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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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No Jobs In Villages, Bihar’s Migrants Are Returning To Cities -Parth MN and Umesh Kumar Ray

-IndiaSpend.com Patna: Balmiki Kumar’s previous and current jobs are vastly different. For five years, Kumar, 33, taught geography at a private school in Hilsa, a town in central Bihar’s Nalanda district. He now works as a plantation labourer under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). That, however, is not the only difference. In his earlier job, he got paid. “The school shut after the lockdown in March and I...

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How to reduce food, job insecurity in rural areas -Binoy Acharya, Ved Arya, Pratyaya Jagnannath, and PS Vijayshankar

-Hindustan Times Launch a massive programme to rehabilitate returnee migrants; allocate an additional Rs 50,000 crore for MGNREGS; extend the free ration scheme for six more months; revive and strengthen public systems of service deliver; RBI should give a directive to banks to extend a top-up loan of Rs 10,000 crore to Self-help Groups After the Covid-19 outbreak, 66% of rural households fell short of cash for food. About 40% reduced their...

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Explained: UP, Bihar, Bengal see biggest jump in new NREGA job cards -Harikishan Sharma

-The Indian Express Consider this: From April to August, over 83 lakh additional households or 1.6 crore persons joined the NREGA labour force by getting job cards, taking the number of families under the scheme to an all-time high of 14.36 crore. This summer, as millions of migrants returned to their villages amid a rise in Covid cases, another chart climbed steadily: the number of households enrolled under the Mahatma Gandhi National...

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Migrants back, women’s share in NREGS dips to 8-year low -Harikishan Sharma

-The Indian Express An analysis of data available on the NREGS portal till August 24 shows that the share of women is the lowest since 2013-14 (52.82 per cent), from when the numbers are currently available. AMID THE Covid outbreak, the share of women in total person-days of work generated under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) has dipped to an eight-year low of 52.46 per cent during the first five...

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