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s”. It pointed out that “in 1965, for example, Dalits held fewer than 2% of senior civil service positions, but the share had grown to 11% by 2001”. The HDR also hailed the national rural employment guarantee programme as a “prime example” of “combining social protection with appropriate employment strategies”. The report noted with approval India’s progressive laws, especially the Right to Informatio

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Why India Needs MNREGA: Evidence From Gujarat -Udayan Rathore

their earnings, improved connectivity in the area and led to higher farm yields. In the ubiquitous environment of the withdrawal of the welfare state across the globe, the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) in India stands out as a critical and unique intervention. MNREGA is a social safety net that guarantees 100 days of employment to every rural household in a financial year. Given scarce resources and mis-targeting

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MNREGA Is Not Making India's Workforce Less Skilled - Here's Why -Naman Garg and Aarushi Kalra MNREGA acts as a safety net not only against extreme poverty but also against the exploitation of workers. The Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act (MMNREGA) and its impact on the various aspects of the economy continues to be an active area of research. A piece by Sumit Agarwal, Shashwat Alok, Yakshup Chopra and Prasanna L. Tantri titled “Is MGMNREGA destroying factory jobs? Disquieting data shows it discou

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MGNREGA lesson for universal basic income: Once introduced, there's no going back -Aurodeep Nandi

omething close to a universal social security net. The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) that offers a minimum wage and employment; is now around ten-years old. The optics of mass rural employment has ensured that despite all its economic misgivings, the scheme has now survived three governments. Every Budget successive finance ministers make it a point to give themselves a pat on the back for increasing MGNREGA allocations. The

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No economy for women -Sonalde Desai & Anupma Mehta

DS), jointly organised by researchers from the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) and the University of Maryland, finds that the provision of work under the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) has brought more rural women into wage labour. Among MGNREGA workers in 2011-12, a whopping 45% were not in wage labour before the scheme was initiated. Moreover, the provision of MGNREGA work has far greater im

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What you can do with Re 1 in India -Basant Kumar Mohanty

ntre has raised wages under the rural job guarantee scheme - by the princely sum of one rupee a day in many states. The increase is the lowest in the 11-year history of the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act, and leaves its wage rates in 11 states stuck far below their minimum wages, set by the state governments. The eastern states are the worst hit. As notified by the Union rural development ministry, the daily wage under th

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Maharashtra Farm Ponds: accelerating groundwater exploitation, rather than harvesting rain? -Amruta Pradhan

ng on ground. Farm ponds recognized as a drought proofing measure have received a great push from the central government recently. Target of 5 lakh farm ponds from MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act) funds was announced in the Budget for 2016-17. And it is anticipated that against this target, about 10 lakh farm ponds would be completed by March 2017. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his budget speech announced that dur

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In Jharkhand, compulsory biometric authentication for rations sends many away empty-handed -Jean Dreze

ing. We also heard the findings of a small survey of the Public Distribution System conducted last January by the local NREGA sahayata kendra, a help centre for workers employed under the National rural employment Guarantee Act. The survey covered 225 households in four hamlets of Tirla gram panchayat: Belahathi, Simbhukel, Saridkel and Todangkel. This gram panchayat, very close to the block headquarters, is likely to have better connectivity than

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Farmers being encouraged to construct farm ponds -HS Narasimha Kumar

omestic animals in summer, the Agriculture Department is promoting the construction of farm ponds. Farmers will be provided with the complete unit cost of farm ponds under the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS). Somasundra, Joint Director of Agriculture, and Nagendra, Agriculture Officer, told The Hindu that farmers who have obtained job cards under the MNREGS could construct the ponds in their fields and claim the s

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Proposal for parity between rural job wages, minimum wages put on hold -Elizabeth Roche

put on hold a recommendation by a high-level panel constituted by the previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government for parity between the wages paid under the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) and the minimum wages set by different state governments. Rural development secretary Amarjeet Sinha on Wednesday said the committee set up under economist Mahendra Dev in 2013 had recommended a one-time pari

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