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Rs 420 crore in NREGA wages pending in Andhra, workers suffer -Charan Teja

-TheNewsMinute.com This amount has been pending for the last five months, according to daily wage earners and activists in the state. Grappling with the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of rural labourers in Andhra Pradesh turned to National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) to earn a livelihood as several sectors of the economy have been affected. However, Pending Wages are adding to the woes of NREGA workers who mainly hail from...

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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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MGNREGA workers demand Rs. 600 as minimum daily wage rate, besides 200 days of employment and strict implementation of locally planned works

-Press release by NREGA Sangharsh Morcha dated June 29th, 2020 Today, workers in over sixty districts across eleven states of the country observed “NREGA Adhikar Diwas” by submitting a memorandum to the Prime Minister to demand an increase in the annual guarantee of work to 200 days per person, revision of the daily wage rate to Rs. 600 and strict implementation of schemes planned by the gram/ward sabha. The widespread disruptions to...

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MGNREGA allocation is way off the mark to uplift the rural economy & address economic downturn, say Right to Work activists

The Union Budget 2020-21, which was presented by the Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman on 1st February, 2020 has failed to impress civil society activists and farmers' rights groups (click here  and here). Through their press releases and notes, members of CSOs were demanding as well as suggesting the Union Government for hiking the budgetary allocation for schemes like Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and Pradhan Mantri...

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Civil society demands for increase in budgetary allocation under MGNREGA to clear Pending Wages

-Press release by NREGA Sangharsh Morcha dated 31st January, 2020 Rural distress has risen to alarming levels. As per the Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) of 2017-18, rural unemployment stands at 8 percent (statement 30 in Section 3.7, PLFS). In conjunction with skyrocketing food inflation levels, this is a serious concern. The situation is much worse for the landless depending on casual manual labour who constitute more than half the rural...

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