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MGNREGA: rural welfare on crutches -Debmalya Nandy

-The Telegraph The inadequate sanctioning of schemes across gram panchayats hinders operations, thereby reducing employment opportunities The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act tracker released by the People’s Action for Employment Guarantee as well as a research report presented by LibTech India reveal why the rural job programme has not been able to cater to the needs of the poorest during this steep rural job crisis. Earlier, a survey by the Azim...

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Rajasthan bringing MGNREGA audits in line with village plans

-The Hindu Jaipur: The Congress government in Rajasthan has initiated action to bring the concurrent social audits of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act’s (MGNREGA) works at village panchayats in line with the annual village plans. A target has been set to complete the exercise by January 26. Chief Secretary Niranjan Arya said here on Wednesday that socially excluded groups would be included in the planning process, with the emphasis...

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500 NREGA workers in Andhra allegedly not paid wages for nearly 20 months -Charan Teja The workers alleged that there have been irregularities in paying their wages for nearly 20 months, to the tune of Rs 20 lakh. Around 500 daily wage labourers registered under the NREGA (National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) in Andhra Pradesh’s East Godavari district have alleged irregularities in the payment of their wages for nearly 20 months, to the tune of Rs 20 lakh. The incident came to light from Chirutapudi gram...

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In quest of MGNREGA: 9.7 million households did not find employment despite seeking work during lockdown, says report -Kushal Mishra In the wake of the employment crisis caused by COVID-19, the Centre released Rs 1,000 billion under MGNREGA. 71% of this has already been spent, but of the 90 million active job cards, only about 1.9 million were able to complete 100 days of employment by November 2020. MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi Employment Guarantee Act), the world’s largest employment guarantee scheme, has so far failed to provide work to 9.7 million households...

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Around 45.6 lakh households did not receive their MGNREGA job cards despite applying for it till November end this year

-Fourth MGNREGA tracker by Peoples' Action for Employment Guarantee (PAEG), released on 10th December, 2020 The latest tracker of the Peoples' Action for Employment Guarantee (PAEG) focuses on the state of implementation of MGNREGA in the country. Highlights of the Tracker: 1. 1.3 crore Job Cards issued this year. 2. 13 percent unmet demand. 97 lakh households have had their demand unmet at some point in the year. 3. While over 1 crore more Households...

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