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Sonia Gandhi calls MGNREGA a powerful mechanism to help people, asks Centre not to play politics 'in time of crisis'
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Sonia Gandhi calls MGNREGA a powerful mechanism to help people, asks Centre not to play politics 'in time of crisis'

Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Monday made an impassioned plea for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) to be depoliticised, saying it is a powerful mechanism that can be used to help the people of India in "their time of need."

Centre releases Rs 4,431 crore to clear pending wages under MGNREGA, to pay all dues by 10 April
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Centre releases Rs 4,431 crore to clear pending wages under MGNREGA, to pay all dues by 10 April

The Centre has released Rs 4,431 crore to clear pending wages under the rural job scheme MGNREGA and will pay all dues by 10 April, officials said on Friday, a day after the government announced an increase in wages under the programme

Goa environmentalists cheer Pramod Sawant's proposal for rain harvesting, raising ground water level
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Goa environmentalists cheer Pramod Sawant's proposal for rain harvesting, raising ground water level

t the NITI Ayog's meeting in New Delhi on Saturday, Sawant said his government would take steps to ensure proper rainwater harvesting to overcome scarcity in the state. Karnataka and Goa, the riparian states of Mahadayi, have been locked in a bitter battle over the sharing of water of the river. Environmentalist Sachin Tendulkar said that the focus should be on rainwater recharge in higher reaches and foothills of the state through micro watershed-based approach.

Odisha government estimates losses of Rs 12,000 crore due to Cyclone Fani, says amount may increase after door-to-door survey
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Odisha government estimates losses of Rs 12,000 crore due to Cyclone Fani, says amount may increase after door-to-door survey

'We have submitted a tentative loss figure of Cyclone Fani to the central team. This amount may increase as the officials will undertake a door-to-door survey to access the actual loss,' Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) BP Sethi said

Travels through the Hindi belt: In Lucknow, daily wage earners vouch for Narendra Modi, feel Rahul Gandhi hasn't arrived yet
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Travels through the Hindi belt: In Lucknow, daily wage earners vouch for Narendra Modi, feel Rahul Gandhi hasn't arrived yet

According to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy, Uttar Pradesh’s unemployment rate is 8.1 percent as against the national average of 6.7 percent.

Travels through the Hindi belt: For farm workers in Bihar's Darbhanga, seasonal migration to Punjab only hope of livelihood
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Travels through the Hindi belt: For farm workers in Bihar's Darbhanga, seasonal migration to Punjab only hope of livelihood

Thousands of villagers from Bihar’s Darbhanga district migrate around March-end to work as labourers in Punjab’s wheat fields, where they toil away for over a month.

Marathwada villagers demand jobs under MGNREGA as drought dries up work in farms, factories
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Marathwada villagers demand jobs under MGNREGA as drought dries up work in farms, factories

Fearing a rise in the number of suicides, alcoholism and housebreaking incidents, farmers in Marathwada are demanding that the Maharashtra government immediately provides jobs to the youth under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA)

Rahul Gandhi takes dig at 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' slogan in MP, says daughters need to be saved from BJP MLAs
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Rahul Gandhi takes dig at 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' slogan in MP, says daughters need to be saved from BJP MLAs

Rahul Gandhi began his two-day tour of Madhya Pradesh by offering prayers at the famous Maa Peetambara Peeth temple complex in Datia in Gwalior division.

Ahead of Rajasthan polls, group of protesters say 'will choose NOTA' if govt doesn't agree to universal-standard pension
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Ahead of Rajasthan polls, group of protesters say 'will choose NOTA' if govt doesn't agree to universal-standard pension

Swarlal from Bhilwara in Rajasthan has been sitting under a tree at Parliament Street, listening attentively to speakers demanding that the government disburse universal pension of Rs 3,000 for the elderly, single women and specially-abled people.

For NDA's move to raise MSPs of monsoon crops to matter, agriculture needs structural changes, says economic analyst
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For NDA's move to raise MSPs of monsoon crops to matter, agriculture needs structural changes, says economic analyst

Madhura Swaminathan talked about the challenges facing Indian agriculture, including low MSPs and farm income and disagreement with Aadhaar-enabled food security in the PDS.

Chief ministers' panel and NITI Aayog deliberates on using MGNREGA funds for rehabilitation of agricultural land
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Chief ministers' panel and NITI Aayog deliberates on using MGNREGA funds for rehabilitation of agricultural land

Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath suggested the use of MGNREGA funds in supplementing labour costs in agriculture

Delayed payments under guaranteed rural employment programme MNREGA decline to 6-yr low: SBI report
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Delayed payments under guaranteed rural employment programme MNREGA decline to 6-yr low: SBI report

Delayed payments under the guaranteed rural employment programme MNREGA fell to 6-year low of Rs 67,956 crore last fiscal ended 31 March, a SBI research report said

Economic Survey 2018: Use of technology has led to transparent and effective enforcement of labour laws
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Economic Survey 2018: Use of technology has led to transparent and effective enforcement of labour laws

The Economic survey highlights labour reform measures, including technology-driven initiatives that ensure delivery by reducing complexity in compliance.

Digital transaction helped NREGA workers receive wages on time, claims government
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Digital transaction helped NREGA workers receive wages on time, claims government

Almost twice the number of MGNREGA workers have received their wages on time so far this year on account of use of digital technology and other measures, the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) said on Friday.

Govt to rework baseline for paying MGNREGA wages
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Govt to rework baseline for paying MGNREGA wages

To end the variation in wages notified by the Centre and minimum wages of few states, the Centre has constituted Nagesh Singh committee to rework the baseline for paying MGNREGA wages

Uma Bharti says govt to come up with a model act to conserve ground, rain water
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Uma Bharti says govt to come up with a model act to conserve ground, rain water

The government will soon come out with a draft model law to conserve ground, surface and rain water and increase use of treated water for non-potable purposes, said Uma Bharti

Face off on between Indian Army and PLA on LAC over irrigation canal in Demchok
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Face off on between Indian Army and PLA on LAC over irrigation canal in Demchok

The area had witnessed a similar incident in 2014 after it was decided to construct a small irrigation canal at Nilung Nalla under the MNREGA scheme which had been a sore point with the Chinese.

Naxals hold kangaroo court, order sarpanch to pay workers under MGNREGA or resign
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Naxals hold kangaroo court, order sarpanch to pay workers under MGNREGA or resign

The villagers complained to the Naxals that they had not received wages for work under the MGNREGA for several months.

Budget 2016: Modi has passed budget exam with flying colours, says Rajnath Singh
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Budget 2016: Modi has passed budget exam with flying colours, says Rajnath Singh

Rajnath Singh on Monday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has passed his general budget examination with "flying colours".

Govt to start electronic transfer of MGNREGA wages from 2016 in Kerala
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Govt to start electronic transfer of MGNREGA wages from 2016 in Kerala

To prevent leakages in the MGNREGA programme, the government will introduce the system for electronic transfer of wages to the beneficiaries from 1 January next year in Kerala, Lok Sabha was informed on Thursday.