ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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From Aadhaar Mandate to Mass Job Card Deletions

In financial year 2022–23, more than 5 crore workers were deleted from the Mahatma Gandhi Na­tional Rural Employment Guarantee Act database—a 247% increase compared to the previous FY. Using a worker-centric framework, this rise is investigated in context of the complexity of recent Aadhaar-based interventions and the manner of their rollout. Worker deletion and resolution practices on the ground are also analysed. These techno-solutionist policies are not consistent with democratic norms and increase workers’ distress.

MGNREGA in Andhra Pradesh's Tribal Areas

India's scheduled tribes are among the most deprived socio-economic groups and the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme has great potential in tribal areas. While the Andhra Pradesh government has made an effort to ensure implementation of the scheme in the scheduled areas, the gap between administrative orders and the grass-roots level is wide. This article lists measures that could radically improve implementation of the scheme in tribal areas.

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