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By various estimates, close to 90% of the workforce in India is employed in the unorganised sector and this has been severely impacted(AP)

Where the Indian economic story went wrong

By Arvind Mayaram
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 04:21 PM IST
The ongoing economic recovery is being driven by a small section of the economy, and led by profits rather than wages. We can hope, on a wing and a prayer, that the government will finally act.
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The MGNREGS and PDS proved to be lifelines as central and state governments were able to mobilise the administrative machinery and expand the welfare net, at relative speed(Shutterstock)
The MGNREGS and PDS proved to be lifelines as central and state governments were able to mobilise the administrative machinery and expand the welfare net, at relative speed(Shutterstock)

Creating an inclusive welfare architecture

By Yamini Aiyar
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 08:26 PM IST
Cover all of India’s poor; and merge welfare programmes under one umbrella scheme
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Anant Beria and his father Baisakhu Beria were busy digging a canal under the rural jobs guarantee scheme in Odisha.(HT Photo)
Anant Beria and his father Baisakhu Beria were busy digging a canal under the rural jobs guarantee scheme in Odisha.(HT Photo)

Odisha engineer worked as MGNREGS worker after losing job, rescued

By Debabrata Mohanty | Posted by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 03:15 PM IST
Anant Beria, a qualified civil engineer, comes from a very poor family in Odisha and was forced to work as a labourer after losing his job in Chennai.
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Migrant workers, who had left during the Covid-19 lockdown to their home state of Uttar Pradesh, returning to Ahmedabad.(File Photo)
Migrant workers, who had left during the Covid-19 lockdown to their home state of Uttar Pradesh, returning to Ahmedabad.(File Photo)

Unused rural funds hint migrants may be back at work in cities

By Saubhadra Chatterji | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2020 03:38 AM IST
As millions of migrant workers started returning home after the lockdown was enforced on March 25 amid a jobs crunch in the big cities, the government devised the Rozgar Abhiyan to provide jobs to skilled and unskilled workers.
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Civil defence personnel offer food to migrant workers heading home, Anand Vihar Bus Terminus, Delhi, March 28, 2020(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Civil defence personnel offer food to migrant workers heading home, Anand Vihar Bus Terminus, Delhi, March 28, 2020(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

How to reduce food, job insecurity in rural areas

By Binoy Acharya, Ved Arya, Pratyaya Jagnannath, and PS Vijayshankar
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2020 06:39 PM IST
Launch a massive programme to rehabilitate returnee migrants; allocate an additional Rs 50,000 crore for MGNREGS; extend the free ration scheme for six more months; revive and strengthen public systems of service deliver; RBI should give a directive to banks to extend a top-up loan of Rs 10,000 crore to Self-help Groups
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The devastation wreaked by Covid-19 has hurt people across India in numerous ways. While there has been much talk of safety net schemes and programmes for the rural poor, the same cannot be said for the urban poor.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
The devastation wreaked by Covid-19 has hurt people across India in numerous ways. While there has been much talk of safety net schemes and programmes for the rural poor, the same cannot be said for the urban poor.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

Design a safety net for poor urban women

PUBLISHED ON SEP 05, 2020 08:00 PM IST
Perhaps one way would be to first create a database and consider some form of cash incentive to at least tide them over at a time when the cost of food, medicines and other necessities has gone up.
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses an election campaign rally in Mahendergarh district of Haryana in this file photo. (PTI Photo)(PTI)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses an election campaign rally in Mahendergarh district of Haryana in this file photo. (PTI Photo)(PTI)

Rahul Gandhi suggests MGNREGA, NYAY to help poor, then shoots a question

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2020 09:58 AM IST
The Congress’ NYAY scheme promises poor households Rs 72,000 a year, no taxes will be raised and the middle class won’t have to bear the brunt of funding this scheme.
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Women will then be left to tend the family, and in many cases, the family’s agricultural fields. Here, a concerted effort should be made to give them better tools to deal with agriculture in the form of easy to access loans and technology.(HTPhoto)
Women will then be left to tend the family, and in many cases, the family’s agricultural fields. Here, a concerted effort should be made to give them better tools to deal with agriculture in the form of easy to access loans and technology.(HTPhoto)

