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MGNREGS: State remains no.1 in implementation


Young graduates, who will work in Maoist and tribal areas under the Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellows (PMRDF) programme, will be paid Rs 65,000 per month for the two-year stint. “It’s like a

Rural India would banish open defecation in 10 yrs: Ramesh

Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Sunday said that the rural areas of the country would be free of open defecation within a decade.

"All the 2,65,000 gram panchayats in the country wi

Budget could give more for sanitation: Ramesh


Sanitation in rural India would get a boost with a likely 40 per cent increase in the budget this year for construction of toilets in village homes, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has said.

No NGO pressure in moratorium on Bt Brinjal: Jairam

Union Minister Jairam Ramesh on Saturday said no NGO influenced his decision to put a moratorium on Bt Brinjal, a statement that comes against the backdrop of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh raising que

Jairam Ramesh ‘locks’ himself in ladies’ loo over cellphone


Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh put his foot in his mouth on Friday when he said “women demand mobile phones, they are not demanding toilets" to drive home the point that “there were ce

Women demand mobile phones, not toilets: Ramesh


"Women demand mobile phones, they are not demanding toilets," lamented Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Friday in remarks that could create a controversy.

"Sanitation is the much more

Caste census could be ready only by July-end: Jairam


The socio-economic caste census, which will be used to identify beneficiaries of various social welfare schemes, including the proposed food law, could only be completed by July-end, according to R

Cong hasn't taken VRS, will speak its mind on Bengal: Ramesh


The war of words between allies Congress and Trinamul Congress escalated on Sunday with Union minister Jairam Ramesh asserting his party has not taken VRS or 'sanyas' from West Bengal and will not tak

MGNREGA irregularities: Mayawati hits back at Ramesh


Hitting back at Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh over the MNREGA irregularities issue, UP Chief Minister Mayawati on Saturday asked if any other state was being 'harassed' in a similar mann

Ramesh writes to Mayawati again on irregularities in MNREGA

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Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has written a fresh letter to UP Chief Minister Mayawati over alleged irregularities in implementation of MNREGA in seven districts and demanded a CBI probe in

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