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Turning crop residue into useful products -Jaideep Deo Bhanj

op burning. Kriya Labs director Pracheer Dutta, who completed his BTech from IIT-Delhi, said their solution to the problem of stubble burning will not only ensure a pollution-free Delhi but create rural employment by creating wealth from waste and contribute to sustainable development by starting a bio-economy. The project will be on display at the 14th Open House being organised by IIT-Delhi on Saturday, along with several other innovations tha

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NREGA spending up, beneficiaries fewer -Basant Kumar Mohanty

ed cut down on expenditure and pointing to the lack of jobs in rural areas. After verification, the government struck off the names of 1.62 crore job card-holders under the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in 2017-18. However, the expenditure on the scheme that provides up to 100 days of unskilled work to every rural household a year increased from Rs 58,063 crore in 2016-17 to Rs 64,144 crore in 2017-18, according t

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How MGNREGA can be re-engineered for doubling of farmers' incomes -Ashok Pankaj & Mondira Bhattacharya

-The Indian Express The NDA government’s approach towards MGNREGA — the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act — has differed from that of the previous UPA regime in one significant way: There is greater emphasis now in the building of “individual household” assets, as opposed to “community” assets, under the scheme that provides 100 days of guaranteed wage employment annually to every rur

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Delay in MGNREGA wage payment caused by non-processing of Fund Transfer Orders, say social activists

-Press Release by NREGA Sangharsh Morcha dated 11 April, 2018 Stagnant wage rates are not the only rude shock that workers of the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) received this month. Most of the them also remain unpaid for the work done by them in the past few months. Ninety-nine per cent of the Fund Transfer Orders (FTOs) for MGNREGA wage payments sent to the Public Finance Management (PFMS) in April 2018 remain

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The Curious Case of MGNREGA wages -Harsha Pareek

jobs. Mocking the economic condition of the distressed rural working community, the Union Government has decided to uphold the low wage rates for ten states paid under the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) for 2018-19. In the same breath, the Centre has maintained that 28 of the 36 states and Union territories will continue getting wages much lower than the prescribed minimum wages of the respective states. As per

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Record government expenditure on MGNREGS underlines rural distress -Elizabeth Roche and Sayantan Bera

-Livemint.com The government expenditure on MGNREGS in 2017-18 was nearly Rs. 25,000 crore more than what was spent in 2013-14 New Delhi: The national rural employment guarantee scheme saw a record expenditure of Rs63,887 crore in 2017-18, the highest since it was launched 12 years ago, showed data provided by the government on Monday. However, high demand for work from rural households in a normal monsoon year (2017) also suggests acute ru

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No hike in MGNREGA wages in 10 states -Shalini Nair

-The Indian Express In the worst wage revision in the history of the rural employment guarantee scheme, that started in 2006, MGNREGA workers in 10 states will get no hike in their wages for FY 2018-19, according to the revised wage rates issued by the Union government. In the worst wage revision in the history of the rural employment guarantee scheme, that started in 2006, MGNREGA workers in 10 sta

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Govt botched up NREGA: CAG

-OrissaPost.com Bhubaneswar: The state government lost its direction on execution of the biggest rural employment generation scheme–Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act (NREGA). This was indicated in a Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) report on local bodies for the year ended March 2017. Briefing media about the findings of the audit report, Accountant General o

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Bengal tops in rural job scheme, TN is second

uo;Ranking of BJP-ruled States not impressive’ Kolkata: West Bengal has become the best performing State both in terms of allotting jobs and utilising funds under the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). According to statistics recently provided in Rajya Sabha by the Minister of State for Rural Development Ram Kripal Yadav, West Bengal generated more than 28.21 crore work days under the scheme so far in 2017-18

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Why do farmers go marching? -Aarati Krishnan

gment of the economy on which vote-conscious governments haven’t skimped on outlays. Over the years, Central governments have allocated ever-rising sums towards procurement, input subsidies and rural employment schemes, while States have periodically announced loan waivers. But that farmer protests have persisted, and even intensified, perhaps shows that many of these schemes aren’t addressing the right set of problems. The reasons for

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