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

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Strengthening Centres Overlordship

DOUBTS were raised right at the outset when S B Chavan, finance minister, announced the Jawahar Rojgar Yojana (JRY) in his budget speech. But those doubts related to the linkages between the budgetary provision and the expected results. How could a scheme which entailed an increased provision of only Rs 500 crore over and above what was already being provided, i e, Rs 1,200 crore, under the existing schemes, namely, the National Rural Employment Programme (NREP) and the Rural Landless Employment Guarantee Programme (RLEGP), set itself a target of 100 working days for at least one member of every family living below the poverty line in the selected 120 districts which were backward and suffered from acute unemployment? Calculations suggested that given the cost of materials and the going minimum wage rate, the total provision under the merged scheme would fail to provide even 50 days of work to the targeted households.

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