Top Opposition leaders including Sonia Gandhi today lashed out at the Narendra Modi government for "doing nothing other than 'show-baazi'" by slashing allocations to all major social security schemes like MGNREGA.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.