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Father of green revolution no more with us
January 1, 1970

World leaders have mourned the sudden demise of Norman E Borlaug on 12 September, 2009 in Texas, United States. He was 95. He is remembered for his role in bringing green revolution technology that increased food production in ‘hunger’ belts of the world during the 1960s and 1970s. His contribution to India’s self-sufficiency in foodgrain production is well-known. It is his work that earned him the popular title of the ‘father’ of the Green Revolution. Borlaug’s earlier work in the 1940s with the Mexican Government in a Rockefeller Foundation programme involved breeding wheat crops that were immune to wheat rust that had devastated crops there. He was a guide and a personal friend to many of the agricultural scientists from India, Pakistan and Indonesia whom he trained at International Maize and Wheat Development Centre (CIMMYT, http://www.cimmyt.org/) based in Mexico. He worked closely with the World Food Programme (WFP) of Food...

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It is raining Environment Reports!
January 1, 1970

India has recently witnessed the release of two important environment reports just before the Copenhagen Summit to be held in December, 2009. The National State of the Environment India (SoE) Report 2009 was launched on 11 August, 2009 by Minister of Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh. Another report titled United Nation’s World Economic and Social Survey (WESS) Report 2009 was released in early September, 2009 by Sunita Narain, Director, Centre for Science and Environment in New Delhi, India. Some critics have found the reports as old wine in new bottles.      The SoE Report 2009 has been prepared by Development Alternatives with active support of the Ministry of Environment and Forests. It covers the state and trends of the environment (land, air, water, biodiversity) and five key issues namely, Climate Change, Food Security, Water Security, Energy Security, and Urbanization. The Ministry initiated the SoE reporting process with all State Governments and...

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Richer states, poor performance, in reducing malnutrition
January 1, 1970

We normally assume that malnutrition is a disease of the poorer states, which the richer states are in the process of curing. It now transpires that malnutrition among women and child undernourishment, two essential markers of human development, are rampant in richer states as well. States with high per capita incomes such as Gujarat and Haryana have performed poorly in transforming the growth they have experienced into the well-being of women and children. For instance, the fourth highest prevalence rate of underweighted children is in Gujarat (47.4%), according to a close scrutiny of the National Family Health Survey-III among children below 3 years. The state also has the third highest prevalence of the rate of stunted growth among children of the same age group. Haryana (35.9%) too has confronted a relatively higher prevalence of stunted growth among infants. In contrast, states like Kerala (21.1%), Manipur (24.7%), Punjab (27.0%) and Tripura...

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Information delayed is Information denied
January 1, 1970

Rajasthan’s Chief Information Commissioner, Mr. MD Kaurani, had to beat a hasty retreat when he came to face the information seekers at a packed social audit event at the auditorium of the Humanities Department of Rajasthan University in Jaipur on Monday. The hall was packed to capacity with people who had gathered there to voice their grievances in the presence of the Commissioner.   The biggest complaint of the information seekers, who had filed their petitions against non-compliance by the government babus was that the Commission has not been serious about its duties. The charge against him: short working hours of his office. It turned out that the Information Commissioner’s office is enjoying extraordinarily brief working hours despite a huge pile of petitions and complaints. A suggestion paper prepared by Suchana Ka Aadhikar Manch said that the Commission should work from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. instead of current practice of working...

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Sad demise of YSR a blow to rural development
January 1, 1970

The tragic demise of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy is a blow to the rights approach to development in India. YSR, as the medical doctor-turned-CM was popularly known, was a pioneer of at least one hundred path breaking rural schemes such as the NREGS and old age pensions that were offered to the poor not as dole but as a matter of right. For records, the first pilot of the new avatar of the NREGS was conducted in Anantpur, one of the state’s poorest and most backward districts, before it was introduced in 200 districts in 2005 and then extended countrywide two years later. It was his election winning two-rupees-a-kilo rice scheme which later entered the Congress manifesto everywhere and eventually became the model for distribution of food grains under the proposed Right to Food scheme. His rural health scheme for the BPL families, Arogyam, which allows...

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