Vested interest groups like contractors close to the government benefit unduly from the MGNREGS, a study suggests. (HT)
Growth in rural wages for men, taken as the simple average wage rate for all rural occupations, fell to 3.09% in January this year, from 6.57% in the same month a year ago. Graphic: Mint

Rural wage growth lowest in 3 years

2 min read . 21 May 2018
Average real rural wage growth for women, like that for men, was very high during the period November 2013 to November 2014. Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint

Rural wage growth is faltering again

4 min read . 12 Jan 2018
People wait for their turn to withdraw cash outside banks, days after demonetization was announced on 8 November 2016. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
While it is a relief that demonetization did not reverse the wage rate growth trend, it may have slowed it down. Photo: Mint

Long-run trends in rural wages

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