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It is widely acknowledged that top-down support is essential for bottom-up participatory projects to be effectively implemented at scale. However, which level of government, national or sub-national, should be given the responsibility to implement such projects is an open question, with wide variations in practice.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on unemployment in rural areas, 25/02/2015.

Budget-Eve Report Pegs GDP growth at 5.4-5.9% this fiscal
Says need to recast subsidy plan

This report is a compilation of best practices on convergence of MGNREGA with other schemes from fourteen states across the country - Andhra Pradesh, A& N Islands, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Kerala, Odisha, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, andRajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal.

Asking him to reconsider budget cuts for the government’s flagship social sector schemes, including guranted work for people in rural areas under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guaran

This paper by the Ministry of Finance reviews efficacy and performance of various central government social sector programmes.

The expenditure squeeze being enforced for 2012-13 and the likely freezing of the Budget size for 2013-14 could impact many welfare schemes run by the ministry of rural development (MRD) the most, although the UPA's showpiece Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) might be spared.

With economic prospects deteriorating more than initially expected by the government, the finance ministry is cutting down the budgetary allocation for this fiscal to popular schemes like Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), Indira Awaas Yojana and National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) by 20-25%, sources said. These cut would be seen in the revised estimate in the Budget.

New Delhi: In a bid to help small farmers get better price realisation, the National Advisory Council (NAC) has recommended the creation of ‘farmers companies’ with the support of the government, which would deal with critical issues such as market linkage and value-addition in the farm sector.

In a recent meeting, the NAC, headed by UPA-II chairperson Sonia Gandhi, urged the government to provide financial support for creation of farm producers’ companies under the existing Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) for the farm sector.

This new report released by the rural development ministry examines environmental implications of its schemes & assesses their potential to deliver green results and contribute to the national goal of ‘faster, sustainable and more inclusive growth’.