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

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Job Law Can Sharply Cut Poverty This Decade

A rural employment guarantee programme will yield immense benefits. Labour-intensity can be high in watershed development, land regeneration, and prevention of soil erosion. A jobs programme that focuses on such work would not only protect the environment, it would enhance land productivity and promote rural employment in the future. Such a plan would also have positive second-round effects on household incomes, by raising agricultural wages and investment in human capital. Besides, improving watershed development could reduce damage to life and property caused by frequent flooding. To argue against the employment guarantee is therefore being penny wise and pound foolish.

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