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The near death, and revival, of MGNREGS -Sanjeeb Mukherjee

-Business Standard Back-to-back droughts and record-low farm commodity prices have forced the NDA government to look at MGNREGS in a new light.Things have started to look up for the scheme About a year back, Raqibul Hussain, Assam's rural development minister, was unhappy because he could not stop the Central government from lowering the state's annual entitlement under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme for 2014-15. This, he said in a day-long...

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'The soul of women and life of the poor': Five women explain why MNREGA works for them

-Scroll.in/ People’s Action for Employment Guarantee The Rural Jobs guarantee scheme completes 10 years this month. The world’s biggest public works programme completes 10 years this month. The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act was enacted in September 2005, with the purpose of guaranteeing 100 days of employment in villages to any household willing to do manual work at minimum wage. It started from 200 districts in February the next year....

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Stable tenancy law will curb farm suicides: Secretaries’ panel -Dipak K Dash

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: Identifying "informal tenancy" as one of the main reasons behind farmer suicides since many don't get farm credit and crop insurance, a group of secretaries has suggested the government come out with a model tenancy law. Such a law will protect the tenants as they will get access to loans from banks and financing agencies and it will also end the fear of original owners...

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Aadhaar comes to the rescue during Tamil Nadu floods -Saurabh Kumar

-Livemint.com With banks and ATMs under water, people were able to draw cash from Aadhaar-enabled micro-ATMs New Delhi: When heavy rains marooned large parts of Tamil Nadu, banking correspondents (BC) armed with Aadhaar-enabled micro-ATMs fanned out to help people retrieve cash from their bank accounts. The flood swept away many belongings including the bank pass book, debit card and other identification documents of S. Sangeetha, 28, who lives in Anumandai village in...

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Direct cash transfers in agriculture gain ground -Sanjeeb Mukherjee

-Business Standard In November, the government decides to transfer Rs 4.5 a quintal production incentive to bank accounts of sugarcane farmers Two months ago, the Centre after much deliberation decided to transfer Rs 4.50 a quintal directly into the bank accounts of sugarcane growers. The government called this a production incentive, but it is seen by many as an attempt to kill several birds with one stone. An incentive directly transferred into the...

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