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Farming GM crops, employment fund -- what govt panel has suggested to create 20 cr jobs in 5 yrs -Neelam Pandey

-ThePrint.in A Working Group of Ministers on Employment Generation and skill development submitted its report to PM Modi, making 63 suggestions across 18 sectors for job creation. New Delhi: Looking to create 20 crore job opportunities in the next five years, a government-appointed Working Group of Ministers (WGoM) has suggested allowing farming of Genetically Modified (GM) maize and soybean crops, private bikes for ride-sharing, expediting road projects and starting new ones, among...

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Activists Oppose 10-day Public Consultations on Mining Reform, Seek Extension -Abir Dasgupta

-Newsclick.in Members of civil society and concerned activists have condemned a proposal for mining reforms issued by the Ministry of Mines. The notice that was made public on August 24 proposing substantive changes to mineral laws, rules, and regulations, is seeking public comments within a period of 10 days. Bengaluru: On August 24, the Union Ministry of Mines posted on its website a “note on proposal for Mining Reforms”. The note detailing...

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Additional allocation for MGNREGA must be supplemented with steps to make it more effective -Rakshita Swamy

-The Indian Express With nearly eight crore migrant workers returning to their villages, and with an additional allocation for the year, this could be a moment for the true revival of MGNREGA. A revival led by workers themselves. The lockdown has resulted in a massive loss of livelihoods, and the 400-million strong unorganised workforce is the worst hit. A significant part of this workforce has migrated to cities from rural areas. With...

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Choking the Lifeline of Rural Economy: MGNREGS during COVID-19 Lockdown -Manish Kumar

-Vikalp.ind.in When the entire country is under a lockdown and many economic activities stopped, thousands of unemployed workers are returning to their home states due to lack of money and food. In such a situation, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) could have played a very important role in generating income and demand in the economy. However, the official data available from the MGNREGS website of the Ministry...

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How Pervasive Are Modi Govt Cutbacks on Job Schemes -Bharat Dogra

-Newsclick.in Directly or indirectly, the government seems uninterested in creating jobs. At a time of widespread and intense concern about the worst unemployment situation in 45 years and all the distress and discontent that accompanies it, one would have expected the Union government to put job-creation at the top of its priority-list. One of the most obvious and direct ways to do this would be to expand its own schemes and programmes...

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