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NREGA workers get lowest wage hike ever, Re 1 in some states -Shalini Nair

states like Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, the increase in daily wages under MGNREGA from April 1 is just Re 1. IN THE lowest wage hike under the Mahatma Gandhi National rural Employment Scheme, the Centre has increased wages by an average of just 2.7 per cent this financial year. In some states like Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, the increase in daily wages under MGNREGA from April 1 is just R

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How Dalit lands were stolen -Ilangovan Rajasekaran

y of status and dignity of person [is] teasing illusions.” It reiterated further that the state was under a constitutional obligation to distribute largesse (land) to poor people, especially in rural India, to augment their economic position. “Assignment of land having been made in furtherance thereof, any alienation, in its contravention, would be in violation of the constitutional policy….” The judge also drew attention to a

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Decoding the Agony of the Indian Farmer -Nilanjan Banik

s of which can be found here. We examined the reasons behind farmers being unaware that market prices for crops had to do with inefficient supply chain management and lack of irrigation facilities in rural areas. Similarly, the fluctuation of agricultural output in India is due to supply-side shocks resulting from inadequate rainfall, rather than demand-side factors resulting from lower per-capita income. Investment in More »

Niti Aayog backs tax on agriculture income

o declare agriculture as their source of income to evade tax. "But the eventual answer to expanding the base on the personal income tax other than elimination of exemptions is also to tax the rural sector including agricultural income above a certain threshold," Niti Aayog member Bibek Debroy said on Tuesday, at a news conference convened to unveil the draft three-year agenda that is replacing the Soviet-style five-year plans followed by

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Waiving loans doesn't end the distress -Rajalakshmi Nirmal

tates to follow suit. But contrary to common belief, debt waivers aside from possibly guaranteeing electoral victory, do little to alleviate the plight of farmers. Neither do they help kick-start the rural economy nor spur agriculture investment. In fact, loan waivers only compound the problems faced by farmers by tarnishing their credit history and restricting access to institutional credit. Worse, they create a moral hazard by disrupting the credit

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Inadequate Pensions Leave India's Elderly No Choice But To Work -Kinjal Sampat & Nandini Dey

ion scheme for the aged–irritated her. She explained that she was indeed a beneficiary but did not want to be one. Local officials had refused to give her work under the Mahatma Gandhi National rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA, the law that governs the key central government employment guarantee programme) since she received Rs 500 a month as pension under the scheme. In a clear violation of MGNREGA, Kamla Devi was informed that the pe

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MGNREGA clean-up leaves many jobless in Jharkhand -Sanjoy Dey

-Hindustan Times Ranchi: Jharkhand’s bureaucrats have denied thousands of farm workers their legally mandated livelihoods under the guise of plugging leakages in the Mahatma Gandhi National rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), say activists. Earlier this month, HT reported that the ministry of rural development had cancelled 93 lakh MGNREGA job cards — of which 2.67 lakh cards were f

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NREGA dilution finger at Centre

-The Telegraph New Delhi: Activists and researchers today accused the Centre of systematically curtailing the 100-day rural job scheme by not releasing funds for the payment of beneficiaries, diluting norms to avoid giving compensation and cancelling cards of genuine job-seekers. They said payments to around 10 crore poor workers were getting delayed because of the lack of funds. The Union rural

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