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Modi govt: Don't quote report that showed higher GDP growth under UPA than NDA -Mahua Venkatesh

-ThePrint.in Report by government-backed panel has pegged average growth under UPA at 8%, higher than that during 4 years under NDA. New Delhi: The Modi government has said that a GDP report that showed higher growth during the UPA years than under four years of NDA rule is only a draft and “should not be quoted anywhere”. The back-series GDP growth report was published on the website of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation website on 25 July. But it became controversial after it was reported by the media at the end of last week and triggered a war of words between the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress. On Monday, the report was removed from its original url or web address in the reports section of the ministry website and posted in the ‘Draft Reports’ section of the National Statistical Commission under the ‘About Us’ section of the website as a ‘Draft...

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In 4 years, farmers' income has increased by just Rs 2,505 per month: NABARD report -Jitendra

-Down to Earth Although the average farm income per month saw a rise in the last four years, it is still not enough to help farmers cope with the current agrarian crisis A latest report by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), a government agency, again, shows the vulnerability of Indian agriculture households.   The NABARD All India Rural Financial Inclusion Survey (NAFIS) shows that average agriculture household income was a mere Rs 8,931 per month in 2016-17. Apart from a paltry income, farmers are facing rising indebtedness, lesser financial inclusion, and absence of insurance facility, according to the report. What is shocking is that in the past four years, the income of a farm household has increased by just Rs 2,505/month. This is calculated by comparing the NABARD report with a 2012-13 study by the National Sample Survey Organization (NSSO), another government body that estimated the average monthly income of...

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Snakebite victims too get compensation, reveals RTI -Vijay Pinjarkar

-The Times of India Nagpur (Maharashtra): With 505 snake bite cases reported by the Indira Gandhi Government Medical College & Hospital (IGGMCH) in the last 2.5 years, on an average 26 people suffer from injuries in a month. The number of cases may be even more if details from GMCH are received, says snake friend (sarpa mitra) Swapnil Bodhane, who had sought information under the RTI Act from both the government hospitals. While IGGMCH responded, GMCH is yet to reply. Of the 505 snake bite cases, 493 patients recovered while 12 died during treatment. People from rural areas are worst sufferers as of the total cases, 284 were recorded from rural areas. Snakes have legal protection under Schedule I to IV under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, but if people die of snake bites, they don’t get compensation like other wild animals. “The issue of compensation to snake bite victims has always been debated with...

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ILO: Strong wage policies are key to promote inclusive growth in India

-ILO News Despite real wage growth, inequality, informality and gender wage gap persist. New Delhi: While India’s economy in the past two decades has seen an annual average GDP rate of 7 % — low pay and inequality persist according to the India Wage Report: Wage policies for decent work and inclusive growth , published by the International Labour Organization. The NSSO estimates also indicate that the real average daily wage has doubled between 1993—94 and 2011—12. Wages have seen a faster growth for the most vulnerable categories including workers in rural areas, informal employment, casual workers, female workers and low-paid occupations. Nevertheless, there remain huge disparities. As per the Employment and Unemployment Survey (EUS) of National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), in 2011–12, the average wage in India was about 247 rupees (INR) per day, and the average wage of casual workers was an estimated INR 143 per day. Only a limited number of...

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Illegal forest land acquisition behind Kerala floods, says ecologist Madhav Gadgil

-Hindustan Times The ecologist said extensive stone quarrying and mushrooming of high-rises as part of tourism, and illegal forest land acquisition by private parties are the major reasons for the recent floods in the state. Pune: Ecologist Madhav Gadgil, founder of the Centre for Ecological Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, has described the floods in Kerala as a man-made disaster; a reaction to the illegal excavations, stone quarrying done over a decade. In an interview to Hindustan Times, Gadgil said, “Irresponsible environmental policy is to be blamed for the recent floods and landslides in Kerala. Extensive stone quarrying and mushrooming of high-rises as part of tourism, and illegal forest land acquisition by private parties are the major reasons for the recent floods in the state.” Most of the areas affected by this monsoon were once classified as ecologically-sensitive zones by the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel , also known as the...

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