Wednesday, 6 July, 2022


Himachal’s BJP govt drafting law for ‘urban MGNREGA’ before polls, will offer aid to jobless too

The BJP is working to address the post-Covid unemployment crisis in the state that could mar its prospects in the assembly elections scheduled for later this year.

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Controversial order to split MNREGA payments on caste lines withdrawn after states object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

On Camera


Mamata Banerjee holding a rally in Kolkata, kali

Bengal has many Kalis, but TMC can’t accommodate them anymore. UP, Haryana is in the way

Moitra, TMC leadership need to have a conversation. And send everyone else a memo: Protecting Bengali identity is not the party’s only line anymore.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.


Air Commodore Sanjay Sharma pose with daughter Flying Officer Ananya Sharma in front of the fighter aircraft | Twitter/@DefencePRO_Guj

In a first in IAF, father-daughter fly in same fighter formation as fellow wingmen

Daughter of Air Commodore Sanjay Sharma, Flying Officer Ananya Sharma is currently undergoing training to master ‘superior and faster’ jets.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.