Most technocratic interventions introduced in MGNREGA appear to be designed to aid administrators rather than for actually helping workers.
As the next hearing in the matter of Swaraj Abhiyan vs Union of India approaches, activists are trying to raise awareness on the deep-rooted problems in MGNREGA implementation.
Of this, 63.3% is for MGNREGA project materials, 34.6% for wage payments to labourers and the remaining for administrative costs.
By making “insidious” changes to the system, the rural development ministry is trying to curb workers’ rights, says People’s Action for Employment Guarantee.
In Gujarat’s Chhota Udaipur, MNREGA has helped villagers increase their earnings, improved connectivity in the area and led to higher farm yields.
While most policy discourse tends to argue for an increase in healthcare spending to improve overall services, little attention is paid to the quality of healthcare facilities.
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The rural development ministry unofficially informed states that no more funds will be released and existing funds will have to be used pragmatically.
Civil society bodies say the state has exaggerated data on the scheme, which suffers from large-scale delays in wage payments.
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Centre and state governments have not followed through on providing food grains, mid-day meals, loans or MGNREGA payments.
Drought-hit villagers in Bundelkhand are not receiving the kind of employment and rations they desperately need.
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“We hope that the honourable Supreme Court’s MGNREGA order will be duly obeyed and will result in immediate and appropriate action,” the activists said.
The Supreme Court’s order on compensation to silicosis victims is a relief to workers and their families who have had a long wait for justice.
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A safety net for rural areas, MGNREGA guarantees 100 days of paid, unskilled manual work every year to every rural household.
“We wish to convey our deep collective anxiety about the enormous suffering of the rural poor in large parts of India’s countryside as they are battling drought, often for the second or even third consecutive year,” the letter said.
A guarantee for employment presupposes that the money to be paid for the work provided is also guaranteed.
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