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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.

Continuity amid Change in India's Political Economy from 1980 to 2004

The social coalition that benefited from India's central government's economic policies remained unchanged between the pre- and post-economic reforms periods. The economic policies promoted by the central government between 1980 and 2004 - irrespective of the political party heading the Cabinet - mostly benefited the middle class and the corporate sector, while the poor and the rural world were clearly relegated to a secondary position in the governments' policy priorities. From this point of view the election of the United Progressive Alliance government in 2004 might constitute a more important break with the past.

Let the Country Grow

As many as fifty per cent of Indians may suffer from mental deficiencies caused by malnutrition during childhood. This might impact the quality of India’s huge and young workforce and dent its ambitions to become an economic superpower. The government is in the process of overhauling the, almost 40 year old, Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) programme, to tackle with the grave issue of child malnutrition.

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