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A database of RTI martyrs in the pipeline

A database of RTI martyrs in the pipeline

A long pending demand of civil society activists and NGOs, who are campaigning for probity, accountability and transparency in public life, is going to be fulfilled soon. A welcome move has been made by the Government to enumerate and publish data on crimes committed against media persons, Right to Information activists and whistleblowers in the forthcoming edition of Crime in India, which is published annually by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) of Ministry of Home Affairs. The NCRB has...

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Petty cultivators & agricultural labourers worst victims of farm suicide

Petty cultivators & agricultural labourers worst victims of farm suicide

There is a class angle to farmers' suicide in India. Close to three-quarter of farmers who committed suicide in 2014 were small and marginal farmers. ‘Bankruptcy or indebtedness’ accounted for one-fifth of total farmers’ suicide during 2014. The report entitled Accidental Deaths & Suicides in India 2014 by the National Crime...

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Social Safety nets require more public funding

Social Safety nets require more public funding

The nation can be proud of running some of the world's largest programmes on social safety nets, informs the latest report by World Bank. However, public spending on safety nets is still low in comparison to neighbouring countries Bangladesh and Pakistan. India tops the list of 136 countries for running the...

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