Tuesday, 18 January, 2022


Raise minimum EPS pension to Rs 5,000, start urban MGNREGA: RSS-affiliate BMS’ Budget demands

In pre-budget meet with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, BMS calls for income tax exemption for senior citizens, constant interest rates for FD schemes.

Controversial order to split MNREGA payments on caste lines withdrawn after states object

Social justice ministry noted that its field report indicated a deepening of caste division within village communities over segregation of workers into SCs, STs and others.

Modi govt to rethink caste-based payment of wages under MGNREGA, says aware of problems

Rural ministry statement comes week after a report in ThePrint highlighted problems being created by caste-based salary disbursal under MGNREGA among workers in Karnataka.

Why Modi govt’s caste-based payment of MGNREGA wages is causing trouble in Karnataka

Central govt's erratic disbursal of funds to three MGNREGA accounts in Karnataka is ‘causing disaffection’ among workers. State govt seeks return to old system of one account.

‘Inordinate delay’ in release of funds for MGNREGA workers discouraging — Parliamentary panel

Standing Panel on Rural Development says the department should ensure the funds reach on time. The department stated 98.7% of fund transfer orders are generated within 15 days.

India must get rid of wasteful spending, have credible divestment plan, says Gita Gopinath

IMF’s chief economist says India should continue providing support in cash and kind, allocate more to MGNREGA to reduce inequality and poverty post pandemic.

Why Budget 2021 allocation for MGNREGA, migrant workers’ cushion during lockdown, is key

MGNREGA had a budgetary allocation of Rs 61,500 crore in the current fiscal, but received an additional Rs 40,000 crore due to the distress caused by the pandemic.

Urban MGNREGA is a short-sighted idea, Modi govt has shown good sense to drop it

Scope for manual earth work like digging of canals is limited in cities. An urban MGNREGA might not provide employment and create assets as it’s expected to.

Why MNREGA wages are so low

Currently, the MNREGA wage rates of at least 17 of the 21 major states are even lower than the state minimum wage for agriculture.

CAG highlights failure of PDP-BJP govt in J&K in implementation of MGNREGA in 2016-17

In its report, the CAG said delays in submission of labour budgets led to the late release of funds by the Centre and delayed payment of wages.

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Reliance buys robotics startup Addverb for Rs 1,000 crore to fuel tech ambitions

Mukesh Ambani, Asia’s richest person, is investing in technology as competition from rivals such as Amazon intensifies in India’s booming e-commerce market.


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Why was number of women cadets for NDA fixed at 19 in 2022, same as 2021, SC asks Centre

UPSC notification issued December 2021 says first phase of NDA exam for 2022 scheduled in April. Notification declares 19 women candidates will be chosen out of 400 successful ones.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.