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  • Coronavirus impact | Nearly 40% more households sought work under MGNREGA this year Sep 16, 2020 02:44 PM IST

    Coronavirus impact | Nearly 40% more households sought work under MGNREGA this year

    Demand for work rose by 38.79 percent as 22.49 crore people sought work under MGNREGA this year until September 12

  • Monthly household income under MGNREGA at Rs 1,400 for FY21 so far: Report Sep 15, 2020 11:25 AM IST

    Monthly household income under MGNREGA at Rs 1,400 for FY21 so far: Report

    The average wage rate per day for each person is Rs 198.78, making it Rs 1,368.40 per month. This was Rs 182.49 (wage per day, per person) in FY20

  • DAILY VOICE | If US equities fall due to elections, Indian market may correct 5-7%: BNP Paribas' Amit Shah Sep 14, 2020 08:04 AM IST

    DAILY VOICE | If US equities fall due to elections, Indian market may correct 5-7%: BNP Paribas' Amit Shah

    We do expect another stimulus to come through, and this one should be more from the fiscal perspective, although the timing and the quantum both remain unpredictable.

  • Govt weighs extension of MGNREGA to cover workers in cities: Report Sep 02, 2020 04:32 PM IST

    Govt weighs extension of MGNREGA to cover workers in cities: Report

    The plan being considered involves an initial rollout of the scheme in smaller cities and towns that is expected to cost around Rs 35,000 crore

  • MGNREGA monthly wages double to Rs 1,000 per person amid pandemic: Report Aug 25, 2020 07:55 PM IST

    MGNREGA monthly wages double to Rs 1,000 per person amid pandemic: Report

    The April-July period typically sees around 25 percent more work execution in terms of person-days under the scheme compared to the rest of the year, thereby aiding rural income.

  • Farm sector holds promise amid coronavirus gloom Jun 29, 2020 08:54 AM IST

    Farm sector holds promise amid coronavirus gloom

    Contrary to manufacturing and services, the prospects for the agricultural sector are now looking distinctly bright

  • Increase employment limit under MGNREGA from 100 to 200 days: Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot to PM Modi Jun 20, 2020 08:15 PM IST

    Increase employment limit under MGNREGA from 100 to 200 days: Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot to PM Modi

    He said the Centre has started the 'Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyan' to provide employment at the local level to migrant labourers who have returned home during the coronavirus-triggered lockdown. Rajasthan also has a large number of migrant labourers returned home during the lockdown, Gehlot said.

  • Railways planning to increase MGNREGA use for migrant workers Jun 11, 2020 06:30 PM IST

    Railways planning to increase MGNREGA use for migrant workers

    The Railways has asked Zones to prepare a list of labourers against the kind of work they can be involved in.

  • Nitish Kumar for promoting clusters of agro products especially Makhana May 18, 2020 10:18 PM IST

    Nitish Kumar for promoting clusters of agro products especially Makhana

    The chief minister directed officials to pay attention to post harvest management besides ensuring availability of market for the agro products, an official release said.

  • Highest-ever allocation of over Rs 1 lakh crore to MGNREGA, to boost employment in villages: Tomar May 18, 2020 07:40 AM IST

    Highest-ever allocation of over Rs 1 lakh crore to MGNREGA, to boost employment in villages: Tomar

    Highest-ever allocation of more than Rs 1 lakh crore has been made to MGNREGA, which will boost employment opportunities in villages and bring relief to migrant labourers

  • Once called 'living monument of failure', MGNREGA has seen increased budget allocations since inception May 17, 2020 03:34 PM IST

    Once called 'living monument of failure', MGNREGA has seen increased budget allocations since inception

    MGNREGA guarantees a minimum 100 days of employment to every willing household, within 15 days of making such a requisition. A failure to provide employment within 15 days from the date of requisition has to be compensated.

  • Centre sanctioned Rs 33,000 crore under MGNREGA: Narendra Singh Tomar Apr 30, 2020 07:05 AM IST

    Centre sanctioned Rs 33,000 crore under MGNREGA: Narendra Singh Tomar

    Interacting with rural development ministers from various states via video conferencing, Tomar said their focus should be on water conservation, groundwater recharge and irrigation works.

