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35% of work under scheme meant for migrant workers went to MGNREGA -Sanjeeb Mukherjee

-Business Standard The tentative data sourced from the GKRA website shows that since June, around 1.10 million works have been completed under the campaign. Much of the Rs 10,000-crore extra allocation for the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan (GKRA), an employment scheme for migrants thrown adrift by the sudden lockdown in March, will be spent on works done through the flagship Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and rural housing project....

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Over 9 crore employed under MGNREGA in 2020, the highest since enactment in 2008 by UPA govt

-National Herald The numbers show that it has come to the rescue of India’s rural workforce as the country battles one of its worst phases of economic slowdown and unemployment Over 9 crore persons living in rural parts of the country found informal work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in 2020 till October, a Right to Information (RTI) reply seen by NH has revealed. The rural workers...

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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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Journalist reporting on NREGA work ‘attacked’ by village head, sons -Asad Rehman

-The Indian Express The family of journalist Vinay Tiwari, a resident of the same village, said he works for a local news channel, Bundelkhand Times TV, and contributes to daily newspapers. Lucknow: A 40-year-old journalist was assaulted, allegedly by the village head and her sons, when he went to report on MGNREGA work at Dhaura village in Lalitpur district of Uttar Pradesh, police said on Friday. Two of the accused have been...

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