nothing will be able to save it. The National rural employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) is going through a deep crisis of delayed and failed wage payments. The problem is not new, but it is more serious than ever and threatens to undermine the entire programme. The crisis has at least four manifestations: Delayed payments, rej

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Using MGNREGA Funds to Subsidise Farm Labour is a Recipe for Disaster -Diego Maiorano and Chakradhar Buddha

s. At the recent fourth governing council meeting of the NITI Aayog, the government announced the formation of a sub-group of chief ministers to propose ways of linking the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) with agricultural activities. The group is headed by the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, and includes Mamata Banerjee, Vijay Rupani, Nitish Kumar, Yogi Adityanath, N. Chandrababu Naidu a

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Civil society activists oppose amendments in the land acquisition legislation to acquire tribal and forest lands in Jharkhand

ere also ill, but they would probably not have succumbed to the illness if they received adequate nutrition and medical care. Denial of social security pensions and absence of work under the National rural employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) further contributed to the destitution of the starvation victims and their families. For every person who has died, hundreds other languish with hunger, undernutrition and illness. While the starvation deaths exp

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Food activists slam govt on hunger deaths

because officials had not linked her account to her UID," he said, displaying video footage of the local mukhiya and her family members issuing statements. Siraj said Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA) was in a shambles in Giridih. "Savitri's household has a job card (JH19005010005/12), but the last time she got work, to build a doba (pond) under the scheme was for 11 days in 2016. Neither she nor her dau

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Government's inaction leading to continuation of starvation deaths in Jharkhand

were also ill, but they would probably not have succumbed to hunger if they received adequate nutrition and medical care. Denial of social security pensions and absence of work under the National rural employment Guarantee Act further contributed to the destitution of the starvation victims and their families. At least four victims were eligible to social security pension, but were either not issued a pension or did not receive their pension due t

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