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Lok Sabha Standing Committee Concerned about Reduction in MGNREGA Budget, Recommends Increase

A report released by a Parliamentary standing committee has expressed concern over the reduction of funds for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). The report by the Lok Sabha Standing Committee on Rural Development and Panchayati Raj released on 14 March, 2023 said that the Budget Estimates for MGNREGS has been reduced by Rs. 29,400 Crore for 2023-24 when compared to the Revised Estimates of 2022-23.  The report said...

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Women’s Work and Wages Continue at Abysmal Levels - Subodh Varma The share of women who are earning through work continues to remain shockingly low in India according to the latest data from the annual Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) 2021-22 released last month. The report, compiled by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) under the ministry of statistics, also provides a glimpse of the unconscionable gap between the earnings of men and women. In rural areas, about 57% of men are...

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Average Employment days under MGNREGA could be at three-year low in FY23 - Parvathi Benu

The Hindu Businessline The average days of Employment per household under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in FY23 are likely to be lower than in the last two fiscal years. This is according to the analysis of the data the Ministry of Rural Development put out. Data until March 6 show that the average days of Employment under the Act was 45 in FY23. An extrapolation of the...

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Real Wages Declined for Rural Indians in 2022, a Year when the Economy Somewhat Recovered

The year 2022 was supposed to mark the recovery of the Indian economy from the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns of the preceding two years. However, the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February pushed up prices of food, fuel and fertilizer worldwide. In India consumer price inflation, which had declined to under 5 percent in the September-November period of 2021, has steadily increased, staying above 6 percent throughout 2022.    What happened to rural incomes in 2022? An...

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Demand for work under NREGS hits 8-month high - Economic Times

Demand for work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) inched up in February to scale an eight-month high, after a month-on-month fall in January, reflecting an uneven recovery in broader economic activities. According to rural development ministry data, 26.3 million individuals opted for work under the scheme in February, up 1.7% from the previous month. Demand for the work came from 21.2 million households, recording a 2.4%...

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