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Topic: India

Dunno how India’s going to pay for it, but the BBC reports that the lower house of India’s parliament today passed a bill guaranteeing 100 days of employment to at least one member of each of the country’s 60 million rural households, whose members amount to 70 percent of the population overall. Under the bill, which the Beeb says should pass easily in the upper house, “people employed by the scheme will work on projects such as building roads, improving rural infrastructure, constructing canals or working on water conservation schemes.” (Hopefully this means building water tanks, not just giant dams, a favorite boondoggle of corrupt governments everywhere.)