Maharashtra pattern 'Jal Kranti' can change farmers' fate, fast-track highways network: Nitin Gadkari

'Jal Kranti', a brainchild of the Road Transport, Highways, and MSME Minister Gadkari, entails excavation or dredging of ponds in drought-prone areas to ensure rainwater harvesting and recharge of groundwater. 

Aug 21, 2020, 02:02 AM IST

People don't need loan, they need money: Rahul Gandhi urges Centre to rethink Rs 20 lakh crore package

He said migrant workers who are walking home with an empty stomach, the farmers, small businessmen and other such people don't need loans but money.

May 16, 2020, 14:17 PM IST

Going by precedent, EC likely to clear revised MNREGA wage rates

The Rural Development ministry had approached the EC for approval as the model code is in force. The sources said that going by precedents and instructions issued in the past, the request is likely to be granted.

Mar 27, 2019, 10:59 AM IST

Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh launches 'Tiffin Yojana' for poor labourers

The state government launched "MNREGA Mazdoor Tiffin Yogana" to distribute tiffin boxes to over 10 lakh labourers in the city. 

Aug 11, 2018, 09:38 AM IST

Rahul Gandhi vows to give voice to unorganised sector, political participation in state, national legislatures

Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that right from the struggle for Independence led by Mahatma Gandhi, the Congress had always fought for the rights of unorganised workers.

Mar 29, 2018, 23:58 PM IST

Fiscal deficit slippage is due to shortfall of GST revenue of 1 month, says Arun Jaitley

FM Jaitley said that direct tax collections are up 19.3% in April-Jan period as a result of the campaign against black money, GST.

Feb 09, 2018, 21:59 PM IST

If selling 'pakodas' is a job, so is begging: Chidambaram's dig at Narendra Modi govt over job creation

Congress veteran P Chidambaram had rejected Narendra Modi government's tall claims on job creation through a series of tweets on Sunday.

Jan 28, 2018, 18:25 PM IST

Centre throttling MNREGA by not allocating sufficient funds: Prashant Bhushan

The study report, shared with the media in a press conference on Friday, contradicted the Centre's claims that 85 per cent of MNREGA wages were paid in time, saying the figure stood at 32 per cent.

Dec 01, 2017, 20:59 PM IST

PMJDY initiated financial inclusion, unleased JAM revolution: Arun Jaitley

JAM, a term coined, and a vision conceptualised, by our Chief Economic Advisor, is nothing short of a social revolution, because it has brought together financial inclusion (PMJDY), biometric identification (Aadhar) and mobile telecommunications. 

Aug 27, 2017, 14:23 PM IST

What Human Migration within India tells us

Rural India can truly unlock the country’s potential if the correct policy frameworks and will to execute such programs give it the right push and direction.

Mar 27, 2017, 17:48 PM IST

Liquor ban in Bihar is not successful: Union Minister Ram Kripal Yadav

Asserting that liquor ban in Bihar is not successful, Union Minister of State for Panchayat and Rural Development Ram Kripal Yadav today claimed that illegal sale of liquor has increased to a large scale in the state.

Mar 18, 2017, 00:06 AM IST

MNREGA facing fund crunch

Rural employment scheme MNREGA is facing shortage of funds despite the highest ever budgetary allocation to the programme this year, and the Rural Development Ministry is now seeking an additional Rs 10,000 crore for its smooth functioning.

Nov 01, 2016, 14:37 PM IST

Clear pending MNREGA payments at earliest: Centre to States

The Centre has asked states to clear pending MNREGA wage payments at the earliest to beneficiaries, and cautioned them to avoid diverting funds for other social welfare schemes.

Oct 17, 2016, 21:03 PM IST

SC raps Centre, says release funds for MNREGA, pay damages to farmers

Government can't hide behind a smokescreen for lack of finances, the apex court said while responding to a PIL on issues like drought and farmers' suicide.

May 13, 2016, 14:30 PM IST

MNREGA works to be assessed by army of 8,000 social auditors

Under criticism for long due to poor state of monitoring and evaluation of works carried out under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, the present government is planning to carry out the auditing work by installing an army of about 8,000 social auditors

May 07, 2016, 08:42 AM IST

Jharkhand MNREGA workers return Rs 5 to Modi, say his govt needs it more than they do

'We feel that you need the extra five rupees more than we do since your government has so many expenses.'

May 02, 2016, 11:18 AM IST

33 crore people in 10 states affected due to drought: Centre tells SC

The Centre on Tuesday informed the Supreme Court that around 33 crore people in 256 districts of 10 states are affected due to drought.

Apr 19, 2016, 13:47 PM IST

Government leverages 10% of central funds to drought-hit states​

In a sigh of relief for the states reeling under severe drought, the Centre asked them to utilise 10 percent of the central funds lying with them for mitigating problems like natural calamity.

Apr 13, 2016, 09:42 AM IST

Save water, diversify crops, take up allied jobs: PM Modi to farmers

With back-to-back droughts hitting the agriculture output hard, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called for steps to conserve water and asked farmers to focus on crop diversification and go for allied activities like dairy, poultry and food processing to boost their income.

Mar 19, 2016, 15:25 PM IST

PM Narendra​ Modi pays back Rahul Gandhi in equal measure, slams Opposition for stalling Parliament, says it has 'inferiority complex'

 Mixing aggression, wit and barbs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday accused Congress-led Opposition of stalling Parliament because of "jealousy" and "inferiority complex" of its leadership.

Mar 03, 2016, 23:09 PM IST