670 million in rural areas in India live on Rs 33 per day

 Seventy-five percent of rural households in India have a monthly income of less than Rs.5,000 ($79), 51 percent of households make a living from manual labour, 28 percent (over 50 million) of households do not have mobile phones or any form of communication.

In most of rural India, Rs 5000 is the highest wage, says Socio-Economic and Caste Census
In most of rural India, Rs 5000 is the highest wage, says Socio-Economic and Caste Census

The highest earning member in about three-fourths of all rural households in the country made less than Rs 5,000 per month, according to the Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) 2011 released on Friday.

Centre delaying money release under MGNREGA schemes: Minister

 The Centre is delaying release of money for work done under projects under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act in West Bengal in order to harm them, state Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee today alleged.

Mamata lauds govt's achievement in MGNREGA, sanitation

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday lauded the performance of her Panchayat and Rural Development Department which topped the list of states in spending on MGNREGA project and took the lead in sanitation campaign.

Congress to move EC over Amit Shah as chief guest at Yoga Day function

Congress on Tuesday said it will approach the Election Commission to raise the issue of BJP chief Amit Shah being made the chief guest at an "official function" on International Yoga Day, claiming that it "violated" the model code of conduct in view of the Legislative Council polls.

Deficient rains: Govt to increase employment under MGNREGA

With the monsoon predicted to be deficient this year, the Central government on Friday said it is preparing plans for the states that would be the worst-hit as it announced that the number of days for MNREGA work in such states would be raised from 100 to 150.

Perspective plans of 8 states for 'National Mission for a Green India' approved

The executive council of National Mission for a Green India today approved perspective plans and annual plan of operations of eight states for carrying out activities under the mission, which aims afforestation at 10 million hectares of land over the next decade.

Opposition seeks timely release of MGNREGA funds

Opposition's demand for early release of MGNREGA funds to states and the government's response that these were being given on time led to heated exchanges between the ruling and opposition benches in Lok Sabha and a brief adjournment of its proceedings on Thursday.

Green India Mission converged with MGNREGA to reclaim forest
Green India Mission converged with MGNREGA to reclaim forest

The government has merged National Mission for a Green India, which aims afforestation at 10 million hectares of land over the next decade, with MGNREGA to increase and improve the country's forest cover.

Rs 149.48 billion tax-free budget in Tripura

Tripura Finance Minister Bhanulal Saha on Wednesday presented a Rs 149.48 billion tax-free budget for the 2015-16 fiscal with a deficit of Rs 1.89 billion.

Burdwan emerges top in providing 100-days' work under MGNREGA

 The Union Rural Development Ministry has informed the district administration of Burdwan that it has emerged numero uno in the country in providing 100-days' work under the MGNREGA.

MGNREGA schemes bring coal thieves into mainstream

To bring people engaged in illegal extraction of coal from abandoned coal pits into mainstream, the district authorities have launched a number of schemes under the MGNREGA in Burdwan district.

Sports facilities would be available in every block: Sarbananda Sonowal
Sports facilities would be available in every block: Sarbananda Sonowal

The Union Sports Ministry is implementing a number of important schemes for promotion of sports in the country by developing rural and urban sports infrastructure, competition events and financial assistance for youth development activities.

Kerala demands freedom for fixing schedules under MGNREGA

 Congress-led UDF government in Kerala on Thursday urged the Centre to give freedom to states to make changes in the schemes and schedules under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in accordance with state-specific circumstances and requirements.

Nitish Kumar slams Centre over "discriminating" against Bihar

Lashing out at the Centre for allegedly report allegedly discriminating against Bihar by slashing funds under various Central schemes, senior JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said he will hit the streets from January 15 next to galvanise party workers as part of the preparations for next year's Assembly elections in the state.

Bihar alleges 20% cut in fund under MGNREGA

Accusing the NDA government in the Centre of "discriminating" with Bihar, the state government on Saturday alleged there has been about 20 per cent cut in release of fund under MGNREGA to it in the current year.

No dilution in rural job guarantee scheme MGNREGA: Govt

 Government on Friday insisted in Lok Sabha that it was committed to MGNREGA but noted that there are certain aspects, including the need of enhancing asset quality, which require "revisit of the scheme".

Budgetary allocation for MGNREGA inadequate: Parl panel to govt

 Budgetary allocation for MGNREGA is not sufficient for effective implementation of the rural job scheme this year, a Parliamentary Panel has viewed and asked the Rural Development Ministry to seek higher allocation from Finance Ministry.

Concern voiced in LS over non-payment of MGNREGA wages

A Congress member on Wednesday complained that non-payment of MGNREGA wages since May has acutely increased migration of rural poor to urban areas and wanted government to immediately intervene to arrest the trend.

MPs accuse govt of trying to 'dismantle' MGNREGA

Members in Lok Sabha Monday took the government to task for trying to "dismantle" the national rural employment guarantee scheme and not doing enough to address the problems of farmers in drought and flood hit parts of the country.