Friday 15 February 2013

Author(s): Richard Mahapatra

The poorest shun MGNREGA

Participation of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes in the scheme has halved in five years

The poorest shun MGNREGA

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  • Though a desirable move such

    Though a desirable move such decoupling of schemes will further aggravate the silo mentality that has become the hallmark of the Planning Commission. I can visualize the ÔÇÿvery visible hand of babudom using the shield of 14th Finance Commission to stall the move. For instance, internationally it is recognised that silos for grain storage in a marginal small farmer dominated economic landscape have proved to be rusting monument to bad planning Planning Commission is complicit with agriculture ministry and egging on the food ministry to go high on PEGS. Similarly, the template of RKVY the flagship programme for agriculture that required states to tailor make an appropriate district agriculture plan, in a delicious irony builds on the marginal-small farmers as a major weakness that needs to be surgically removed. PM in his NDC inaugural speech on 27 December 2012 alluded to it ÔÇ£move people out of agriculture by giving them gainful employment in the non agricultural sectorÔÇØ.

    The slim and trim move as described is designed to fail. The ÔÇÿtrickle downÔÇÖ approach surely has not worked nor has the bottom of the pyramid up approach allowed a natural growth pangs. Experience with 243ZD is contemporary history. The primacy to self-governing institutions needs immediate reckoning to save the rural economy and thus secure the rural livelihood.

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