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The barefoot government -Bunker Roy

-The Indian Express A government shorn of Western educated ministers could change the status quo. Since 1947, Indians have not spoken out so strongly and clearly for a completely new brand of people running government. Mercifully, there are no ministers educated abroad. Thankfully, none of them has been brainwashed at Harvard, Stanford, Cambridge, the World Bank or the IMF, subtly forcing expensive Western solutions on typically Indian problems at the cost of...

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Learning from NREGA -Jean Drèze

-The Hindu Business Line Corruption in NREGA works has steadily declined in recent years. There are important lessons here that need to be extended to other domains One neglected aspect of the debate on the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) relates to the process aspects of the programme. In the process of planning works, organising employment, paying wages or fighting corruption, many valuable activities take place: Gram Sabhas are held, workers...

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Steps taken to check irregularities in MGNREGA

-PTI Govt has received a total of 3,641 complaints, of which 1,769 have been disposed of The government admitted to irregularities in implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), and said it has taken steps to rectify them and improve the scheme's delivery. Minister of State for Rural Development Upendra Kushwaha told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply that the ministry has established a comprehensive system of...

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Union Budget and the 'Digital Divide': Old Wine in New Bottle -Vipul Mudgal

-Economic and Political Weekly   The emphasis on use of digital technologies to bridge the "rural-urban gap" in the union budget is limited to high talk and minimal allocations. The need for a more comprehensive and peoples' participation-oriented rural action plan should have been the focus while setting sectoral allocations, but that is not to be in this mid-year budget. Vipul Mudgal ([email protected]) heads the Inclusive Media for Change project at the Centre...

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Time to redefine job surety? -Vibha Sharma

-The Tribune The UPA's flagship programme MGNREGS changed the employment scene for the rural poor. While 100-day job guarantee was a novel step, loopholes and poor implementation rendered it a liability. The Modi govt hopes to gradually reinvent the scheme, if not entirely scrap it. Midway through the Congress-led UPA's second tenure - believed to be largely the courtesy of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) -...

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