Covid-19: A dip in women in the workforce is likely | Opinion

UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2020 06:18 PM IST
The central and state governments and the private sector must come up with innovative solutions to make women a real part of the next phase of the growth story.
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Members and allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community take part in Delhi's 12th Queer Pride March from Barakhamba Road to Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on November 24, 2019.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Members and allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community take part in Delhi's 12th Queer Pride March from Barakhamba Road to Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on November 24, 2019.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

New draft rules for transpersons act issued, 30 days for giving suggestions

By Dhamini Ratnam | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2020 02:06 AM IST
The draft offers a list of suggested welfare schemes that the government could consider in access to health, education, housing, welfare measures, and economic support for transpersons.
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The pandemic has exacerbated the crisis of employment(PTI)
The pandemic has exacerbated the crisis of employment(PTI)

Make jobs the centre of political discourse

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON JUL 02, 2020 08:05 PM IST
Welfare is good. But parties must compete on who creates more jobs
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The UPA government conceptualised MGNREGS, Aadhaar, and DBT(ARVIND YADAV/HT)
The UPA government conceptualised MGNREGS, Aadhaar, and DBT(ARVIND YADAV/HT)

The NDA’s false parenthood claim, writes Abhishek Manu Singhvi

By Abhishek Manu Singhvi
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2020 10:39 PM IST
The BJP dismissed MGNREGS. If it wants to claim it, it should expand its scope and pay dues
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Migrants returning from Rajasthan, Patna, Bihar, May 9, 2020(Santosh Kumar)
Migrants returning from Rajasthan, Patna, Bihar, May 9, 2020(Santosh Kumar)

A post-Covid-19 social protection architecture for India

By Karthik Muralidharan
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2020 12:39 PM IST
Stronger social protection led by an inclusive growth dividend will protect the vulnerable and drive India’s economic recovery
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The Centre has done well to hike the allocation of MGNREGS by Rs 40,000 crore, taking the total allocation under the scheme to Rs 1,01,500 crore(ANI)
The Centre has done well to hike the allocation of MGNREGS by Rs 40,000 crore, taking the total allocation under the scheme to Rs 1,01,500 crore(ANI)

The importance of the MGNREGS

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2020 06:38 PM IST
There is an increase in demand. Consider expanding it for agricultural activities
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Even though the PM clearly specified that the approach is to be self-reliant by actively participating and leading the global value chains without being self-centred or inward-looking, the Opposition resorted to scaremongering about MNCs being shown the door when the exact opposite is being attempted by the government.(PTI)
Even though the PM clearly specified that the approach is to be self-reliant by actively participating and leading the global value chains without being self-centred or inward-looking, the Opposition resorted to scaremongering about MNCs being shown the door when the exact opposite is being attempted by the government.(PTI)

Why the stimulus will boost the Indian economy, writes Hardeep Puri

By Hardeep Puri
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2020 08:15 PM IST
Even as the government has proactively dealt with the crisis, the Opposition has engaged in baseless criticism
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Stranded migrant workers queue to collect health certificates, Pune, May 6, 2020(Ravindra Joshi/HTPhoto)
Stranded migrant workers queue to collect health certificates, Pune, May 6, 2020(Ravindra Joshi/HTPhoto)

Indian states are short of money. They need help | Opinion

By Avani Kapur and Udit Ranjan
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2020 06:48 PM IST
Changes of the past six years had put their finances in a precarious position. The current measures aren’t enough
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The decline in consumption demand, especially in rural India, is a matter of pressing concern. But the budget may have made the problem worse with cuts in allocation. Instead, it should have streamlined public finance management systems and re-prioritised expenditure(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The decline in consumption demand, especially in rural India, is a matter of pressing concern. But the budget may have made the problem worse with cuts in allocation. Instead, it should have streamlined public finance management systems and re-prioritised expenditure(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

