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Lok Sabha Standing Committee Concerned about Reduction in MGNREGA Budget, Recommends Increase

A report released by a Parliamentary standing committee has expressed concern over the reduction of funds for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). The report by the Lok Sabha Standing Committee on Rural Development and Panchayati Raj released on 14 March, 2023 said that the Budget Estimates for MGNREGS has been reduced by Rs. 29,400 Crore for 2023-24 when compared to the Revised Estimates of 2022-23.  The report said...

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Average employment days under MGNREGA could be at three-year low in FY23 - Parvathi Benu

The Hindu Businessline The average days of employment per household under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in FY23 are likely to be lower than in the last two fiscal years. This is according to the analysis of the data the Ministry of Rural Development put out. Data until March 6 show that the average days of employment under the Act was 45 in FY23. An extrapolation of the...

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Real Wages Declined for Rural Indians in 2022, a Year When the Economy Somewhat Recovered

The year 2022 was supposed to mark the recovery of the Indian economy from the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns of the preceding two years. However, the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February pushed up prices of food, fuel and fertilizer worldwide. In India consumer price inflation, which had declined to under 5 percent in the September-November period of 2021, has steadily increased, staying above 6 percent throughout 2022.    What happened to rural incomes in 2022? An...

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Bengal Govternment Cancels Over 14 Lakh Fake NREGA job Cards - Newsclick

A swarm of fake cards has rampaged the MGNREGA project or 100 days of work in West Bengal. More than 1 million counterfeit job cards have been caught in West Bengal in the last year, and all of them have been cancelled. The nodal division in charge of the 100-day project under the state’s Panchayat and Rural Development Department revealed. "The exact statistics of the total number of fake job cards...

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NREGA sangharsh morcha asks for withdrawal of NMMS app for marking compulsory worker attendance

In the recent week, the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) has dealt three major, concerted blows to the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA):   (1) The Budget allocation for NREGA was reduced to just Rs 60,000 crore in 2023-24 (less than Rs 50,000 crore if we deduct wage arrears from 2022-23). This makes this year’s allocation the lowest as a proportion of GDP (0.2%) in the history of the programme. (2) The...

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