Notifications for the MGNREGA and EPS programmes show the effect of new UIDAI regulations and how mandatory requirements are carefully couched so as to not openly violate the Supreme Court’s order.
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The Centre’s off-record instructions through WhatsApp and a squeeze on funds made the rural work programme crash after a roaring first half of the year.
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.
Economist and professor at the University of California, Berkeley Pranab Bardhan spoke to The Wire about global discontent amongst the working class, the Modi government’s policies, the need for employment generation, the controversy around Raghuram Rajan and more.
Renown economist JosephStiglitz specifically called out the government’s crackdown on NGOs as well as their reaction to the February 9 incident at JNU.
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.
As a society, we should be ashamed that year after year, farmers beg for a decent livelihood and are forced to take their lives.
“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.
The Modi government’s ideal for India is built at the cost of our collective conscience, furthering oppressing the already marginalised.
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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Arun Jaitley’s budget gives a lot of attention to rural employement schemes and the Aadhar card, both key initiatives of the UPA