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The big hope: Transparency marks the NREGA in Dungarpur

By Anosh Malekar

A social audit across 800 villages in drought-prone Dungarpur district in Rajasthan is a shining example of how public vigilance and a proactive administration can combine to see that the rural employment guarantee Act is successfully implemented

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Where has the money gone?

By Anosh Malekar

A social audit exposes the corruption in Rajasthan's employment guarantee works. This should not discredit the hard-won 100 days work guarantee for India's millions, but make citizens and civil society more vigilant to corrupt practices

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Brick by brick

By Aparna Pallavi

Twelve illiterate tribal women belonging to a self-help group set up their own brick kiln, changing the power structure in their village in the process

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Hope and scepticism as villagers await work under NREGA

By Aparna Pallavi

The villagers of Maharashtra know the potential for corruption, delay and denial of entitlements in the government's employment guarantee schemes. Nevertheless, in Bhandara district, villagers are eagerly awaiting the Rural Employment Guarantee of 100 days of work. It's either that or migration to the city, they say

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'If 40% of Indians are asking for 1% of the GDP, it's no big deal'

By Rashme Sehgal

Ramon Magsaysay Award winner Aruna Roy is founder-member of the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sanghatana and a member of the National Advisory Council. She is an outspoken champion of an amendment to the Freedom of Information Act 2002 and the much-talked-about Employment Guarantee Act

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Mithila's women paint their way out of poverty

By Naren Karunakaran

The Bharati Vikas Manch, in Bihar's Barheta village, has been instrumental in teaching poor village women the famous Mithila genre of painting. The skill has helped transform lives and ward off poverty in many backward villages in the state

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Janavani: A reporter in every village

By Elisa Patnaik

The problems of the rural poor, dalits and adivasis are given short shrift in the mainstream media, a fact that's corroborated in a recent CYSD study in Orissa. To counter this trend, an exclusive newspaper, Janavani, for and about Orissa's rural poor, was launched in January this year

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MKSS provides a blueprint for a workable employment guarantee scheme in Rajasthan

By I M Shah

How can the drought-hit state of Rajasthan manage a scheme that will guarantee every poor household 100 days of employment a year? How can it finance this scheme costing Rs 1,600 crore per year? The Mazdoor Kisaan Shakti Sangathan has some answers

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Maa Bambaleshwari! Chhattisgarh's women have taken charge

By Rashme Arora

One million women in the newly-formed state of Chhattisgarh have formed 76,000 self-help groups and are now running the weekly bazaars, the fisheries and even the stone quarries

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The hamlet that Orissa forgot

By Manipadma Jena

The Juang tribal village of Talapada is on the border of Keonjhar and Dhenkanal districts. Consequently, it receives no development assistance from either district. Five large mining companies operate within 20 km of the hamlet, but still the village is barely touched by civilisation. The witch doctor is their only hope. No one has heard of family planning. There is no teacher at the primary school

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