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The pandemic has hampered social auditing of MGNREGA

When a massive sum of public money is spent on a programme like Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (MGNREGA)--a demand-driven programme, there is likelihood of financial misappropriations and mismanagement. Thankfully there are checks and balances in the rural employment guarantee legislation to counter such malpractices. It is worth noting that the total allocation under the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (MGNREGA) for 2020-21 was Rs. 1,11,500.00 crore (R.E.), up...

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In the Twitter-govt faceoff, an undemocratic provision of law is being applied to its maximum threshold -Apar Gupta

-The Indian Express It leaves a sense of confusion and wonder about why our own government formed under the Constitution may be failing to fulfil its obligations when strangers who trade in our data for profit are seemingly more eager. The growing digitisation of Indian society is reflective in the ongoing protests by farmers. Battles are being waged every day in Gram Sabhas and protest sites as well on social media. Each...

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Ten Gram Sabhas object to mining in Chhattisgarh's biodiversity rich forest -Jayashree Nandi

-Hindustan Times Among the major concerns of the Gram Sabhas with the proposed acquisition of the forest land is that it is being done without their consent and even before the land is diverted under the provisions of the forest conservation act Ten Gram Sabhas from Chhattisgarh’s Korba district, mainly consisting of people from the Gond tribe, have raised objections to Centre’s intention to acquire 712.072 hectares (ha) of land for mining...

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Keep a close eye: Social audits in India -Santosh Kumar Biswal and Uttam Chakraborty

-The Telegraph The government has not institutionalized SAUs which are at times intimidated when it comes to accessing data on various programmes The auditing agility of government programmes seems to have gained strength. After the recent floods in Assam, the state planned to carry out a social audit of relief measures to look into corruption and bribery. This is the first time that any government is trying to reinforce a social audit...

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108 tribal villages to boycott Bihar polls over ‘police crackdown’

-The Indian Express The protests were led by Kaimur Mukti Morcha (KMM), which alleged that 25 activists from the area were arrested on false charges. The residents of 108 villages in Bihar’s Kaimur plateau have announced that they will boycott the forthcoming Assembly polls to protest an alleged police crackdown on the area’s tribal population last month. The police action came when the tribals were protesting, among other issues, the declaration of...

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