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Uttar Pradesh employed 57.13 lakh under MGNREGA, ‘highest in country’ -Maulshree Seth

-The Indian Express Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Kumar Awasthi said UP now accounts for 18 per cent of the total workers employed under MGNREGA in the country and has generated 7.93 crore man-days. Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday said that it has engaged 57.13 lakh workers under the MGNREGS, thereby emerging as the top state in the country to give employment under the rural employment guarantee scheme. Briefing mediapersons here,...

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Four Ways that MGNREGA Can Be Expanded to Help India's Rural Economy -Mampi Bose and Shantanu De Roy While the increased allocation and attention is welcome, it will not be enough to counter the crisis. The current pandemic has led to loss of livelihood of substantial sections of the India population. With the economy, particularly production activities in the big urban centres, having come to a standstill, a process of reverse migration to villages took place. This decline in economic activities is taking place against a background of continuously...

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Averting hunger during monsoon calls for bold food security measures -Jean Dreze

-The Indian Express The cash crunch is hindering the state governments’ relief efforts at every step. Centre must urgently provide additional foodgrain to poorest states for expanding PDS coverage. As the monsoon advances, there is an urgent need to consider what can be done to prevent hunger during the rainy season — the hardest time of the year for poor families in large parts of rural India. The monsoon is expected to...

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Demand versus reality: A sorry state of affairs under MGNREGA in a Covid-19 year

-Business Standard Instead of the promised 100 days of work, average work provided stood just shy of one-fifth of it in this financial year till June 9 Generating 100 days of work, guaranteed under MGNREGA for each household, has been a far cry so far even as there is demand for increasing the promised work days. Congress president Sonia Gandhi recently criticised the Modi government for not paying heed to the demand of...

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Odisha's Keonjhar announces higher wages under rural job scheme -Elizabeth Roche There has been demands for linking MGNREGA wage with consumer price index-rural (CPI-R) for an annual revision of wages based on contemporary changes in rural geography NEW DELHI: Odisha’s Keonjhar district administration on Friday said it has become the first in the country to provide higher minimum wages to those taking up jobs under the national rural employment guarantee scheme. In a post on Twitter, the Keonjhar district administration said those working...

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