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  • Anti-poverty schemes: States to be ranked

    Anti-poverty schemes: States to be ranked

    During last assessment year Uttar Pradesh was the top performer.

    September 11, 2018
  • A painful signal

    A painful signal

    Social sector benefits, notably rice at Rs 2 a kg and 100 days of work under the Mahatma Gandhi NREGS, have scarcely been able to address the grinding privation in the Junglemahal belt that straddles West Bengal’s Purulia, Bankura, West Midnapore and the newly-created Jhargram districts. Whether or not this failure on the food front …

    August 18, 2018
  • Doddering welfare

    Doddering welfare

    In the midst of the frequent bouts of political turmoil, Bihar has floundered in its implementation of the flagship scheme of rural development. More accurately, its performance has been the worst among the states. Of course, rampant corruption ~ chronically a part of the state’s furniture ~ and woeful lack of initiative could well be …

    November 20, 2017
  • Season of despair

    Season of despair

    It is a measure of the economic slide that plagues rural India that there has been a remarkable surge in the demand for jobs under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. Apart from the general slowdown after the trumpeting of GDP growth ~ inflation has ballooned to a five-month high ~ the shrill …

    September 14, 2017
  • Denuded welfare

    Denuded welfare

    Just when the so-called “remonetisation”, eventually a measure of forward movement since November 8, was expected to put the rural economy back on the rails, the bedrock of development has been severely jolted on the bread-and-butter issue of wages. Not to put too fine a point on it, the increase in the Mahatma Gandhi NREGS …

    March 10, 2017