The budget does not address the crisis of demand | Opinion

By Yamini Aiyar
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2020 10:24 PM IST
The FM made a good faith attempt to present her vision. But the budget lacked a diagnosis of what is wrong, a prescription to address it, and made baffling choices
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Unless the rural economy is rejuvenated, any sustained revival in mass incomes, and, therefore, demand, will continue to elude the Indian economy(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
Unless the rural economy is rejuvenated, any sustained revival in mass incomes, and, therefore, demand, will continue to elude the Indian economy(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

Budget: A four-point checklist for rural India

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2020 07:37 PM IST
Reviving rural economy is key. Here is what the government can do
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A labourer carts sugarcane to Bhausaheb Thorat cooperative sugar factory in Sangamner taluka of Ahmednagar district.(Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/Hindustan Times)
A labourer carts sugarcane to Bhausaheb Thorat cooperative sugar factory in Sangamner taluka of Ahmednagar district.(Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/Hindustan Times)

Ministry seeks to pump in Rs 20K crore into rural economy

By Saubhadra Chatterji | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2019 05:51 AM IST
The rural development ministry has sought an unprecedented Rs 20,000 crore to fund additional expense as the government prepares its first supplementary demand for grants, to be approved by Parliament in the upcoming winter session.
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Villagers see the water flow in canal in Hisar.(HT Photo)
Villagers see the water flow in canal in Hisar.(HT Photo)

Five villages in Hisar get water in canal after 37 years

By Bhaskar Mukherjee | Hindustan Times, Hisar, Hisar
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2019 07:09 PM IST
The 7.5km minor canal was constructed during Bansi Lal’s government in 1977 and continued to receive water till 1982.
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A sapling being planted as per the Japanese concept of Miyawaki afforestation at Khokar Kalan village in Mansa, Punjab.(Sanjeev Kumar / HT Photo)
A sapling being planted as per the Japanese concept of Miyawaki afforestation at Khokar Kalan village in Mansa, Punjab.(Sanjeev Kumar / HT Photo)

Punjab NGO adopts Japanese afforestation technique

By Vishal Joshi | Hindustan Times, Mansa, Mansa
PUBLISHED ON JUL 26, 2019 12:13 PM IST
As a knowledge-sharing partner of the state government, Eco-Sikh has started work on 20 sites for dense plantation of native species of trees and shrubs.
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The Survey added: “Second, verifying the identity of genuine beneficiaries and transferring wages directly into their bank accounts posed problems.”(HT Photo)
The Survey added: “Second, verifying the identity of genuine beneficiaries and transferring wages directly into their bank accounts posed problems.”(HT Photo)

Digital infra, Aadhaar, cellphones can expand outreach of schemes

By Saubhadra Chatterji | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2020 11:08 AM IST
As the government shifted gears in welfare measures and flagship programmes such as MGNREGS, Ujjwala (free cooking gas connections) and the PM Awas Yojna (housing scheme), it relied heavily on technology to identify real beneficiaries and curb leakages.
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Government is reorienting its flagship rural employment guarantee scheme towards water conservation by reserving at least 75% of the 2.58 billion person days expected to be generated during 2019-20 to boost water storage and agricultural activities in the country.(HT Photo)
Government is reorienting its flagship rural employment guarantee scheme towards water conservation by reserving at least 75% of the 2.58 billion person days expected to be generated during 2019-20 to boost water storage and agricultural activities in the country.(HT Photo)

Government to set aside 75% NREGS work to conserve water

By Saubhadra Chatterji and Zia Haq | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2019 02:18 AM IST
The move comes even as large parts of India reel under the impact of a water shortage, and with drought looming large in some cases. The IMD said on Monday that at 33%, the month of June saw the biggest deficiency in rains since 2015. Data from the Central Water Commission on June 27 said of the 91 major reservoirs in the country, 62 reported 80% or below normal levels.
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The data also shows that there is little focus on anti-drought measures, including water conservation, revival of traditional water bodies, plantations and micro irrigation works, despite grim forecasts by meteorologists. (Photo by Satish Bate/ Hindustan Times)
The data also shows that there is little focus on anti-drought measures, including water conservation, revival of traditional water bodies, plantations and micro irrigation works, despite grim forecasts by meteorologists. (Photo by Satish Bate/ Hindustan Times)

