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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 MGNREGA has had a fairly chequered history in Jh

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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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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 household whose members volunteer to do unskil

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Avoid the adventurous path -M Govinda Rao and C Rangarajan

08-09 and 2009-10 is fresh in memory. After substantial improvement in the fiscal situation during the period 2004-05 to 2007-08, the implementation of the Pay Commission recommendation, expansion of rural employment guarantee for the whole country and the introduction of the loan waiver led to derailing the process of adjustment in 2008-09, and the fiscal deficit of the Centre increased from 2.5% in 2007-08 to 6.1% in 2008-09. It further ballooned to

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A drought on UP's doorstep -Omar Rashid

water tankers to supply water to households. There must also be sufficient feed for cattle and medicine in veterinary clinics, the order said. Wells must be deepened and farmers employed under the rural employment guarantee programme to meet the risk of famine. Mr. Kumar has instructed senior state and divisional officials to hold meetings at the district level with officials of all related departments and as per the parameters of the drought manua

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A Brief Case for the Indian Jhola -Ashwini Deshpande

squo;s best known action-oriented researcher, is well-known for his active role in the formulation and/or support of several of contemporary India’s social security schemes — the National rural employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), Right to Food or the National Food Security Act, Right to Information and so on. (Incidentally, in the book he disparages the media spotlight on him as the “architect” of NREGA, and suggests that if one

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India's criminal wastage: over 10 million works under MGNREGA incomplete or abandoned -Richard Mahapatra

s been declining at rapid pace, indicating that crucial assets for villages are not getting created In the last three and half years, the rate of work completion under the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) has drastically declined, leading to wastage of public money and leaving villages more prone to drought. This could also be a reason for people moving out of the programme. At a time when more than one-third of

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Yogendra Yadav, national president of the Swaraj India party, interviewed by Manas Roshan (

port price declared by the government. This should be a major boost because more income in the rural areas means more consumption. Third, it must keep the statutory requirement of the NREGA [National rural employment Guarantee Act] which the government has been running away from. This would mean spending at least another Rs 30,000 crore in NREGA. Last, I think there needs to be a very major boost to small scale manufacturers. Lots of concessions to sm

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MGNREGA: The War of Wages -Ankita Aggarwal

rsquo;s plank of working for the “last man” is confined to poll slogans. This Committee was constituted to look into harmonising minimum wages prescribed under the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) with statutory minimum wages of agricultural labourers in states. While the Committee submitted its report to the centre in July 2017, the government has been steadfast in rejecting demands for making public the

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