study spanned more than 300 transactions and surveyed the volume and speed with which the commercial real estate marketplace is moving.
In fact, exposure to NREGS during ages 2-4 may have increased test scores and enrollment rates, likely because of increases in family income due to the program.
Another distortion brought about by NREGS is the fillip it has given to mechanisation of farm operations.
In fact, the irony is that the NREGS itself may be contributing more than somewhat to price rise in rural areas.
They include NREGS wage employment (Rs 135 per day), farm loan waiver, rice for Rs 2/kg, essential commodities at very cheap prices, free tertiary health care for all BPL families, scholarships for students from economically weaker sections, housing for all, free electricity for farmers and so on.
Because of NREGS money this has become very tough and competitive.
As long as NREGS was confined to 200 of the most backward districts, it worked well and there were few allegations of corruption.
The NREGS focuses on development and takes up projects like improving rural connectivity, drainage systems and irrigation facilities.
Now, Sanjay Dixit, a member of the rural development ministry's central employment guarantee council, has revealed that the society was also involved in the embezzlement of Rs 55 lakh of NREGS money in Mathura.
The chief minister has directed the department of rural development to register FIRs against 78 officials and 38 elected panchayat chiefs for their alleged involvement in the NREGS scam in central and eastern Uttar Pradesh districts.
In UP the PWD was supposed to spend a major portion of the NREGS fund to develop 19,176 Ambedkar villages in the state.
Worse still, the Karnataka forest department does not have a ready investment reckoner, which means it doesn't know how much of the Rs 200 crore that it got to spend under the NREGS during 2008-' 10 is being spent on individual projects inside the forests.