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In Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, Floundering MGNREGS Angers People -Subodh Varma

MGNREGS work, even though wages are very low. As the job crisis rages unabated across the country, demand for work under the rural jobs guarantee programme (MGNREGS – Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act) has risen dramatically in the past few years. In Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, the two big states where polling for Assembly seats is to be held soon, this is casting a dark shadow on the prospects of the ruling Bharatiya J

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Jean Dreze, development economist, interviewed by G Sampath (The Hindu)

He has lived in India since 1979, and is an Indian citizen. As a development economist and activist, he has helped draft some startlingly pro-people legislations, such as the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act, 2005, and the National Food Security Act, 2013. In his most recent book, Sense and Solidarity: Jholawala Economics for Everyone (January 2018), he makes a strong case for combining economic research with public action. In a

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Aadhaar related inadequacies causing hunger and food insecurity in Jharkhand, allege Right to Food Campaign activists

e of a ration card, cancellation of ration cards not linked with Aadhaar, or Aadhaar-based biometric authentication failures. Denial of social security pensions and absence of work under the National rural employment Guarantee Act further contribute to the destitution of the starvation victims and their families. At least seven 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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Jean Dreze -- development economist -- interviewed by Jipson John and Jitheesh PM (

opment, social inequality, child nutrition, health care, food security, and elementary education, with special reference to India.Jean Dreze played a pioneering role in public debates on the National rural employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), which guarantees employment on local public works as a right up to 100 days a year. He was also a prominent advocate of the National Food Security Act in India. Championing the cause of the most oppressed sections o

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MGNREGA faces fund crunch, wage payment delays, & low wage rates, allege civil society activists

-Press Release by NREGA Sangharsh Morcha, dated 28 October, 2018 The Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) is meant to be demand-driven in the sense that work should be made available to anybody on demand for a maximum of 100 days per year per household. This implies that there cannot be arbitrary cap on the budgets. However, the programme has been made supply-driven and stifled due to -- (a) Insufficient bud

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Punjab labour shortage: Rising scarcity of farm workers pushes up production cost, inclination towards machine farming -Arjun Sharma

trains, to try and hire migrant workers for his farm. Landowners like Baljinder flocking to railway stations across the state started some years back when government programmes like Mahatma Gandhi rural employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) led to a sudden shortage of labour available to work in Punjab’s farms and MSME units. Farmers like Baljinder now have to deal with a contractor who brings migrant labour in groups to Punjab for seasonal farmi

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Forget 100 days! Not even 50 days of employment provided under MGNREGS -Mudit Kapoor

he world's largest public works programme by the World Bank in 2015. MGNREGS has the potential to increase wages of casual labour if implemented at its full capacity. Under Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), at least 100 days of guaranteed wage employment in a fiscal is provided to any rural household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work on demand. The scheme was ranked as the world's largest p

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Looking for a new version of MGNREGA -Ashwini Kulkarni

.com Merely putting the labour component of other projects in MGNREGA may not lead to any value addition There are several studies and reports that clearly show that the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) has accomplished its objectives to a large extent. Initially, this government derided the programme as some kind of a dole—but it later acknowledged its role in rural development, if reluctantly. The chief

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Rural wage growth killed by demonetisation; fell from 11% to mere 0.45% in last 3 years, shows Ind-Ra data -Pragya Srivastava

hat rural wage growth slumped to decimal points from double-digit in last three years despite government support. India Ratings noted that even as there were efforts to hike rural wage and support rural employment scheme, they merely ended up shielding nominal wages from falling post demonetisation. “While these measures may have helped shield the nominal wages from falling, they did not provide the necessary impetus to strengthen real wage g

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Amarjeet Sinha, Rural development secretary, interviewed by Sayantan Bera and Elizabeth Roche (

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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