Rural Transformation and Sustained Growth of Agriculture

Rural India suffers from poor infrastructure and inadequate amenities. Low agricultural growth perpetuates food and nutritional insecurities, which also reduces rural incomes. How can we encourage and support our villages in improving their living and livelihood conditions in innovative ways?

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MGNREGS has succeeded in mitigating rural distress. What are its other effects and what should be done?

Re: MGNREGS has succeeded in mitigating rural distress. What are its other effects and what should be done?

Postby phani.naik@gmail.com » Thu Feb 10, 2011 11:17 am

The intention of MGNREGS is not only to mitigate rural poverty but also create rural infrastructure. But the works that are being undertaken in many villages do not create any rural infrastructure and many times its only some time pass work where people come for a few hours and take the wages and go. It would be better if MGNREGS is linked to agriculture. Land reforms have to be effectively implemented and rural workforce should be employed in improving the agricultural productivity of the country and there by ensuring food security.
Also minimum wages have to be given to MGNREGS workers as stated by the minimum wages act.
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Re: MGNREGS has succeeded in mitigating rural distress. What are its other effects and what should be done?

Postby vikas.menghwani@gmail.com » Sat Feb 12, 2011 6:29 pm

Very valid points made above!! the biggest is: fraud is to be stopped! which is being done even by the panchayat bodies.
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Re: MGNREGS has succeeded in mitigating rural distress. What are its other effects and what should be done?

Postby aditya.s.d@gmail.com » Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:14 am

Hi,
I doubt MGNERGS is doing any good for long term sustainability of the rural population / growth.

I would like to provide inputs from my observation in rural ara.

1. Due to MGNERGS, the rates of labour have gone high. The farmers have to pay higher rates to get their services, there by reducing the profits. though the sales price have increased net benefit to the farmer is doubtful.

2. The rates of the labour have become approx 150 rupees per day. Labour qualify as BPL as per ration card. Through PDS, you are providing the food for full family sufficient for comlete month at rupees 110/-. Hence urge for the labours to work has reduced. hence productivity has reduced. This also has ther social problems - higher alcohol consumption with extra cash, work only when they need cash, labours disappear exactly high agri activity season their by almost blackmailing the farmers for higher pay. the rates above mentioned are approx rates.

3. The activity of the MGNERGS should be minimised during high agri activity season.
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Re: MGNREGS has succeeded in mitigating rural distress. What are its other effects and what should be done?

Postby deoraindian@yahoo.com » Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:49 pm

[i]many pros and cons of MGNERGS have been stated above n all are right

1. we can see that it is making workforce of India lazy as against china which is producing skilled worker so wage should be given on target base work.

2.mostly work done in this scheme are labour oriented work like work digging pound n making kaccha roads so more productive work should be included which would add to development of villages in broader way.

3.workers should be made to work in field of farmers so that farmers which are facing problem of labour would be removed.
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Re: MGNREGS has succeeded in mitigating rural distress. What are its other effects and what should be done?

Postby yashwardhansingh3@gmail.com » Wed Apr 13, 2011 5:20 pm

MGNREGS succeeded as an Income Cushion for rural India. But it hasn't resulted in wat it was expected out of it. Although it raised the standard of living of rural population, there are other major issues where it lacked attention or due care. Some of them are- 1) It contributed towards Inflation in the economy, as purchasing power of rural india burgeoned suddenly but the supply side couldn't match it.
2) It was supposed to be a scheme for unskilled labor but it didn't contributed enough towards development of infrastructure and thus there was no value addition. In case of Rajasthan, workers are just digging small reservoirs for water and then they fill it with sand again and dig it closeby. These kind of activities are happening at many places.
3) there is no skill development for the labour which is working.
4)corruption in allocating wages and procurement of material. In Rajasthan only Local bodies are involved in it with some officers. This is the reason why Social Audit was objected in many villages.
5)Due to easy wages, labourers are charging higher wages in sectors like construction and other related sectors. This will again contribute towards inflation.
Steps to be taken-
1)There should be proper mechanism for the audit of money used. Social Audit is thus required and should be made mandatory at panchayat level. This was also supported by Jean Dreze who formulated this prog.
2)The infrastructure should be given impetus through this scheme by improving the skill of workers through proper assistance by technicians like civil engineers. Also they should build schools, hospitals, roads, and other inputs required for rural upliftment with the help of skilled workers.
3)Wages should be directly deposited to the beneficiaries a\c which govt has also announced through Swabhiman Scheme. But it should be implemented over all the districts.

