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Farmers and others -Christophe Jaffrelot

f the landless peasants have to leave their village, there is no need to help them to live there. Hence the fate of the MGNREGA. The MGNREGA was one of the most ambitious attempts at fighting mass Poverty in post-Independence India — it consisted in paying 100 days of minimum wages to any rural family affected by joblessness. Under Manmohan Singh, the state devoted large amounts of money to the MGNREGA, which represented upto 0.6 per cent of

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Govt unchains Ujjwala, LPG to reach all poor households

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: The Centre on Monday expanded the scope of its game-changer Ujjwala free LPG connection scheme to all poor households instead of BPL (below Poverty line) families identified by the 2011 socio-economic caste census and a set of other categories. Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan said the step approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs will lift LPG penetration to 100% households from 90% at present. He sa

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India must shift focus from food to nutrition security: IFPRI chief -TV Jayan

Hindu Business Line According to Shenggen Fan, India is suffering from the double burden of malnutrition, as well as over nutrition. New Delhi: If India has to contain high levels of hunger and Poverty in the country, it should shift its focus from food security to nutrition security, as done by Thailand and Bangladesh, said Shenggen Fan, Director General of the Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). “Ind

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She is the answer -Bina Agarwal

eem to recognise that Countries globally, including India, have agreed to fulfil the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), launched by the UNDP in 2016 as “a universal call to action to end Poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity”. Among the 17 goals and 169 targets to be achieved by 2030, SDG 5 on gender equality is seen as a key goal, both in itself and for achieving other goals. Many even c

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Prakash Singh, former IPS officer, interviewed by The Times of India

by the security forces had led to largescale arrests and surrenders of naxals in the 90s. Basic causes responsible for the growth and spread of naxalism were not addressed – issues relating to Poverty, unemployment, corruption, tribals’ rights – and therefore the movement resurrected, significantly, with greater vehemence every time. It would therefore be premature to write the obituary of the movement until the socio-economic cause

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The reality of rural electrification in India -Nikita Kwatra

ve been made to address them. Lack of affordable power also remains a major challenge, the authors say. Many power regulators provide concessionary tariffs to consumers who are identified as Below Poverty Line (BPL). But poor consumers not identified as BPL are excluded from these benefits. For them, the authors call for additional subsidy support and rationalized tariffs. They also highlight the need to hold distribution companies accountable for

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Single women seek monthly pension -Jagriti Chandra

e incomes are below the taxation limit and who don’t receive a pension from any other sources, representatives of NFSWR said at a press conference on Tuesday. They say that being from the below-Poverty-line should not be a criterion to determine eligibility for pensionary benefits. The collective of women’s rights groups has nearly 1.3 lakh women as members from across the country. More than 125 members from 13 States are in Delhi for t

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No Rafale, No Mandir. Only Bad Jokes: What Elections Look Like in India's Poorest District -Suhas Munshi

ething to do with it. Another reason could be the fact that it is the poorest district in India. Two months ago, a report put together by United Nations development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), found Alirajpur to be the poorest district in the country, with 76.5 per cent of the district below Poverty line. Alirajpur fares last on every quantifiable s

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Jean Dreze, development economist, interviewed by G Sampath (The Hindu)

oblems that I think success is too ambitious a term. I would prefer the term ‘progress’. One can think of many areas that are important. Health and education are paramount, elimination of Poverty, halting the growth of the communalism and irrationality that we see now. These are areas where we can aim for progress. * What you are saying seems disconnected from what most people want India to be. They want India to at least be a regional

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Get the model right: on state-sponsored insurance -Americai V Narayanan & Kavya Narayanan

, showed that nearly 65% of health-care expenditure in India is “Out of Pocket” (OoP). A report by the World Health Organisation has shown that around 3.2% of Indians would fall below the Poverty line because of high OoP health expenditure. Thus, a national health insurance scheme like the Ayushman Bharat is welcome. While the principle of insuring a vulnerable population is widely accepted, what is contentious is the model that the gov

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