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Is MGNREGA in danger of running aground because of insufficient allocations in the COVID-19 pandemic? -Debmalya Nandy

-Gaon Connection As against the current allocation of Rs 101,500 crore towards MGNREGA this financial year, there is a need for an additional allocation of Rs 100,000 crore towards the programme to meet the work demands of rural population. As of August 24, the Government of India is left with about Rs 45,000 crore for Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), and there are still seven months to go in...

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India must aim for wider consumer base, direct public spending accordingly -Suvodeep Rakshit and Avijit Puri

-The Indian Express To achieve economic growth of 7-8 per cent, the government needs to start addressing some of the traditional sore points such as the large infrastructure deficit, the weak financial sector, archaic land and labour laws, and the administrative and judicial hurdles. India entered the pandemic with declining growth and limited scope for a conventional and large fiscal stimulus. We had noted in an article (IE, January 20, ‘Limited scope...

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Economy: steepest GDP decline on record -R Suryamurthy

-The Telegraph The last time that India faced a full-year contraction in its real GDP was in 1980 The Indian economy shrank by 23.9 per cent in the first quarter ended June 30, signalling that the road to recovery would be more arduous than most economists have projected. It marks the steepest decline since the National Statistical Office (NSO) started quarterly measurement of gross domestic product (GDP) in 1996. The slide in real GDP...

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Reimagining urban housing for those who have always worked from home -Shalini Sinha & Malavika Narayan

-Scroll.in In absence of any overarching policy protecting them, home-based workers are one of the worst affected in the Coronavirus pandemic. Around 41.85 million workers in India work from their homes as home-based producers. They have always done so, even before the pandemic. The poor quality of their homes and the deficits in housing and urban infrastructure policies have grave economic consequences for them, which are being exacerbated by the Covid-19 crisis. At...

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Govt blames Covid, but payment stalled year ago -Aanchal Magazine

-The Indian Express The economic slowdown, which has been underway for almost three years now, began to adversely impact GST revenue collections in August last year. While the Centre Thursday chose to pin much of the blame for the delays on GST compensation payments to the slowdown inflicted by the pandemic, the delays preceded the Covid-19 shock by almost a year – when payments due for August-September 2019 got delayed. Since then,...

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