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Can raising the approved labour budget from 280.76 crore person-days to 306.6 crore person-days help the unskilled returnee migrants who prefer MGNREGA to Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan?

Although social activists and concerned economists demanded at least Rs. 1 lakh crore to be earmarked in favour of the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), the Finance Minister in her budget speech on 1st February allocated only Rs.61,500 crore to it for the financial year 2020-21. As compared to the fund spent on MGNREGA in 2019-20 (i.e. revised estimate of Rs.71,001.81 crore), the amount set aside for the...

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Union Budget And Other Economic Policies

KEY TRENDS   Please click here to know the details of [inside]Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan (launched on 20th June, 2020)[/inside], which will be implemented in a mission mode campaign in 125 days in 116 districts of six states with the support of Rs. 50,000 crore. The Abhiyaan will be a convergent effort between 12 different Ministries/ Departments to implement 25 categories of works/ activities. --- Please click here to access the [inside]Details of...

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PDS/ Ration/ Food Security

KEY TRENDS   • During 2014-15, while procurement of foodgrains (rice and wheat) increased from 56.9 million tonnes to 60.2 million tonnes, offtake of foodgrains (rice and wheat) from the PDS decreased from 59.8 million tonnes to 55.9 million tonnes. Despite increased availability in the PDS and prevalence of high inflation in foodgrains, dependence on the PDS is reducing, suggesting that there may be issues of availability, timely availability and quality of...

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