  • Rural India needs more than just easing of Covid-19 curbs Apr 17, 2020 09:58 AM IST

    Rural India needs more than just easing of Covid-19 curbs

    Ground rules have to be set and monitored carefully to ensure that April 20 guidelines do not simply remain on paper

  • MGNREGA works will resume in non-containment zones in efficient manner: Narendra Singh Tomar Apr 16, 2020 10:40 PM IST

    MGNREGA works will resume in non-containment zones in efficient manner: Narendra Singh Tomar

    The Mahatma Gandhi Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) guarantees 100 days of wage employment to every household in rural areas in a financial year, whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work.

  • Economic package | A beginning has been made. More needs to be done. Mar 26, 2020 04:35 PM IST

    Economic package | A beginning has been made. More needs to be done.

    Putting money into the hands of the people would have been simpler, quicker and more effective

  • Centre hikes wages under MGNREGA, labourers to earn Rs 13-34 more across India Mar 26, 2020 11:56 AM IST

    Centre hikes wages under MGNREGA, labourers to earn Rs 13-34 more across India

    The average hike for FY21 compared to FY20 will by Rs 20 to Rs 201 per day

  • Budget 2020: MGNREGA budget dips to Rs 61,500 crore in FY 2020-21 Feb 01, 2020 05:41 PM IST

    Budget 2020: MGNREGA budget dips to Rs 61,500 crore in FY 2020-21

    The higher allocation for MGNREGA comes in the wake of lower consumption and investment in the rural sector. The rural job scheme helps in creation of more liquidity on the rural front in the form of employment generation, which leads to more rural consumption and improved market conditions for competitors.

  • The farm income problem needs a multi-pronged solution Nov 06, 2019 09:27 AM IST

    The farm income problem needs a multi-pronged solution

    The rural economy has been in the dumps for years. A recent rise in food prices may be of some help but that's not sufficient.

  • India versus Bharat: the divide in working conditions Jun 13, 2019 08:11 AM IST

    India versus Bharat: the divide in working conditions

    The divergence can only be bridged by getting underemployed workers out of stagnant agriculture and into the higher productivity formal sector

  • Devendra Fadnavis okays 28 new works under MGNREGA in drought-hit areas May 11, 2019 07:45 PM IST

    Devendra Fadnavis okays 28 new works under MGNREGA in drought-hit areas

    "A total of 28 types of various works, including those concerning water conservation, soil conservation, construction of school compounds under the MGNREGA in the state were given approval," a statement issued said.

  • Redistribution Economics | It will be tough to boost welfare spending without compromising on fiscal targets Apr 19, 2019 12:05 PM IST

    Redistribution Economics | It will be tough to boost welfare spending without compromising on fiscal targets

    The intent and policy drift are crystal-clear now. The key question then is how can India make room for large entitlement-based transfers?

  • Policy | New govt should focus on administrative and judicial reforms Apr 19, 2019 09:54 AM IST

    Policy | New govt should focus on administrative and judicial reforms

    India needs to create an ecosystem of continuous change. What India chooses now on the reforms and execution front will determine if it moves up on the potential growth curve, or if it goes back into the all too familiar cyclical roller coaster.

  • Opinion | The economics of cash transfers Apr 16, 2019 02:28 PM IST

    Opinion | The economics of cash transfers

    The problem is that India has failed to create adequate jobs, which puts the onus on the government to support the poor.

  • Congress slams Modi govt over 'measly' wage hike under MGNREGA Mar 29, 2019 02:57 PM IST

    Congress slams Modi govt over 'measly' wage hike under MGNREGA

    Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi, at a press conference, said PM Modi and his ministers are "mocking" the Congress' NYAY (minimum income guarantee) scheme but have "quietly squeezed" the funds meant for wages under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.

  • Government seeks EC approval to revise wage rates paid under MGNREGA Mar 26, 2019 04:44 PM IST

    Government seeks EC approval to revise wage rates paid under MGNREGA

    MGNREGA, a rural job guarantee scheme introduced in 2005, now covers all the rural districts of the country.

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