50% of MGNREGA beneficiaries 'pay bribes' for payment: Study

A study by an autonomous research institute under the Ministry of Finance has claimed that "50 percent" of the MGNREGA beneficiaries "pay bribes" for payment of their wages.

Mamata asks Centre to route NREGA money through post offices

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday urged the Centre to route NREGA funds through post offices in places where there are no banks.

PM Narendra Modi pushes for fast-tracking of irrigation scheme

With an aim of benefiting farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked central departments and ministries to fast-track implementation of the rural irrigation scheme through a multi-pronged approach, including integrating it with NREGA.

NDA govt move to tweak NREGA reflects 'political vendetta': Congress

Congress on Friday charged that the NDA government was driven by "political vendetta" in devising changes to the labour to materials ratio for the rural job scheme and going for the de-control of the prices of life-saving drugs.

NREGA spiked rural wages only 10%, rest is from MSPs: Rajan

Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan has dismissed the notion that the rural employment guarantee programme is behind the massive spurt in wages in rural areas.

Asset creation under MNREGA: Easier said than done!

Regarded as assistance doled by the Centre with hardly any connection with asset creation or livelihood generation, many thought that the Modi government would scrap the flagship programme.

Ashok Gehlot hits out at Vasundhara Raje over NREGA

Former Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot today hit out at his successor Vasundhara Raje over the suggestion to change National Rural Employment Guarantee Act into a scheme.

Jairam Ramesh writes to Akhilesh Yadav on NREGA funds

Union Minister Jairam Ramesh has shot off another letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav seeking early implementation of the Allahabad High Court order on CBI inquiry into misappropriation of funds under the NREGA.

Want flexibility in NREGA, objectives not met in states: Ramesh

Jairam Ramesh strongly pitched for bringing flexibility in UPA`s flagship NREGA, saying it has not achieved all the three objectives.

Govt keen on full implementation of MGNREGA: Minister

Puducherry government is keen on ensuring full and absolute implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, welfare minister P Rajavelu said Monday.

NREGA not a permanent job providing solution: Jairam Ramesh

The National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme is a not a permanent solution for providing jobs in rural parts of the country, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said here.

Government to create awareness about MGNREGS

The government is planning to launch an awareness programme to highlight various aspects of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), an official said here Sunday.

MNREGS has benefited women, unskilled labourers the most

MNREGS, the UPA government's flagship rural employment guarantee scheme, has benefited women and unskilled labourers the most, an official said Tuesday.

Congress accuses state government of misusing NREGA

Bengal state Congress chief Pradip Bhattacharya today said he will write to union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh apprising about the "misuse of NREGA funds in the state".

Mamata Banerjee opposes cash transfer scheme

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday strongly opposed Centre`s cash transfer scheme, saying the poor will not get the money as there is no mechanism to implement it.

Rahul signals cash scheme could be Cong trump card in 2014: Ramesh

Jairam Ramesh also quoted Rahul Gandhi as saying that "your money in your hand is an effective instrument of Congress and the government to fight against corruption."

AIUDF for CBI inquiry into job card anomalies

AIUDF has demanded a CBI inquiry into the alleged anomalies and irregularities in job cards in NREGA in Assam`s Cachar district.

EGoM to consider raising MNREGA work days to 150

Against the backdrop of drought in various parts of the country, a proposal to raise the number of assured employment days under MNREGA from 100 to 150 will be considered by an Empowered Group of Ministers next week with an aim of benefitting the farm labour.

Poor rain: Govt to converge MNREGA & other schemes

The government on Monday said it will converge the MNREGA and other schemes to meet the challenges of drought-like situation in several states and enhance imports of commodities in short-supply to control price rise.

Bengal to introduce biometric cards for NREGA

WB govt will introduce biometric job cards to the NREGA beneficiaries to
facilitate early payment for jobs done by them.