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Why India needs another statistical revolution -Pramit Bhattacharya

d by policymakers and analysts. The state’s ability to amass and collate administrative data seems to grow by the day. Most big schemes of the government, such as the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) and the Jan Dhan Yojana today collect and disseminate detailed disaggregated data. Yet, the once-famed statistical bodies, the Central Statistical Organization (CSO) and the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO),

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What the Data Tells Us About 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas' -Anamitra Roychowdhury

to provide relief to agricultural labourers (for inclusive growth) in drought years is to generate adequate non-farm employment in the rural sector by pumping in money to the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee scheme. As Figure 1 above suggests, the government actually reduced allocation to MGNREGA (as percent of GDP) during 2014 and 2015 compared to the immediate past years. It is only in 2016 (Revised Estimates) that the allocation

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Women labour in drought-hit Karnataka on a mission to revive water bodies -Vikram Gopal

-Hindustan Times These women have come together to force the administration to give them designated work under the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act. The scorching heat and glaring sun don’t seem to deter the spirit of villagers clearing weed and silt from a dry lake in Bevanahalli, Mandya district. Sowbhagya, one of the labourers, from the 75-member group is worried about completing the task assigned on time.

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Rural job scheme will eat into food security, claims study -Padmini Sivarajah

-The Times of India MADURAI: The Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), rolled out a decade ago, has impacted households and individuals in a positive as well as negative way, but the adverse impacts of the scheme could impact the nation's food security, according to an authoritative study. What may set the alarm bells ringing is the projected decline in acreage under rice cultivation in states like Tamil Nadu and

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Baseless Aadhaar and its many flaws: When the poor lose their thumb prints -Osama Manzar & Eshita Mukherjee

r the public distribution system (PDS). In the absence of an Aadhaar Card, she is also deprived of various other government entitlements, including the right to work under the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). Ninety-year-old Fefi Devi and her husband Nathu Singh haven't received ration from the local Fair Price Shop (FPS) ever since Aadhaar-based biometric authentication was introduced in their village, Kukerkheda i

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A mango plantation in Jharkhand shows how MGNREGA can really empower rural families -Inayat Sabhikhi

a in Latehar district of Jharkhand is bustling with activity. They are busy working on setting up a mango plantation on what was once a barren plot near their house, under the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act – which guarantees 100 days of employment in a year to rural families. There is a lot of work to be done: pits to be dug, saplings to be planted, plants to be watered, fences to be constructed, and a careful eye to be

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How a Kerala panchayat brought a dying river back to life -Nandini Rathi & Shaju Philip

er, thanks to the will of the Budhanur gram panchayat in Alappuzha district, and the commitment of 700 local men and women who worked to bring the river back to life under the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). The Kuttamperoor was once a full 12 kilometres long and, at places, over 100 feet wide. The river originates from Achankovil at Ulunthi, near Mavelikkara, and flows through Ennackad, Budhanur, Kuttamperoor, Man

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Dissent and Aadhaar -Jean Dreze

promote Aadhaar (by creating mass dependence on it), irrespective of the consequences. As it happens, the consequences so far have been disastrous. If the name of a worker employed under the National rural employment Guarantee Act is spelt differently in his job card and Aadhaar card, he is at risk of not being paid. If an old widow’s age happens to be understated on her Aadhaar card, she may be deprived of the pension that keeps her alive. For

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Govt pares MNREGA compensation for delay in payment of wages -Nitin Sethi & Sahil Makkar

ns that systematically calculate less than the payable compensation New Delhi: The Union government has been understating the compensation that workers should get under the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) for the delay in payment of wages. Not just that, only a portion of this understated compensation is being paid to the beneficiaries across the country. According to the job guarantee scheme, wages should be pa

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Jharkhand MNREGA workers return Re 1 to PM, CM to protest 'meagre' hike -Sanjoy Dey & Vishal Sharma

er Narendra Modi and state chief minister Raghubar Das to protest the meagre hike. The union government has recently increased the wages for the Jharkhand workers under the Mahatma Gandhi National rural employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) from Rs 167 to Rs 168. This is the lowest annual hike of MNREGA wages in the state in last 11 years. Last year, it was increased by Rs 5. Even then the workers had resorted to the unique protest. Workers on th

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