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2018 -- Year of Raging Joblessness -Subodh Varma

-Newsclick.in The tragedy of unemployment continues, complemented by a government that has no solution except to fiddle with data. If there was one defining promise by Narendra Modi in the run-up to the 2014 General Elections, it was that he would give one crore jobs every year. Nearly five years down the line, this is what promises to sink him and his government at the Centre. Far from fulfilling this promise, the Modi...

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In Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, Floundering MGNREGS Angers People -Subodh Varma

-Newsclick.in A combination of fund squeeze and political aversion has deprived lakhs of people from getting MGNREGS work, even though wages are very low. As the job crisis rages unabated across the country, demand for work under the Rural Jobs guarantee programme (MGNREGS – Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) has risen dramatically in the past few years. In Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, the two big states where polling for Assembly...

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Amid agri crisis, pain for rural India as Modi govt chokes MGNREGS funding -Khabar Lahariya & Shreehari Paliath

-Business Standard/ India Spend Delays in wage payment have been a constant throughout MGNREGS implementation Bachcha Lal’s shirt hung loosely over his frail body, exposing his sunken collarbones, as he stood outside his straw-thatched home in central Uttar Pradesh’s (UP) Bundelkhand region. “They all rely on me,” he said, pointing towards his tubercular son, daughter-in-law and grand-daughter. Illiterate and a landless labourer, 65-year-old Lal makes about Rs 175 a day when he...

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Rural Distress: 9 Crore Applied For MGNREGS Work Last Year -Subodh Varma

-Newsclick.in Shrinking farm incomes, frozen wages and lack of jobs is driving people to work in the scheme for a pittance. Nearly 9 crore Indians applied for work in the Rural Jobs guarantee scheme (MGNREGS) in 2017-18, according to data put out by the ministry of rural development. That’s a staggering 42% of the rural work force. Of those who applied for work, some 1.4 crore persons (or about 15%) were turned...

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'Give 200 days' work under NREGA

-The Times of India Jaipur: At Jawaja in Ajmer and Bhim in Rajsamand, workers associated with the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) met in large numbers to speak of their problems. It was on February 2, 2006, that NREGA was first implemented in 200 districts of the country. Friday, thus, marked the 12th anniversary of the launch of this programme. People sought not just 100 days as at...

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