Foundation for Ecological Security

Institutions are a key arsenal in rural India's pandemic fight.

Covid-19 will have major implications in rural areas where the Foundation for Ecological Security (FES), a non-profit organisation has been working towards conservation of natural resources through collective action of local communities. Experience indicates that the complete lockdown to contain the spread of the disease has resulted in loss of rural incomes. The risk of spread of the virus too has increased with migrants returning to villages.

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This news letter by FES presents a collated update of news related to MGNREGS


MGNREGSMain highlights in this update:

  • Health insurance smart card may be used for NREGS: The government is exploring whether it can use the biometric smart cards issued for its flagship health insurance scheme to stop misappropriation of funds under its rural employment scheme.

  • Shrink PDS & rework NREGA, World Bank tells India: A World Bank review of India’s social sector programmes has suggested a smaller public distribution system with more cash transfer, reworking of NREGA as a public works programme for urban areas and finally, a social security package including health care for those without regular employment.

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This article presents news updates related to MGNREGS


MGNREGSMain highlights in this update:

  • NREGS proves to be nemesis of textile sector: One of the most successful employment generation schemes from the government has put the textile sector in disarray.

  • BJP leader rallies for NREGA whistleblower: Former BJP state president Suresh Pujari has opposed the arrest of a NREGA whistleblower in Jharsuguda district. Pujari said Gunanidhi Barik, former sarpanch of Lakhanpur block, has been falsely implicated by police and demanded a probe into it.

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This news update talks of the situation in Assam and Meghalaya among other issues


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Main highlights in this update:

  • NREGA implementation in State not satisfactory: The report card on implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) is a mix bag for Assam, with at least 62 per cent households being provided employment under the flagship schemes, while ombudsman has not been constituted for any district and State fund.

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