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Re: MGNREGS has succeeded in mitigating rural distress. What are its other effects and what should be done?

Postby mangesh.mr@gmail.com » Mon May 02, 2011 7:23 am

No doubt MGNREGS is a unique and biggest scheme of the government. But there are loop holes in the implementation of this scheme in some states. Government should pay attention to implement the scheme at grassroot level. Some of the suggestions are:
1) Social audit should be done by an independent agency.
2) The people responsible for delay in wages of workers should be strictly punished.
3) During the time of reqirement of labours in agricultural sector the MGNREGS working days should be shifted so that farmers would not face any problem of labour shortage.
4) More accountability of the works under MGNAREGS should be fixed.
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Re: MGNREGS has succeeded in mitigating rural distress. What are its other effects and what should be done?

Postby subramaniam.yadav@pinc.co.in » Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:11 am

viv.nandha@gmail.com wrote:As with any system.! Freebies does not work.! Though MGNREGS is a well thought out program with the right intention but the effects it has produced is not a desired one and dangerous in the long run.

As i see in my villages in Tamil Nadu there is huge drought of workforce.! People get themselves listed in this scheme.! They dont work but do get paid.! (By giving a cut to the authorities involved). There are no checks and accountability. Who is accountable for the quality of the work done and completion of the requisite work.!
When something is guaranteed with out the valuation of the outcome, in the longer run would break the back bone of the society making the people lazy.

A greater thought has to be given into this making people more accountable.!
For eg.)
-- People who are giving the job should be monitored by a third party who is not
involved in the system. Where by a fair perspective of their working can be
got and held accountable.
-- There is no drought of work in India.! So money should be given only after some valuable work is done.! The work done should not be only in the books but also should be done for real. I doubt if PCR is ever used and concerned authority is using the data to do the needful.

Points apart the system of gov supporting the needy is valid as long as it enables people to come out of the vicious cycle and enables them to stand on their own foot so that few years down the line the person does not need gov help, but in this case with the gov throwing freebies, is making people more lazy and more dependent on gov.! If the state continues the gov would not be able to sustain it for long and when it breaks it would be chaos.!



Totally agree with you sir. This program seems to be unproductive one, which is also having ripple effect on other sectors, where there is shortage of labour.
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Re: MGNREGS has succeeded in mitigating rural distress. What are its other effects and what should be done?

Postby avegagarwal@hotmail.com » Thu Jun 16, 2011 2:34 pm

Although MNREGS was supposed to pay for the workdone, mostly infra projects in rural areas. However, this is being used as grant. This is definitely mitigating rural distress for a small percentage. However, a large part is used by those who have the option to work somewhere else and in some cases even while working.

In brief, we need to focus on the accountability of the scheme.
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Re: MGNREGS has succeeded in mitigating rural distress. What are its other effects and what should be done?

Postby pattichaitanya@gmail.com » Sat Jun 25, 2011 1:23 pm

It is very clear rural distress has not been mitigated much and seriously not to the extent the government is projecting...the planners are seriously requested to visit the villages and talk to them, especially the backward districts. The rural and mostly agrarian people of India are not getting the benefits intended to them. The involvement of various ministries implementing their program through various departments without any coordination is resulting in huge wastage of resources. For example in the Tonk district, Rajasthan every year the silted tanks are desilted through MNREGA..but the silt gets back into the tanks, as monsoon arrives. There is no coordination between the rural development, panchayati raj and water resources ministries and the result is money getting washed away like silt into the tank!!
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Re: MGNREGS has succeeded in mitigating rural distress. What are its other effects and what should be done?

Postby rishi8828@gmail.com » Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:00 pm

is there is any way by which govt. made compulsion to the company that they should to invest certain %of their for their corporate social responsibility and fixed the certain ratio of that money should be used for rural development and govt ask company to invest that money in mnarega and give responsbility to company to get work dome this will help government to reduce fiscal deficit as well MNREGA proceeds in more planed and accountable manner...............?whating for reply and hope that decission maker think on that suggestion.thankyou :)
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