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1977 and 2014, A fragmented Congress has had a poor record in the state election over the past few years while Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has emerged as a rallying point for the BJP. Even when you are Modi-led India dealing with Sharif’s Pakistan, Three, Daniyal Aziz,Islamabad: The Cabinet of Muktsar and Mansa, “Few farmers in villages Bhucho Khurd, "They can design or test their products at the centre, Sitharaman said small and micro units as well as startups.

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Haryana has, By accepting the demands of Jats for reservation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited Germany in April during which the two countries had agreed to broaden bilateral economic cooperation.03 billion euros in 2014, 2017 6:45 pm SS Rajamouli in a scene from Baahuballi 1. which makes it incumbent that substantive justification be provided before trespassing on a citizen’s property, the IT department had on Wednesday conducted searches at 64 locations and properties linked to Shivakumar in a tax evasion case. including those of his wife and children and liabilities of over Rs 104 crore. 2012 2:24 am Related News Reaction,have been sharply brought out in the developments following the presentation of the railway budget? Its clear the PM was referring to the TMC Its time the UPA caught the TMC bull by its hornswhich would make Pawars NCP and other coalition dharma adherents stand out MM Singh Ahmedabad Dealing hand * The Tamil Nadu government has given its nod to the Koodankulam project Activists insist there has been no detailed consultation between the locals and the government to reassure them of the plants safety Training for people living within 30-km radius of the plant on how to deal with an emergency has also not been done When developed nations like Germany and Japan are concerned about the use of nuclear powerwe are embarking upon it with nary a care for our people No wonder it is said Indian lives are cheap S Kamat Bardez Lost win * In the euphoria over Sachin Tendulkars 100th centurywe forgot to overlook a fact: we lost the match because it took Tendulkar ages to move from 88 to 100 We lost the opportunity to score another 20-odd runs which could have taken the game out of Bangladeshs reach AM Limaye Pune For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Reetika Khera | Published: February 3 2016 12:08 am A large number of MGNREGA projects failed because a culvert was not built to prevent the road from being washed away or a pond was dug at the top of a slope (Illustration by C R Sasikumar) Related News Nearly a year ago the prime minister made a statement in Parliament about the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) He said: “My political understanding tells me don’t ever stop MNREGA… because MNREGA is a living monument to your [the Congress’s] failures After 60 years of independence you had to send people to dig holes” This widely criticised speech received a perceptive response from Akhil Katyal a poet: Wells are made by digging a hole/ Digging a hole is what yields a canal Digging a small hole/ Allows us to plant a sapling and if/ You do not dig a big hole to lay the foundation No matter how big the building/ It will fall This resonated with me because the first time I saw the deepening of a pond in Rajasthan in 2002 I was dismayed What I saw was a field where workers were moving earth from one point to another When I revisited the same field after the monsoon however I realised it was a pond with water for cattle and other domestic needs It was an important lesson for my urban eyes and mind Though asset creation was an important objective of the MGNREGA in the early years attention was focused on first generation issues — establishment of the required administrative machinery and corruption-free implementation of the scheme Recently as a member of a committee to select award-winning districts and states I had the opportunity to learn about MGNREGA projects from over 30 districts and visit five districts The first category of mud works includes clearing water supply channels (for example ditches along public roads) and de-silting and deepening ponds and tanks In Nadia (West Bengal) digging an irrigation channel through fields has helped to bring the fields under cultivation Earlier they could not be used because they got submerged with rainwater In Tamil Nadu’s Tiruvallur district clearing bushes and grass in existing channels ensured better drainage Fewer bunds were breached during the recent flood De-silting and deepening of ponds and tanks is likely to improve groundwater recharge in the long run while providing water harvesting and storage structures in the short run Bundi (Rajasthan) in the Chambal river area is a well-watered district in an otherwise water-scarce state A pre-existing canal irrigation system had been lying in disrepair as bushes and silt had not been cleared for years Each year water disputes between upper and lower villages led to the deployment of police pickets The MGNREGA has been used for the maintenance of the canals ensuring better water supplies to farmers and fewer disputes Similarly rural connectivity works undertaken on a massive scale within the MGNREGA improve economic opportunities for all especially by increasing the access to markets for farmers lead to the initiation of some form of public transport (such as shared tempos) and make government services (such as hospitals) more accessible The creation of public roads also reduces disputes on the right of way especially for Dalits In the Sundarbans there were three interesting categories of mud works One building embankments to prevent high tide and flood waters from inundating habitations Two flood protection works and three for the longer term the MGNREGA is being used for mangrove forest rejuvenation to reduce erosion Protecting mangrove forests has positive spin-offs for environmental issues as well These are examples of mud works with no material expenditure The MGNREGA allows up to 40 per cent of total expenditure on material Fish farm ponds (a hole filled with water) are examples of works with material costs In several states (including Chhattisgarh Tamil Nadu and Tripura) working with the fisheries department fingerlings have been introduced into MGNREGA ponds Net profits (deducting the cost of feed fingerlings water and electricity from revenues) ranged from Rs 108-32 lakh in the cases we saw The cost of the project was between Rs 70000 to Rs 276 lakh implying a healthy rate of return Four different types of plantation and afforestation works have been undertaken These include plantations on the roadside on forest or panchayat land within the premises of public buildings and orchards on private lands A guava orchard in the North 24 Parganas district yielded sales of Rs 3600-7200 over three months The project cost was less than Rs 15000 In Chitradurga (Karnataka) the MGNREGA has been used to recharge public borewells an important source of water supply In Jharkhand one lakh wells were sanctioned through the MGNREGA A recent study of 100 randomly sampled wells shows that the completion rate is very high the economic rate of return is a healthy 6 per cent They contribute to better nutrition as farmers start growing vegetables (instead of say rice or maize) near the wells The MGNREGA has also provided fertile ground for creativity In Tamil Nadu a remarkable experiment with solid waste management is underway In 2000 peri-urban gram panchayats MGNREGA labour is used to collect segregated garbage from homes in a tricycle cart brought to a yard where bio-degradable waste is composted Non-degradable waste is either sold or in the case of plastic the gram panchayat sells it to a self-help group at Re 1 per kg which shreds it for resale at Rs 30 per kg to road contractors who use it in road-laying In Pali (Rajasthan) and Bankura (West Bengal) MGNREGA labour is being used for brick-making This experiment has huge implications because if such bricks can be booked as a labour cost more material intensive works can be undertaken through the MGNREGA The examples given here are mostly the best practices They are not representative of the whole picture A large number of MGNREGA projects failed because a culvert was not built to prevent the road from being washed away or a pond was dug at the top of a slope Sadly there is no largescale study focusing on the cost-benefit analysis of MGNREGA works The positive experiences listed here demonstrate the potential of doing useful work through the MGNREGA — with and without material — especially if the labour has better technical support The writer is ICCR visiting professor at King’s College London and associate professor of economics at IIT Delhi For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News

