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SC bench observes apathy for legal provisions under NFSA by state govts.SC bench observes apathy for legal provisions under NFSA by state govts.

Will you go and make complaints to the same public official against whom you have a grievance? Of course not. However, in a judgement dated 21 July, 2017 by a two-judge Supreme Court (SC) bench, it has been observed that officers in charge of implementation of the National Food Security Act (NFSA), were also designated as District Grievance Redressal Officers (DGROs) by several state governments. Section 15 of NFSA The SC bench comprising Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice NV Ramana asked for appointment details of independent DGROs from the concerned Chief Secretaries of various states as per Section 15 of the NFSA, that is to say persons independent of those against whom complaints are made and persons who are not subordinate to the officers against whom complaints are made.   Since no rules had been framed as per Section 15 of the NFSA for the appointment or designation of the DGRO nor...

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In value terms, country produces more dung as compared to beef or porkIn value terms, country produces more dung as compared to beef or pork

A recent one-liner about the achievement of the present Central government goes like this: bovine has become ‘divine’ during NDA’s rule. But why do such jokes originate? Media reports suggest that unprecedented aggression has taken place during the recent months in the name of the peaceful looking animal – cow. Mob lynching and killings by fringe groups have been reported from various parts of the country, especially targeting Muslims and dalits for slaughtering, carrying, consuming or skinning cow/ cattle, dead or alive. The violence surrounding beef consumption and transportation of cattle across states has reached a new proportion during the last 2-3 years. In this context, the Inclusive Media for Change team has made an attempt to find the following facts related to India’s livestock economy: * The latest available data from government’s own National Accounts Statistics 2017 (NAS) show that ‘milk group’ outweighed ‘meat’ in terms of its proportion...

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Declining bank credit indicates poor economic performanceDeclining bank credit indicates poor economic performance

Apart from gross domestic product (GDP) and gross value added (GVA), another indicator which shows whether an economy is thriving or stagnating is the growth in bank credit. Credit is a critical input in the production of goods and services. It is generally the case that during prosperous times, economic actors, who are engaged in different sectors or in various industry, take up bank loans to invest. The provisional data provided along with a press release from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) dated 30 June, 2017 reveals that in the fortnight ended 26 May, 2017, the year-on-year gross bank credit grew by just 3.5 percent. However, in the fortnight ended 27 May, 2016, the year-on-year growth rate in gross bank credit was at a much higher level i.e. 8.0 percent. Please see chart-1. Therefore, a falling growth in bank credit may imply that the Indian economy is not doing...

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It's time to give priority to women's work participationIt's time to give priority to women's work participation

MG Road is seldom considered as a safe place for working women who travel for work to either Gurgaon or Delhi. Almost everyday untoward incidents related to molestation, sexual harassment, kidnapping or rape that occur here are reported in various NCR-based newspapers. Clearly, safety of women office-goers and female workers is one of the major determinants of their (low) labour force participation, even in urban locations like Gurgaon or Delhi. The latest issue of the India Development Update from the World Bank, (released on 29 May, 2017) spells out such constraints, which deter women to join the labour force. According to the same document, low labour force participation (LFP) of women in the economy impose constraints on a country’s economic growth, women’s empowerment, and the outcomes for its children (in terms of nutrition, education and health, among other things). Please click here to access the World Bank document. The report entitled...

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No clear-cut trend in economy going cashlessNo clear-cut trend in economy going cashless

Paytm's founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma was in the news recently for signing a deal to purchase a Rs. 82 crore worth property in Lutyens’ Delhi. He is credited with the growth of Paytm's mobile wallet services, which is currently being used by over 220 million users across the country. Although Paytm was launched in 2010, the popularity of its mobile wallet services and payment gateway among the ordinary citizens grew several folds only after 8 November, 2016 i.e. when the government banned currency notes of denomination Rs. 500/- and Rs. 1000/-. Following demonetisation, there has been a push on the part of the officialdom to move towards a digital economy, from the existing cash-based economy. A look at the data pertaining to electronic payments (through various modes), which is provided by the Reserve Bank of India, would reveal the following facts: * The total volume of digital transactions in the economy reached...

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