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Farmers in state reaping benefits of 'Bhoomee' app

on and trends are provided. The benefits and impact of the platform include increase in choice of buyers, crop protection service that helps farmers reduce production cost by up to 50 per cent and rural employment opportunities in the roles of DESEE force agents, direct sales agents and extension force. The platform has facilitated lending of `1 crore to agri equipment firms to expanding their businesses. The New Indian Express, 17 January, 2018

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The map of rural deprivation -Santosh Mehrotra

onstruction sector in rural output increased from 3.5% in 1970-71 to 10.5% in 2011-12. Employment in the construction sector increased 13 times during the past four decades, which led to its share in rural employment rising from 1.4% in 1972-73 to 10.7% in 2011-12. This sector absorbed 74% of the new jobs created in non-farm sectors in rural areas between 2004-05 and 2011-12. These trends indicate that rural areas witnessed a construction boom after 2

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Why farmers don't have electoral clout -Avik Saha and Yogendra Yadav

elected governments do not bother about farmers. The Union government in the 2017-18 budget allocated just 11 per cent of its expenditure to the entire rural sector, including Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act or MGNREGA, rural housing, crop insurance, irrigation, roads, fertilisers and all. Speak to ordinary farmers and they hardly sound like sovereign voters. Farmers are nobodies, resigned to being used and thrown. Here is a maj

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Distress sign in job spend -Basant Kumar Mohanty

nce ministry has granted Rs 3,500 crore from the Consolidated Fund of India and asked the rural development ministry to divert another Rs 3,500 crore from other schemes to the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act programme. The additional funds take the annual allocation to Rs 55,000 crore, up from Rs 47,000 crore a year ago. Of the Rs 48,000 crore allocated for the scheme in this year's budget, the rural development ministry had

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Huge push likely for MGNREGS rural jobs scheme in 2018 -Yatish Yadav

-The New Indian Express NEW DELHI: The last full Budget of the NDA government is likely to give a major push to the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) by earmarking more funds for it. Sources said Budget 2018-19 will allocate around 20 per cent more for the rural jobs scheme compared to last year. The flagship scheme, started by Manmohan Singh’s UPA regime, is benefiting about 11 crore active workers in r

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Jharkhand hunger death: A girl died crying for food. Her family is now accused of shaming India -Harsh Mander

snapped, the family plunged into starvation. This was aggravated with the collapse of a range of other social entitlements as well. There was no wage work available under the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act – the government scheme that promises every rural household 100 days of work a year – because contractors illegally used big machines and wage registers were fudged. Koili Devi’s mother-in-law had not recei

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Odisha seeks release of Rs 676.57 crore for MGNREGA wages

y) till date, denoting a shortfall of Rs 676.57 crore. The Chief Minister urged for the release of the funds or permission to the Odisha government to disburse wages to the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme workers through e-FMS mode out of its own funds, subject to reconciliation of the amount on receipt of necessary allocation from the Ministry. Please click here to read more.

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The challenges of making public policy -Tadit Kundu

lf with demonetization, a new book by economist Jean Drèze delves into the challenges of making public policy for India. Specifically, it focuses on policy in the field of poverty eradication, rural employment guarantee and overall social development. Consider the problem of alleged corruption in the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). In its bid to prevent officia

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Rural job scheme not reducing migration significantly, shows survey -Sanjeeb Mukherjee

-Business Standard 80% of surveyed districts did not show any change in migration New Delhi: The Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) has succeeded in creating livelihood assets but might not have a big impact in curbing migration -- one of its objective.   According to a survey conducted by Institute of Economic Growth (IEG), almost 78 per cent of households covered reported an increase in water table after

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Impact of MGNREGS: household income on rise, and so is agricultural productivity -Jitendra

decade, it has also helped increase groundwater table by virtue of implementing a range of water conservation measures. Once ridiculed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the flagship scheme for rural employment, Mahatama Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), has been praised by his own government for helping in increasing rural household income. It has not only helped in increas

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