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Post-Lockdown, Workers Demand More Work, Better Wages Under Rural Jobs Scheme -Rajat Kumar

-Hindustan Times Dungarpur: India’s Rural Employment guarantee scheme is falling short in helping residents tide over the economic distress caused by the COVID-19 outbreak and the subsequent lockdown restrictions, data from Rajasthan suggest. Nearly 43% households who took up work under the scheme in Dungarpur, a largely tribal district in southern Rajasthan, had completed more than 50 of their 100 days of work in the first four months of the current financial...

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FIR lodged in MNREGA scam of Banaskantha -Sohini Ghosh

-The Indian Express The FIR, registered late on Sunday, was based on a complaint filed by deputy taluka development officer at Amirgadh, Dharmesh Kumar Vyas, said Amirgadh police station sub inspector TJ Desai. Ahmedabad: Two days after independent MLA Jignesh Mevani and Gujarat Congress working president Hardik Patel alleged a multi-crore scam in a single village of Amirgadh taluka in Banaskantha district, wherein job cards were issued and bank accounts were opened...

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MGNREGA has already used up half its annual funds

-The Hindu The study noted that wages in the scheme are 25-30% lower than the minimum wages for agricultural workers in most States. One-third of the way through the financial year, government data shows that the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme has used up almost half its allocated funds, spending more than ₹48,500 crore out of the expanded ₹1 lakh crore allocation announced following the COVID-19 outbreak. A new...

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MGNREGA work demand drops in July 2020 as labourers get jobs in farms -Sanjeeb Mukherjee

-Business Standard Despite the drop, however, demand is almost 71% more than July 2019 After seeing a surge in May and June, demand for work under Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) tapered a bit in July as casual labourers returned to work in farms for sowing kharif crops. However, demand was still much higher compared to the previous years, underlining the scheme’s vital role in providing employment to the rural poor,...

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Amid Corona, Multi-Crore NREGA Scam Unearthed in Gujarat Village: Jignesh Mevani

-PTI/ Newsclick.in Bank accounts opened in the name of around 500 villagers without their knowledge for money transfer under rural job scheme, says Vadgam MLA. Ahmedabad: Gujarat MLA and social activist Jignesh Mevani on Saturday alleged that a multi-crore scam had surfaced in a village in Banaskantha district of the state, in which bank accounts were opened in the name of around 500 villagers without their knowledge for transfer of money under...

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