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Budget 2021 Is a Chance to Undo the COVID-Induced Inequality That Has Surged Across India -Nikhil Dey Ideally, the government should increase the work entitlement for MGNREGA to at least 150 days, double the budget and put in place an urban employment guarantee act. Let’s start with those who did well over the last 10 months. The Sensex index crossed the 50,000 benchmark for the first time on January 21, 2021, with a whopping 70% increase since April 2020. The Oxfam inequality report, just released, gives an idea of...

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Uttarakhand increases number of working days from 100 to 150 under MGNREGA

-ANI/ Business Standard The move aims to encourage employment opportunities In a move to encourage employment opportunities, Uttarakhand Government has announced that the number of working days under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) will be increased from 100 to 150, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said on Monday. While addressing the gathering at his office, Rawat said that government will increase the number of working days from 100 to...

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Meghalaya woman faces social boycott for ‘exposing’ MGNREGA graft -Prasanta Mazumdar

-The New Indian Express She said she started facing the social boycott from the time she had lodged a complaint alleging corruption in MGNREGA implementation. GUWAHATI: A woman in Meghalaya alleged she was facing a social boycott in her village for “exposing” corruption in the implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). Thrina Suchen, who hails from East Jaintia Hills, alleged that the village authorities had on November 30...

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Centre has promised to enhance MGNREGA mandays to 150, says Minister Eshwarappa

-The Hindu MANGALURU: Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj K.S. Eshwarappa said on Tuesday that the Union government has promised to sanction 50 additional mandays for the State to implement Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme. Speaking to presspersons in Udupi, the Minister said that the Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Narendra Singh Tomar at a recent meeting promised to increase mandays from 100 to...

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Dialogues for democracy, lessons from Rajasthan -Sakina Dhorajiwala, Puma Chandra Kishan and Rajendran Narayanan

-The Hindu Federalism and good governance need engagement between people and officials, as the MGNREGA programme shows It is 45 days and counting since lakhs of farmers have gathered in Delhi protesting against the farm laws. Leaving aside the merits and demerits of the laws, many are aggrieved about the process of promulgation of the laws as it lacked any consultation with those that the laws are purportedly meant to serve. Very often,...

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