Even as we celebrate 60 years of Indian democracy, with millions of our people hungry, cynical and insecure, and living under the barrel of the gun (of the state or the extremists), we need to worry about the reach and quality of our political process. The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act has the potential to provide a “big push” in India’s regions of distress. For NREGA to be able to realise its potential, the role of civil society organisations is critical. But this calls for a new self-critical politics of fortitude,balance and restraint.
|Publisher:||Economic and Political Weekly | November 17, 2007|
Social audits have the potential to make delivery of public programmes more effective. While the process is evolving, the audits of the employment guarantee programme in Andhra Pradesh show us what is possible.
|Author:||Karuna Vakati Aakella, Sowmya Kidambi|
|Publisher:||Economic and Political Weekly | Novermber 24, 2007|
A recent survey on NREGA in western Orissa points to a quiet sabotage of the transparency safeguards aimed at perpetuating the traditional system of extortion in rural employment programmes.
|Publisher:||The Hindu | November 20, 2007|
Not unless the black box of the Schedule of Rates is opened and the rates revised urgently in a transparent manner
|Publisher:||The Hindu | May 20, 2006|
In this note we argue that the SoRs as presently conceived and used have an inherent pro-contractor bias, encourage (virtually necessitate) the use of machinery and make it virtually impossible for labourers to earn the statutory minimum wages. It is, therefore, an imperative if NREGA objectives are to be achieved, that the SoRs are revised in a truly transparent and participatory manner.
|Author:||P.S. Vijay Shankar, Rangu Rao, Nivedita Banerji and Mihir Shah|
The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) proposed to be enacted during the current winter session of Parliament represents a historic opportunity for socio-economic transformation in rural India. The 1990s have brought the crisis of rural India to the fore. For the first time since independence, the decade witnessed a decline in per capita output in Indian agriculture.
|Publisher:||Economic and Political Weekly, Mumbai|