ILO releases “World Employment and Social Outlook” report

What is the News? The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has released the annual World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2021 (WESO) report. About the World Employment and Social Outlook report: The report analyses key labour market issues including unemployment, labour underutilisation, working poverty, income inequality, labour income share and factors that exclude people from decent… Continue reading ILO releases “World Employment and Social Outlook” report

“Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana” – 30% recipients yet to get grains for May

What is the News? The Ministry of Consumer Affairs has informed about the status of food grains disturbed under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana(PMGKAY). About Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana(PMGKAY): Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana was announced as part of the relief package during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aim: To ensure sufficient… Continue reading “Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana” – 30% recipients yet to get grains for May

Govt to Divide “MGNREGA Wages” into SC/ST/Others Categories

What is the News? The Central Government has issued an advisory to all states to divide the wage payments under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme. The MGNREGA Wages will be divided into separate categories for the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and others from the Financial Year 2021-22. Current Method of… Continue reading Govt to Divide “MGNREGA Wages” into SC/ST/Others Categories

Prioritise food and work for all

Synopsis: The second wave of Pandemic has put immense stress on the Indian masses. They are facing job losses, food shortages, and hunger issues. In this scenario, the government should prioritise food and work for all. Background: The second wave of Covid-19 -19 has made it imperative for many states to impose a lockdown. This… Continue reading Prioritise food and work for all

Union Minister launches “NMMS app” and “Area officer monitoring App”

What is the News? The Union Minister of Rural Development has launched the NMMS (National Mobile Monitoring Software) app and Area Officer Monitoring App. About NMMS (National Mobile Monitoring Software) app : NMMS App permits taking real-time attendance of workers at Mahatma Gandhi NREGA worksites along with geotagged photographs. Impact: This will increase citizen oversight… Continue reading Union Minister launches “NMMS app” and “Area officer monitoring App”

COVID-19 hit urban poor more than those in villages: A Report by Hunger watch

What is the News? According to a Report by Hunger watch, COVID-19 has impacted India’s urban poor more than those in villages. Key Findings of the Report by Hunger watch: Impact of Covid-19: Urban respondents reported a 15% point worse condition than their rural counterparts across all important parameters. Poverty: Covid-19 pandemic has made the… Continue reading COVID-19 hit urban poor more than those in villages: A Report by Hunger watch

GNAFC releases “Global Report on Food Crises 2021”

What is the News? Global Network Against Food Crises(GNAFC) has released the “Global Report on Food Crises 2021”. Key Findings: Firstly, more than 155 million people experienced acute food insecurity in 2020. This is an increase of 20 million as compared to 2019. Secondly, two-thirds of the people in acute food crisis levels were in… Continue reading GNAFC releases “Global Report on Food Crises 2021”

“State of Working India 2021” – One Year of Covid-19 Report

What is the News? Azim Premji University’s Centre for Sustainable Employment has released the annual State of Working India 2021: One Year of Covid-19 Report. Key Findings of State of Working India 2021 report: Impact of Pandemic: The COVID-19 pandemic has substantially increased informality in employment. This has lead to a decline in earnings for… Continue reading “State of Working India 2021” – One Year of Covid-19 Report

MGNREGA: Issues and Significance – Explained, pointwise

Introduction The government of India has been running the world’s largest employment guarantee program since 2005 under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). It has been in implementation for more than 15 years and has delivered optimum results. Although some issues thwart its success which must be resolved. About MGNREGA It guarantees… Continue reading MGNREGA: Issues and Significance – Explained, pointwise

Rising Food Insecurity Due to Pandemic

Synopsis: Food insecurity is rising among the most vulnerable populations due to 2nd wave of the pandemic. Hence, the government should take precautionary steps to save millions from hunger and food insecurity. Background Even before the pandemic, India’s efforts to tackle the food security crisis have been poor. For example, India ranks 102 among 117… Continue reading Rising Food Insecurity Due to Pandemic