After the Finance Ministry rejected the recommendations of two recent government panels, MGNREGA workers in 10 states will get no raises in 2018-19. Minimum farm wages are now higher in many states.
Advocate Prashant Bhushan, representing NGO Swaraj Abhiyan, told the bench that states have to “plead” with the Centre to get an increase in their budget to pay for employment given under the Act.
(I will not only quit the ministry but also resign from membership of the House. Let the MLA give some evidence in support of his allegations),” Abdul Haq Khan said.
Government is prioritising savings over MGNREGA and rights of the poor.
Sources suggested that the Narendra Modi government was likely to funnel about Rs 10,000 crore into schemes under the MGNREGA.
Last financial year, of the additional Rs 15,000 crore that the MoRD sought in supplementary demands, the Finance Ministry cleared only Rs 9,000 crore.
Incidentally, on the completion of 10 years of MGNREGA last year, the Narendra Modi government, which had earlier appeared to be critical of the UPA’s flagship rural job scheme, hailed it saying the achievements of a decade were a “cause for national pride and celebrations”.
Those not having Aadhaar cards will not be barred from work under the MGNREGA scheme, but the unique identification number was being encouraged, said Tomar, adding that there had been an increase in the wages under MGNREGA over the years
As per data being examined by the committee, the minimum wages paid to agricultural workers are significantly higher than MGNREGA wages in Karnataka, Punjab, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Mizoram, and Andaman and the Nicobar Islands.
The Niti Aayog’s report, submitted before the United Nations, acknowledges that anti-poverty programmes like the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) helped weaker sections of the society.
Over the past one year, aadhaar has been made compulsory by the government for various schemes/programmes and institutions. While the legality of Aadhar Card is being argued in court of law, here are some services for which Aadhaar card is mandatory.
West Bengal has in total received five state-level awards and two for its districts for outstanding performance in several categories, state Panchayats & Rural Development Department Minister Subrata Banerjee on Tuesday said
Lokayukta Justice (retd) Nawal Kishore Agarwal pronounced the order on Friday over alleged irregularities to the tune of Rs 25 crore.
During elections, PM Modi had made huge claims about our “demographic dividend” and had promised 100 million jobs in manufacturing by 2022
The apex court said it was extremely unfortunate that the government had no provision for providing compensation to the workers, and it was regrettable that it cleared the pending wage bill for 2015-16 only during the pendency of the case.