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Modifying MGNREGA can alleviate India's farming crisis -Shreoshee Mukherjee

impact cost of cultivation and thereby, the profitability. A randomised evaluation in Andhra Pradesh found that the increase in wages for unskilled labour was driven by higher wages from the National rural employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS). An effort needs to be made to evaluate whether modifying the NREGS to provide farmers with labour wage subsidies instead of the guaranteed 100 days of minimum wages to the labourers, may help reduce the agrarian

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Why ABBA must go: on Aadhaar -Reetika Khera

e of implementation). Targets and the reality For months, the Central government has been insisting on 100% Aadhaar “seeding” across schemes such as the PDS, Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and pensions. Seeding refers to the practice of entering Aadhaar numbers for each household member on the ration card. It is a pre-requisite for the Aadhaar-based Biometric Authentication (ABBA) system, the practic

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Denial of MGNREGA entitlements continues in blatant violation of Supreme Court orders

me Court on the severe drought conditions in the country had drawn the attention of the Court to the inadequate effort of the Central and state governments in implementing the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), amongst other welfare programmes. In its last judgment on issues of MGNREGA workers on 13 May 2016, the Supreme Court had categorically instructed the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India to implemen

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Jean Dreze, development economist, interviewed by Santwana Bhattacharya (The New Indian Express)

tion scheme is seen to be one of the reasons for his electoral success. I think that centralisation is indeed a growing problem with many social programmes in India including the PDS, the National rural employment Guarantee Act, the Integrated Child Development Services and social security pensions. There is no reason for these programmes to be held hostage to sweeping instructions issued from time to time in New Delhi, often without adequate under

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Wages worth Rs 3,066 crore unpaid under MGNREGS in 19 states -Jitendra

-Down to Earth Even after an order by the Supreme Court, the government has not released the payments The flagship scheme for rural employment generation, the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), is facing severe fund crunch this year, resulting in unpaid dues of Rs 3,066 crore in wage payments in 19 states. Around 87 per cent of the scheme’s budget for this year

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85% MNREGS wages paid in time this fiscal: Ministry

development ministry, there are no preconditions for getting employment under the scheme. New Delhi: The Centre is taking steps to ensure timely payment of wages under the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS), out of which 85 per cent of wages have already been paid this fiscal, an official statement said. According to the statement released by the rural development ministry yesterday, there are no preconditions, i

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Jharkhand's MGNREGA Workers Need a Lot More Than Political Slogans -Siraj Dutta

5-16, the unemployment in the state – pegged at 7.7% – was higher than the all-India average of 5%. In the absence of adequate formal employment opportunities, the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), which entitles rural households to 100 days of unskilled manual labour every year, continues to be a lifeline for workers in the state. The implementation of the MGNREGA has had a fairly chequered history in Jh

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Job scheme funds frozen -ASRP Mukesh

-The Telegraph Ranchi: Over six lakh people engaged in jobs under the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in Jharkhand have not got their daily wages since September 15, the backlog on Tuesday standing at an estimated Rs 155 crores, making it a dim Diwali for the state's poorest. The onus of this lies on Jharkhand as the Centre has withheld funds as the state government has not yet handed over its utilisation re

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Fund crunch: 88% of NREGA budget over, 6 months left -Shalini Nair

rore budget allocation for 2017-18 will be left for implementation of the scheme over the next six months. The shortage of funds comes even as the demand for work under the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act is expected to peak from next month, after the harvest of Kharif crops. The demand-driven social security scheme guarantees 100 days of wage employment in a year to any rural household whose members volunteer to do unskil

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Avoid the adventurous path -M Govinda Rao and C Rangarajan

08-09 and 2009-10 is fresh in memory. After substantial improvement in the fiscal situation during the period 2004-05 to 2007-08, the implementation of the Pay Commission recommendation, expansion of rural employment guarantee for the whole country and the introduction of the loan waiver led to derailing the process of adjustment in 2008-09, and the fiscal deficit of the Centre increased from 2.5% in 2007-08 to 6.1% in 2008-09. It further ballooned to

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