Congress has been urging the Centre to scale up the MGNREGA scheme and expand its scope to meet the growing work demand in the wake of the coronavirus crisis
Despite 78% of rural India finding no work in lockdown, survey shows 74% backs Modi govt in COVID-19 fight
Additionally, more than 68% rural Indians faced 'high' to 'very high' monetary difficulties during lockdown, the survey conducted by Gaon Connection and Centre for the Study of Developing Societies found
At 8.5 percent, unemployment rate falls to pre-lockdown levels, suggests CMIE data; rural employment likely to see 'bigger gains' in coming months
India’s unemployment rate reduced to pre-lockdown levels at 8.5 percent during the week that ended on 21 June, Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) said.
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."
Agrarian distress, shoddy enforcement of MNREGA in Marathwada and Vidarbha leave migrant workers in Maharashtra little choice but to return to cities
With farming increasingly proving to be unprofitable due to various reasons in Maharashtra, migrant workers returning to villages will have to return to urban centres for livelihood as soon as lockdown eases.
Samajwadi Party leader, son shot dead in Uttar Pradesh's Sambhal following dispute over construction of road under MGNREGS; two held
Two persons have been arrested in connection with the murder of a Samajwadi Party leader and his son, who were shot dead in Uttar Pradesh's Sambhal district on Tuesday after a dispute with a group of villagers over the construction of a road.
We are living in the time of a pandemic that although unique to our generation, mimics the one exactly a century ago. Not only is the pandemic triggered by a respiratory virus, its effect on both human health and livelihoods is similarly astronomical — bringing the wheels of the economy to a halt
COVID-19 impact: Informal economy workers excluded from most govt measures, be it cash transfers or tax benefits
Like demonetisation, the current lockdown has exposed millions of workers and their families to starvation, hunger, death and very bleak future prospects.
Home, DPIIT secretaries talk to industry associations for speeding up economic, industrial activities: Govt
The DPIIT in a tweet said that the conference with industry associations was "to facilitate permits for industrial activities in order to boost economic activities."
Coronavirus outbreak will push a vast section deeper into poverty and hunger; governments must take these steps to ease suffering
Despite the lockdown, state governments or the Union government should make special provisions to ensure that unemployed workers return home, either to be rid of the burden of paying extra for a roof, or to escape shelters and camps where an outbreak of COVID-19 could spread calamitously.
A battle for rights: Why a nagar panchayat in Chhattisgarh fought to reclaim its legal status as a village
Vishrampuri in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh became one of the villages to be declared a nagar panchayat in 2009. But this move took away the residents' rights under the housing welfare scheme and they were no longer entitled to benefits under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act
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
Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus, 5,42,788 confirmed cases globally, India launches first bailout plan
There are now over 5,42,788 confirmed cases and over 24,361 COVID-19 deaths globally. Over 1,24,000 have recovered.
Montek Singh Ahluwalia's Backstage traces the trajectory of India's public policies, economic growth
Performance in the first two years of the NDA was greatly helped by the collapse in world oil prices in October 2014, which created a very favourable external environment compared to the situation facing the UPA when oil prices were very high.
Complete breakdown of welfare schemes like PDS, MNREGA in Jharkhand's Latehar district: Villagers blame loopholes, lackadaisical officials
While issues in the PDS scheme have affected people across Jharkhand, activists pointed to another factor that has contributed to the spate of starvation deaths - loopholes in implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA or NREGA), and the lack of accountability for its failure in the state.
Jharkhand election: Rise of starvation deaths, breakdown of welfare schemes to influence tribal voting
The five-phase election beginning on 30 November is the first time the Raghubar Das government could face the ire of the electorate over the issue that has largely affected the state’s Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities, which make up 38 percent of the population
Maharashtra Election 2019: Self-help groups in Gadchiroli unite to fight systemic discrimination against women
The Mahila Parisar Sangha, comprising women from the Gond and Kanwar tribes, is 37 SHGs-strong, spread across 19 villages in both the talukas. Initially, the collective was formed to overcome roadblocks SHG members faced in dealing with bank protocol, but it has become a platform to empower women to claim their rights.
Adivasis and the Indian State: Abysmal wages, ineffective labour unions leave tribal tea garden workers high and dry
It has been 71 years since Independence. Yet, little has changed for tea garden workers, and, in a sense, they are yet to taste real freedom.
Centre not in favour of continuing with MGNREGA forever, rural development minister Narendra Singh Tomar tells LS
Union rural development minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the overall budgetary allocation for MGNREGA has increased from Rs 55,000 crore in 2018-19 to Rs 60,000 crore 2019-20.
Jharkhand's focus on asset creation under MGNREGS impressive, but efficacy of mango farms in addressing poverty, migration doubtful
Jharkhand has completed close to nine lakh works between 2016 and 2019, however, this has not lead to an increase in wages under MGNREGS, nor has it addressed migration