Anti-drought projects under rural job scheme incomplete, abandoned

By Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2019 02:27 PM IST
Several districts in central, east and peninsular India are staring at extreme arid conditions after the India Meteorological Department last week predicted 22% deficiency in pre-monsoon showers between March and May.
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While the MGNREGS wage hike is higher for the north-eastern region, there is no wage revision for four states — Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and West Bengal — and two union territories.(PTI)
While the MGNREGS wage hike is higher for the north-eastern region, there is no wage revision for four states — Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and West Bengal — and two union territories.(PTI)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Congress slams government’s ‘small hike’ in MGNREGS wages

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 29, 2019 11:25 PM IST
The Election Commission on Thursday allowed the Bharatiya Janata Party-led central government to notify the new wages for the financial year 2019-20 on the condition that there would be no public announcement or press release for the same as the model code of conduct for the April-May Lok Sabha polls is in place.
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Given the mixed track record of MGNREGS’s ability to provide insurance to workers, there are many who question the rationale of scheme’s existence itself.(HT Photo)
Given the mixed track record of MGNREGS’s ability to provide insurance to workers, there are many who question the rationale of scheme’s existence itself.(HT Photo)

The promise of rural job scheme

By Shrayana Bhattacharya, Clement Imbert and Rinku Murgai | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2019 12:28 PM IST
Most studies also show that participation in the scheme favours poor households, and helps alleviate poverty and distress during crises.
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The focus on corruption has served to deeply centralise the welfare bureaucracy at the cost of building a local government system that is genuinely responsive to citizen needs.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
The focus on corruption has served to deeply centralise the welfare bureaucracy at the cost of building a local government system that is genuinely responsive to citizen needs.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

The welfare debate must go beyond corruption

By Yamini Aiyar
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2019 11:02 AM IST
The most damaging consequence of the focus on corruption is that it has legitimised the view that the only way to fix India’s broken welfare system is by curbing discretion and tightening scrutiny
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A farmer carrying his plow on his shoulder after ending up with the day on cloudy evening at his fields in a village near in Ludhiana. Image for representation.(Gurpreet Singh/HT File Photo)
A farmer carrying his plow on his shoulder after ending up with the day on cloudy evening at his fields in a village near in Ludhiana. Image for representation.(Gurpreet Singh/HT File Photo)

IT to be backbone of government’s cash scheme for farmers

By Zia Haq | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 13, 2019 07:33 AM IST
The Narendra Modi government’s PM-KISAN scheme, which will enable cash transfers to small and marginal farmers, will be headed by a chief executive officer (CEO) and the programme will run on a centralized software platform.
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While MGNREGS has seen an increase in the number of active workers to at least 110 million, the housing scheme has become one of the most popular among the poor with over 17 million houses set to be completed by March 2019.(HT File Photo)
While MGNREGS has seen an increase in the number of active workers to at least 110 million, the housing scheme has become one of the most popular among the poor with over 17 million houses set to be completed by March 2019.(HT File Photo)

More govt funds for rural housing and MGNREGS

By Saubhadra Chatterji | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 21, 2018 10:48 PM IST
The NDA government’s rural housing scheme and flagship rural job programme are set to get additional funds for the remaining four months of this financial year to allow coverage of more beneficiaries, senior government officials told HT.
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According the baseline survey, Barmer district has 4.5 lakh households and 3.86 lakh were without toilets.(HT FILE PHOTO)
According the baseline survey, Barmer district has 4.5 lakh households and 3.86 lakh were without toilets.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Rural job scheme norms hit Swachh Bharat drive

By Mukesh Mathrani | Hindustan Times, Barmer
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2018 09:56 PM IST
In February 2017, the Centre had directed officials to ensure construction of toilets in the households, not listed in the baseline survey, under MNREGS.
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