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Half of 30 lakh workers who returned to UP are unskilled, MNREGA the main avenue for jobs so far -Maulshree Seth

-The Indian Express The state's massive exercise to prepare a database of returning migrant workers nears completion, provides detailed profile of workforce as government seeks to connect them with potential employers. As the Uttar Pradesh government nears the end of its massive exercise to profile the skills of over 30 lakh migrant workers who have returned following the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic, analysis of the data has revealed the extent both...

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Rs 150,000 crore plus: the govt stimulus for rural areas post lockdown -Harish Damodaran

-The Indian Express That’s the actual liquidity pumped into rural areas by government post lockdown – through grain procurement, PM-Kisan and MGNREGA wages. There are many parallels one can draw between the novel coronavirus-induced lockdown (gharbandi) and demonetisation (notebandi), in terms of their impact on India’s farm economy. Both resulted in the same thing – demand destruction – albeit through different routes. Notebandi caused a haemorrhaging of liquidity from the predominantly cash-based farm...

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Lockdown further impoverishes those who were living on the edges of existence even during normal times, finds a new report

A recent survey that was conducted through telephonic interviews among 1,405 respondents across the states of Delhi-NCR, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Rajasthan and Jharkhand reveals the precarious conditions of workers nearly 45 days after the announcement of COVID-19 lockdown. The report entitled Labouring Lives: Hunger, Precarity and Despair amid Lockdown tries to understand the extent (and depth) of job loss and hunger 45 days after the lockdown. Hunger and...

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‘Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyan’ not sufficient for J'khand, says JPCC

-The Pioneer Ranchi: Jharkhand Pradesh Congress Committee (JPCC) said on Saturday that due to nationwide complete lockdown, the economy of the entire Country has collapsed, in such a situation, the Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyan is not enough to start in only 116 districts of the Country and only three districts of backward State like Jharkhand. In a joint statement issued by JPCC Spokesperson Alok Kumar Dubey, Lal Kishorenath Shahdeo, Rajesh Gupta said...

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Increase employment limit under MGNREGA from 100 to 200 days: Rajasthan CM to PM

-PTI/ Livemint.com Rajasthan government has issued job cards under MGNREGA to the migrant labourers who returned home during the lockdown, says Ashok Gehlot JAIPUR: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to increase employment limit under the MGNREGA from 100 to 200 days which would benefit 70 lakh families in rural areas of the state hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. He said the Centre has started the 'Garib Kalyan...

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