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Civil society activists condemn the statement by Rural Development Minister in Parliament on discontinuation of MGNREGA scheme

-Press statement by NREGA Sangharsh Morcha dated 19 July, 2019 While it is heartening that a discussion on rural development lasted for nine hours in Parliament with important issues on MGNREGA being raised, we are deeply disappointed at the statement of the Rural Development Minister that not only displays a lack of understanding of the program but also betrays the clear anti-poor sentiment of this government. On the central issue of inadequate...

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Union cabinet approves bill to merge 13 labour laws into single code

-Hindustan Times The OSH Code is the second major labour reform approved by the government. It cleared the Wage Code last week that contained “provisions of Minimum Wages and payment of wages to cover employees in both the organised and unorganised sectors. The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the Occupational, Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, also known as the OSH Code, that seeks to merge 13 central labour laws into a...

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Minimum wage law to skirt rural job scheme under MGNREGA

-The Telegraph The Code on Wages Bill would have no implications for the rural job guarantee scheme New Delhi: The minimum wage to be stipulated under a proposed central law will not apply to unskilled labourers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, the government said on Wednesday. Labour minister Santosh Gangwar and rural development minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the Code on Wages Bill would have no implications for the...

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In Punjab's labour hubs, workers are pleading for jobs at a third of the official Minimum Wages -Arjun Sharma

-India Spend/ Scroll.in India’s informal sector continues to reel from the impact of demonetisation and GST. Stress had put deep wrinkles on Balkara Singh’s forehead though he was just 32 years old. The daily wage worker, dressed in a faded blue sweater and jeans, has been coming to the Gol Diggi labour hub in southern Punjab’s Bathinda city every single day for the last five years to look for jobs. Since the end...

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No change in MGNREGA wage rates observed between 2018-19 and 2019-20 for 4 states & 2 UTs

Non-payment of MGNREGA wages on time to workers and non-revision of daily wage rates, among other things, have kept the poor away from the programme in many states. When the notified daily wage rates under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee (2005) Act (MGNREGA) for 2019-20 was announced on 26th March 2019, it became clear that the existing wage rates were not revised (viz. as compared to 2018-19) in...

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