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Jean Dreze: Last-mile hurdles in NREGA payments puncture India’s techno-utopian delusions

-Scroll.in ‘We are still very far from financial inclusion in the full sense of the term,’ the economist says in the foreward to a new report on delays in NREGA payments. Transaction failures in Direct Benefit Transfer payments have been widely discussed in recent times, notably in the context of wage payments under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, which guarantees memebers of rural families 100 days of work a year. However,...

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Getting wages harder than the labour

-The Hindu Multiple bank visits, repeated rejections and biometric errors mar payment system, says study. For most rural workers dependent on the Mahatama Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), their labour does not end at the work site. According to a study by LibTech India released on Wednesday, many of them are forced to make multiple trips to the bank, adding travel costs and income losses, and face repeated rejections of...

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Arunachal records best sex ratio, Manipur the worst -Vijaita Singh

-The Hindu Nagaland, Mizoram, Kerala and Karnataka rank high in the list Arunachal Pradesh recorded the best sex ratio in the country while Manipur recorded the worst sex ratio, according to the 2018 report on “vital statistics of India based on the Civil Registration System”. Sex ratio at birth is number of females born per thousand males. Arunachal Pradesh recorded 1,084 females born per thousand males, followed by Nagaland (965) Mizoram (964), Kerala (963)...

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Duping poor minority students: Jharkhand HC to hear plea for SIT -Abhishek Angad

-The Indian Express The plea stated it is “pertinent to mention here that in this corruption, Aadhaar card authentication is also misused by the accused persons and payments were made to persons who are not even students” Ranchi: THE Jharkhand High Court has listed for hearing this month a petition urging it to take suo motu cognizance of the findings on an investigation by The Indian Express, which revealed how a nexus...

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Dhanbad cracks down: FIRs filed against 105, report says should probe phone records -Abhishek Angad

-The Indian Express The report, prepared by a probe team led by the Additional District Magistrate (Law and Order), calls for further investigation of Call Detail Records (CDRs) of key suspects and their connections. Ranchi: Moving in to probe the scholarship scam, the district administration of Dhanbad in Jharkhand has filed FIRs against 105 people, including middlemen and local officials, based on the findings of an investigation by The Indian Express into...

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