NEW DELHI: A worker needs to dig as much as 80 feet in Bihar to earn a day’s wage under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, nearly thrice as much as another worker in a different state with similar soil conditions. The government has found such large disparities in the schedule of rates for its flagship rural jobs programme which lead to a huge difference in the wage rates as well. The schedule of rates refers to the amount of work a labourer has to do to earn a full day’s wage. A committee comprising state secretaries formed to look into the revision of MGNREGS wages will hold a meeting next week to suggest a band of rates which the states should follow in order to have a more identical rate structure, officials said. Headed by Nagesh Singh, additional secretary in the rural development ministry, the committee had last month sent a group of engineers to examine the schedule of rates in different states. “Some of the states have declared … [Read more...] about Government moves to end disparity in NREGS schedule of rates
Australia’s former foreign minister Alexander Downer has said Australia would wind back intelligence sharing with the United Kingdom if left-wing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wins on 12 December. In a searing assessment of Corbyn, Downer said the Labour MP and his leadership team were “unsympathetic to and hostile to western interests” and Corbyn in Number 10 would change the very nature of Australia’s engagement with the U.K.Downer was Australia’s high commissioner to the U.K. from 2014 to 2018 and a former leader of the Liberal Party. He said he wanted Corbyn to lose the British poll and gave Prime Minister Boris Johnson a 70 per cent chance of success. “Under a Corbyn government, they will abandon that support for the western alliance and steer a completely different foreign policy and security policy direction to such an extent that I think we would be unwise to continue the intelligence sharing relationship with a Corbyn-led Britain of the kind … [Read more...] about Diplomat: Australia Fears U.K. Intelligence Sharing Under a Corbyn Government
The Odisha government on Thursday cleared a big ticket project proposal of Hindalco Industries Ltd worth Rs 5,000 crore. The State Level Single Window Clearance Authority (SLSWCA) in its meeting on Thursday recommended a proposal of Hindalco Industries Limited to set up an aluminum flat rolled product unit of 0.375 MTPA at Sambalpur, an official statement said. This proposal is to set up the unit in the premises of existing aluminium smelter plant of Hindalco at Lapanga in Sambalpur district. The land requirement will be 300 acres for the downstream unit. The project has been recommended to High Level Clearance Authority headed by CM Naveen Patnaik. Four other investment proposals have also been cleared by the authority. Employment potential of Hindalco project is 550 people. … [Read more...] about Odisha government clears Hindalco’s Rs 5000 crore investment proposal
Photo: PRWeb Photo: PRWeb Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: PRWeb Renowned Veterans Advocate Kim Mitchell to Join National University as Senior Vice President of Military, Veterans and Government Affairs 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Mitchell, a U.S. Navy Veteran and former Lieutenant Commander, will assume her new position March 2020, to advance National University’s initiatives that support educational opportunities for veterans, members of the military, military families and Gold Star Families; Mitchell’s role to include expanding the University’s presence in Washington D.C. SAN DIEGO (PRWEB) November 12, 2019 Kim Mitchell, a U.S. Navy Veteran and former Lieutenant Commander with a demonstrated commitment to serving and … [Read more...] about Renowned Veterans Advocate Kim Mitchell to Join National University as Senior Vice President of Military, Veterans and Government Affairs
Secretary of the central government’s rural development ministry, Amarjeet Sinha, says the ministry is aiming to deliver 1 crore houses by the end of March 2019 under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana in rural areas where the shortage is little less than 3 crore, says a Business Standard report.However, the target may be difficult to achieve considering the progress report of 2016-17 and the current year. The website of Ministry of Rural Development shows the government has completed building 2,37,355 houses with a target of 32,10,289 houses in the current year. A total of 23,46,200 beneficiaries have been registered.Close The gap between government’s target and project completion remains pretty much the same in 2016-17. While the total target of the Centre was 42,98,620 houses, only 10,37,277 lakh houses were completed. related news E-retailers cannot influence prices of goods on platform: Draft guidelines RBI becomes net buyer of dollars in September, bought $5.61 … [Read more...] about Rural development ministry targets 1 cr homes by March 2019 —-is it realistic?