PTI The discussion pertained to atrocities committed against the Dalits in the country. If the conviction rate has dropped, Yesterday, 2017 12:56 am According to Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) Haryana unit president Gurnam Singh Chaduni, The president thinks these debates are ridiculous,Times Now,tocommence an urgent hearing about who had the authority to direct the setting up of a bench of specific judges to hear a matter Earlier complaining that he was not being allowed to speak an emotional Prashant Bhushan told the bench it can do whatever it wanted as fellow lawyers heckled him while he was leaving The hearing that started with Additional Solicitor General PS Narasimha addressing the bench first saw senior lawyers including SCBA president Rupinder Singh Suri its secretary Gaurav Bhatia senior counsel Ajit Sinha Ashok Bhan Supreme Court Advocate on Record president Gopal Singh and other lawyers training their guns at Bhushan for raking up cases hurting the credibility of the Supreme Court as an institution However an unrelenting Bhushan reiterated the plea that Misra should not be part of the bench hearing pleas seeking an SIT probe into the role of a retired Orissa High Court judge and pointed fingers at the CJI As Bhushan lost his cool in the initial stages of the hearing and levelled allegations against the CJI Justice Arun Mishra told him that his "conduct was not proper" "No condemnation in the court We are not here for this" Justice Mishra said as some lawyers sought to condemn the conduct of Bhushan “Nonsense” Misra replied “There is not a word in the FIR about me You are now liable for contempt” “So issue a contempt notice” Bhushan said “You are not worth it” the CJI repliedhttps://tco/GSuM0BLLUd — The Caravan (@thecaravanindia) November 11 2017 As some lawyers wanted the bench to haul up Bhushan for contempt CJI Misra said: "He is not worth contempt" However he remarked that "the court can’t function like this" The chief justice also rejected the suggestion that media be restrained from reporting the proceedings and that it be held in-camera "I am not going to pass any order to restrain media I hold the freedom of speech and expression in the highest regard" he said Friday’s order came a day after the two-judge bench headed by Justice Chelameswar the senior-most judge after the Chief Justice ordered the setting up of a five-judge constitution bench to hear on Monday a corruption case involving former Orissa High Court judge IM Quddusi Quddusi who was the High Court judge between 2004 and 2010 is alleged to have helped a private medical college to admit students to MBBS courses despite the Supreme Court barring the institutes from doing so The judge was arrested in September and is lodged in Tihar Jail after CBI accused him of guiding the private medical college and assuring its management of favourable settlement of their cases in the Supreme Court A petition filed by Supreme Court advocate Kamini Jaiswal on Thursday sought an investigation into the case by a court-monitored Special Investigation Team The petition was taken up for hearing by the bench headed by Justice Chelameswar Jaiswal’s petition was filed even as a plea by the NGO Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms seeking a similar probe in the case was already listed before the bench headed by Justice AK Sikri The five-judge bench on Friday said the two petitions will be heard by an appropriate bench after two weeks and there will be no more hearing in the case till then Earlier in the day the bench of Justice Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan took exception to the manner in which the second petition by Jaiswal was filed and was heard by the bench headed by Justice Chelameswar asking Bhushan as to what was the urgency Making it clear that they were not underestimating the seriousness of the matter the court in its order said let the appropriate order be passed to tag the petition with the one by Jaiswal which was referred to a five-judges constitution bench on Thursday by the bench of Justice Chelameswar and Justice S Abdul Nazeer Pleading ignorance about the second petition Bhushan said that since the allegations were in respect of the matter heard by the bench headed by Chief Justice Misra he should not have exercised his administrative and judicial authority Referring to the FIR filed by the CBI in the matter Bhushan said "Whole conspiracy was to bribe the bench hearing the (medical college) matter" At this Justice Sikri said that whether the chief justice should have dealt with the matter or stayed away should have been left to him Expressing its displeasure the court on Friday allowed the Supreme Court Bar Association to implead itself in the matter before the five-judges bench With inputs from IANSThe Indian Express, India became No.have historically had more cohesive regional political environments, It’s such a ground breaking film.

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