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Second wave wreaking havoc on rural lives. Will it impact rural livelihoods as well?

With the rise in Covid-19 daily new cases and daily new deaths since March this year, media reports (please click here and here) on migrant workers returning back to their native places (i.e. places of origin) from migration destinations (i.e. workplaces likes cities and large industrial towns to where the informal and low skilled workers from the marginalised sections of the society migrate seasonally, and sometimes for a longer duration,...

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Virus spread in rural areas may hit recovery further -Aanchal Magazine

-The Indian Express On the other hand, in urban areas, the pent-up demand for consumer goods — a major contributor to the pick-up in consumption in the second half of 2020-21 — is unlikely to be a factor this year, further denting the growth prospects. New Delhi: THE DEEPENING of fear in the countryside with the rapid spread of Covid-19 in rural areas is likely to further delay the recovery of the...

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27 mn households sought work under employment guarantee scheme last month -Sanjeeb Mukherjee

-Business Standard This was mainly on account of migrants again returning to their homes due to the second wave of Covid-19 and several cities going into lockdowns Around 27.3 million households demanded work under mgnrega in April 2021, among the highest for the month in recent times. This comes as migrants once again returned to their homes due to the second wave of Covid-19 and several cities went into lockdowns. The high work demand...

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mgnrega jobs helped people sustain in Jharkhand during 2020-21 -Achintya Ganguly

-The Telegraph The jobs created under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (mgnrega) helped people sustain in Jharkhand during 2020-21 and also expected to do the same even this year. Ranchi: This was revealed in a report on the performances of the job scheme released by an independent organisation, Lib Tech India, late last week. “We have just complied the data as available in the public domain to arrive at the...

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Demand for mgnrega work spikes

-The Hindu ‘This indicates the extent of reverse migration from lockdown States to native States’ The demand for mgnrega work so far in the month of April has increased to 2.57 crore households, 92% higher than a year ago, and a record high for April since 2013, as per State Bank of India (SBI) research. “This indicates the extent of reverse migration from the lockdown States to their native States,” SBI group chief...

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