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Can the right to work be made real in India? -G Sampath

-The Hindu It can be made workable if there is political will and fiscal resources As economies around the world struggle to recover from the double whammy of a pandemic and a lockdown, unemployment is soaring. In India, the land of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), the promise of jobs and the politics of unemployment have a long history. Can a citizen demand work as a right, and...

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AP sees major rise in MGNREGA work amid pandemic, Rs 10.52 crore wages pending -Jahnavi Reddy More than 3 lakh families have already completed the 100 guaranteed workdays under the scheme, according to a report based on data from April to September. More than 3.3 lakh new job cards have been issued this year in Andhra Pradesh under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act scheme (MGNREGA), a recent report has revealed. The report, which looks at the implementation of the MGNREGA scheme during the six-month...

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UP Scribe Attacked after Reporting on MGNREGA Irregularities; Journalist Body Questions Yogi's Silence -Abdul Alim Jafri The journalist claims no action will be taken against his attackers as they belong to the ruling BJP. Lucknow: A senior journalist working with a local daily in Uttar Pradesh’s Lalitpur region was beaten up publicly and threatened allegedly by a local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and his sons while returning from work. Police have lodged a complaint against five people including the BJP leader. Journalist Vinay Tiwari, a resident of...

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NREGA didis of Kurhani -Rajendran Narayanan

-The Indian Express A collective of NREGA women activists discovers its political voice. As Jean Dreze recently observed, one of the key ideas behind NREGA was that it would serve as a platform for increasing the overall political capacities of workers. It was hoped that people would organise themselves to collectively demand work and, in the process, learn about other legal and constitutional provisions. While learning about the latter has been patchy,...

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Bihar asks Centre to hike its MGNREGA labour budget -Priscilla Jebaraj

-The Hindu 20% of people demanding work have been denied; even higher on ground, say workers. Having run through 74% of its labour budget under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) at the halfway point of the year, and expecting the demand to go up still further in a pandemic year, Bihar has asked the Centre for an additional six crore persondays of work to be added to its...

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