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Thursday, April 02, 2020



Consider 21 days' advance payment to MGNREGA workers: Sonia Gandhi to PM Modi

April 02, 2020 7:08 am

Gandhi said “lakhs of agricultural workers have been left unemployed during the crucial harvesting season (and) devoid of an alternative source of income, an increasingly large number of the rural poor are expected to demand work under MGNREGA.”

Coronavirus: Congress says govt package modest, CPM calls Rs 20 hike in MGNREGA pay a ‘joke’

March 27, 2020 8:30 am

While former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi called the package ‘the first step in the right direction”, senior party leader P Chidambaram only gave it a “cautious welcome”. Congress leader Anand Sharma said he “broadly” supports the action plan.

Coronavirus: To be hiked from April 1, MGNREGA wage revision was due before FY20-end

March 27, 2020 1:07 am

For instance, an increase in the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) wages by Rs 20 with effect from April 1, 2020, has already been notified on March 23 as the revision was due before the end of the current financial year.

Double-digit MGNREGA hike for all states, UTs

March 26, 2020 4:06 am

Mizoram, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh have seen an increase of Rs 14 whereas Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Jammu & Kashmir recorded a hike of Rs 15, Rs 16 and Rs 17, respectively.

Government must engage in a collaborative effort with farmer groups

January 24, 2020 11:33 am

There is an ambiguous provision to levy income tax on “dairying”. Either the provision should be removed or it should be clarified that it does not include dairy farmers. Dairying is a part of agriculture and as per the Constitution, it is a state subject.

MGNREGA trends: fewer jobs since July, wider demand-supply gap

December 28, 2019 1:37 am

The gap between the number of households demanding MGNREGA work and the number who were provided work has been the highest in 2019-20. This indicates that even if demand fell, supply of work fell even more.

Jammu sarpanches protest over non-payment of MGNREGA dues

December 11, 2019 4:10 am

Police detained several sarpanches and took them to District Police Lines. They were released on filing surety bonds.

MGNREGA scam: More heads to roll, says Punjab minister

November 20, 2019 7:40 am

The Rural Development and Panchayats minister has already ordered a through inquiry into the alleged scam that was unearthed in Muktsar, Faridkot and Ferozepur districts.

Distress signal: Share of youngest workers in NREG begins to rise

October 22, 2019 11:05 am

There is no clarity on what could be the reason behind this rising trend of entry level workforce among MGNREGA workers but experts say this could be a reflection of rural distress and lack of employment opportunities.

Govt set to bring in stipend to skill up MGNREGA workers

October 20, 2019 2:45 am

Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005, provides unskilled manual work for 100 days to eligible rural households.