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Jharkhand's MGNREGA Workers Need a Lot More Than Political Slogans -Siraj Dutta

5-16, the unemployment in the state – pegged at 7.7% – was higher than the all-India average of 5%. In the absence of adequate formal employment opportunities, the Mahatma Gandhi National rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), which entitles rural households to 100 days of unskilled manual labour every year, continues to be a lifeline for workers in the state. The implementation of the MGN

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Job scheme funds frozen -ASRP Mukesh

-The Telegraph Ranchi: Over six lakh people engaged in jobs under the Mahatma Gandhi National rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in Jharkhand have not got their daily wages since September 15, the backlog on Tuesday standing at an estimated Rs 155 crores, making it a dim Diwali for the state's poorest. The onus of this lies on Jharkhand as the Centre has withheld funds as the state government has not yet handed over its utilisation re

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Shyam Khadka, India's representative at the FAO of the United Nations, interviewed by Sayantan Bera (Livemint.com)

of discussion on agriculture is around crops, and 90% of the discussion on crops is around rice and wheat. We still suffer from the (food) insecurities of the 1960s which we do not need to. * The rural youth is not keen to continue with farming. What are your views on rural-urban migration? The classical economic transition in Europe happened when people moved out of agriculture to industry. That was

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Gujarat is offering 0%-interest loans to farmers but its record on long-term support is patchy -Nitin Sethi

ack on time. Many Opposition politics criticised this as a populist measure, aimed at garnering votes for Rupani’s Bharatiya Janata Party. Reducing the interest burden of farmers in times of rural distress can often prove beneficial. But agricultural economists say that this is not the best way to help farmers. Loans from the formal banking sector are most often cornered by rich farmers, studies show. As a result, cuts in the interest rates o

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Non-linking of aadhaar with ration card is denying people their right to food

is now compulsory in about 80 percent of ration shops in the state of Jharkhand, and ABBA is impossible without aadhaar seeding. According to Drèze, ABBA is an inappropriate technology for rural Jharkhand since it has led to the exclusion of millions of people from the Public Distribution System (PDS). Although civil rights activists raised the issue of exclusion caused by the non-linking of aadhaar number with ration card, the Jharkhand st

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Flood-resistant rice fights for survival -Nidhi Jamwal

the embankment and the building of the sluice gate. In its report, Post Disaster Recovery: Assessment of Needs in Moderate Flood Conditions in Saharsa District, prepared for the National Institute of rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR), MPA has said that every year standing paddy in 55 acres land of Sahorwa is destroyed due to waterlogging, which amounts to a loss of INR 192,500 (USD 2,962) per year. Before 2012, per acre production of maize

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Fund crunch: 88% of NREGA budget over, 6 months left -Shalini Nair

rore budget allocation for 2017-18 will be left for implementation of the scheme over the next six months. The shortage of funds comes even as the demand for work under the Mahatma Gandhi National rural Employment Guarantee Act is expected to peak from next month, after the harvest of Kharif crops. The demand-driven social security scheme guarantees 100 days of wage employment in a year to any rural h

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New guidelines for social audit to boost Food Security Scheme -Anand Mishra

as per the norms of the Act with regard to monthly entitlements and applicable prices, there was no need to go for as detailed and cost intensive social audit as is being done in case of the flagship rural job scheme MGNREGA. They were of the view that a simpler social audit process can be evolved for NFSA. Please click here to read more.  

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Food security: Solution lies in traditional food -Archana Mishra

e agricultural pattern, which is the need of the hour.   All these benefits go well with this year’s theme of World Food Day - Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development. If states are able to do so, we can improve our ranking in Global Hunger Index, which has  slipped three places, putting  India at 100th position  among 119 nations.     Governance Now, 16 Octobe

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