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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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MGNREGS discussions must go beyond budget allocations -Dipti Jain

volve as an effective demand driven asset creating public work programme Union finance minister Arun Jaitley’s claim that he was making the highest ever allocation to Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in this year’s budge made headlines. Here are five questions which can help understand why MGNREGS related discussion needs to go beyond talks of budgetary allocation. * Is 2017-18 record allocation

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rural employment scheme gets highest-ever funding

-The Hindu FM allocates Rs.48,000 crore for MGNREGA; says it will be brought under digital scrutiny The Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), once described by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a “living monument of the UPA’s failure,” got its highest ever allocation — Rs.48,000 crore — since its inception over a decade ago.   Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, however, indicated th

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A status quo budget for the social sector -Yamini Aiyar

r social policy, especially when it comes to core sectors like health and education. Most key social sector ministries saw some increases in allocation (see the table). The Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) is an interesting story. In his budget speech, the finance minister made it a point to highlight that the MGNREGS has received its highest allocation ever at Rs48,000 crore. However, this is a mere 1% increase f

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Big purse for job scheme, still short

ed that the increase was just Rs 500 crore over the revised allocation last year. Finance minister Arun Jaitley announced Rs 48,000 crore for projects and payment under the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act, flagging the hike from the Rs 38,500 crore allocated last year (See chart). Social activists, however, highlighted that the finance ministry had sanctioned an additional Rs 9,000 crore for the scheme in the revised b

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Modi Government's Budgetary Allocation for MNREGA Is Barely an Increase

;s only a 1%, not 25%, actual increase in this year’s Budget.   New Delhi: The finance minister claimed that this year’s Budget allocations for the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) were a new “record”, at Rs 48,000 crore. But is this really a substantial increase? And, more importantly, is it enough? The 2016-17 Budget had allocated Rs 38,500 crore for the scheme; if you compare

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Drought relief: TN wants Centre to give Rs. 39,565 cr from disaster fund

e The government has to provide relief to farmers for crops damage and supply drinking water in the face of the acute water scarcity, he said. In addition, support is needed for livestock feed and rural employment generation for farm workers, Panneerselvam said in a memorandum submitted to the Prime Minister's Office along with a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Tamil Nadu relies on the north-east monsoon from October to December for its

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Universal Basic Income For India Suddenly Trendy. Look Out -Jean Dreze

er equivalent to one fifth of the poverty line. Even 3.5 per cent of GDP is ambitious: about three times as much as public expenditure on health care, and more than ten times the cost of the National rural employment Guarantee Act (NREGA). I have liked the idea of UBI for a long time. In countries (like Finland) that can afford a generous UBI and also have first-rate public services, it has two attractive features. First, UBI is a fool-proof way of

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