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Rural Jobs: Less than 3 pc homes got 100 days of work this fiscal -Ruhi Tewari

-The Indian Express In yet another indication of the dismal performance of the scheme this financial year, less than 3 per cent households were able to complete the promised 100 days of employment under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) this year, effectively meaning that 97 per cent of the beneficiaries have not been able to use the scheme to its maximum intended capacity. Introduced in February 2006, MGNREGA...

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Tablets to boost MGNREGA soon -Yogima Sharma

-The Economic Times NEW DELHI: The Narendra Modi government is all set to give a digital boost to the flagship Rural Jobs programme by providing tablets to 2.65 lakh gram panchayats in the country to monitor its implementation. The mobile monitoring of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) will cost the Centre about Rs 265 crore, with the rural development ministry distributing tablets costing Rs 10,000 each to...

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Don’t scrap Rural Jobs scheme: ILO -D Ravi Kanth

-Livemint.com ILO chief Guy Ryder says India needs to continue strong ‘social policies' such as the MGNREGS to give ‘guaranteed' days of employment to the rural poor As the number of jobless globally crosses 204 million amid slow economic growth and widening inequalities, India needs to continue strong "social policies" such as the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) to provide "guaranteed" days of employment to the rural poor, the...

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Rural Wage Growth Plunges To 10-year Low

-IndiaSpend.com The wages of people living in rural India are no longer rising at the same rate as they were under the United Progressive Alliance government. Last week, The Indian Express reported that the average daily wage rate for rural India grew by 3.8% in November 2014 as compared to the same month the previous year. This is the lowest since 2005, said the paper. As recently as June, growth figures were...

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Rural Jobs may soon lose labour intensive label -Ruhi Tewari

-The Indian Express In a move that could alter the labour-intensive nature of the rural job guarantee scheme, the Finance Ministry has suggested changing the wage-material ratio from the current 60:40 - as provided under the Act - to an equal 50:50. This comes amid widespread criticism from several quarters of previous Rural Development minister Nitin Gadkari's proposal to change the labour-material ratio to 51:49. According to officials in the Rural Development Ministry,...

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