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Jan Soochna Portal Launched in Rajasthan

The government of Rajasthan has launched the Jan Soochna Portal to enhance transparency and accountability and empower the right of the people to seek information. The portal is developed under the RAJasthan Innovation Vision (RAJIV). Jan Soochna Portal The portal creates a streamlined system for public information to prevent anomalies and corruption. The portal provides ..

Election Commission revises MGNREGA wage rates

Election Commission has approved to revise the wages under the MGNREGA ( Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) scheme under the request of Rural Development Ministry from 1st April. The new wages has been notified which will be linked with the Consumer Price Index for agricultural labourers. The increase could be up to 5 ..

Bihar to get Rs 560 cr credit from the World Bank for project Jeevika

The Central Govt and the Bihar Government inked pact with the World Bank for $ 100 million additional credit to intensify the ongoing Bihar Rural Livelihoods Project, Jeevika. Objective of Project Jeevika: The Project is targeted at enhancing the social and economic status of the rural poor in Bihar. The supplementary financing will help strengthen ..

Govt to revisit Watershed management guidelines

The guidelines provided for Integrated Watershed Management Programme to be revised as State Governments found the current guidelines rigid and inflexible to their requirement. The States have demanded that the cost of Rs 15,000 per hectare allocated for Naxal affected areas to implement watershed management programme should also be extended to areas with special problems. ..

30 new activities brought under NREGS

The government has amended Schedule-I and Schedule-II of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee (MGNREG) Act, 2005. There is now an expansion of the scope of activities permitted under the MNREGS by including 30 new activities. These will supplement agricultural and animal husbandry operations along with flood management and sanitation-related works in rural India. ..

A 1.7% decrease in the Unemployment rate of India

India’s Unemployment rate fell by 1.7% in 5 years. The point of notice is that this  occurred in spite of global slowdown. The Unemployment Rate in India was 8.3% in 2004-05 and it went down to 6.6% in 2009-10. The Labour and Employment Minister Mallikarjun Kharge attributed the achievement to the employment measures including MNREGA ..

News Today: February 2, 2012

122 2-G licenses cancelled by SC The Supreme Court cancels 122 2-G licenses allocated to telecom companies in 2008. The court mandated that the licenses were granted in arbitrary and unconstitutional manner. The Supreme Court asks the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India to make fresh recommendation on the grant of these licenses. The companies which ..

Problems with MGNREGA Scheme

Problems with MGNREGA and recasting of the scheme Discuss the problems of the MNREGA Scheme. Do you think that this is a truly Demand Based Programme? Why this scheme needs an overhaul? Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) came into existence by a legislation by Parliament of India in 2005. It provides legal ..