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Moving away from 1% -Soumitra Ghosh

s on the development front. Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bhutan now have better health indicators than India, which has puzzled many. How could these countries make the great escape from the diseases of Poverty earlier than their much bigger neighbour? India’s health achievements are very modest even in comparison to large and populous countries such as China, Indonesia or Brazil. Clear trends Therefore, it is imperative to understand why Ind

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Aruna Roy, well-known social and political activist, interviewed by Jipson John and Jitheesh PM (

ly affluent community lead to mortgaging and then surrendering of land. The MKSS has also been involved with the crisis resulting from social-political injustice afflicted on people. The economics of Poverty affects the receipt and delivery of justice. Democratic India has tried to tackle this very knotty issue from the bottom up. Controls over community land, access to justice for women, and ensuring the delivery of all government services have been

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Rhetoric no salve for farm distress -PP Sangal

s of the recently-held elections in the three states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, a question is being asked whether farm loan waivers are the right strategy to combat farmers’ Poverty? It has now been realised, by all rightly thinking persons, that loan waivers are only an election stunt and not a solution to alleviate farmers’ Poverty on a permanent basis. There are two main r

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India's richest 1% get richer by 39% in 2018; just 3% rise for bottom-half: Oxfam

-PTI At Davos, Oxfam said this increasing inequality is undermining the fight against Poverty, damaging economies and fuelling public anger across the globe Indian billionaires saw their fortunes swell by Rs. 2,200 crore a day last year, with the top 1 per cent of the country’s richest getting richer by 39 per cent as against just 3 per cent increase in wealth for the bottom-half of the population, an Oxfam study said on Monday. Globa

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The SDG India Index -- Can bold global ambition be translated into effective ground reality? -Mitu Sengupta

od start, but future developments will need to be watched with a critical eye. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an ambitious declaration of global aspirations, ranging from eliminating Poverty, hunger, and violence against women to providing legal identity and equal access to justice to every person in the world. Adopted unanimously by the 193 UN Member States in September 2015, the SDGs are meant to guide global development efforts for

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Indian women and the aspiration for equality: a Niti Aayog report -Manashi Sengupta

stainable Development Goals as the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. The global target year for reaching the goals is 2030. The 17 goals address challenges related to Poverty, inequality, climate and peace and justice. They are also interconnected to each other. The SDG India Index, 2018, is the first attempt to score states and Union Territories on sustainable development indicators. While doing that, the Niti Aayo

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Universal Basic Income can be funded by reducing subsidies to the rich -Pranab Bardhan

rticle. There are reports that the ruling party in Sikkim has announced UBIS in its election manifesto, and, more intriguingly, the Centre is considering such a measure “for people below the Poverty Line”. The latter is a contradiction in terms: UBIS is an unconditional grant to all citizens, not just to the poor — that’s what “universal” means. As I wrote in my earlier piece, many people, who are much above the

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After 10% quota, Govt plans basic income for poor, aid for farmers -Amitav Ranjan

-The Indian Express The 2017 Economic Survey had flagged the UBI scheme as “a conceptually appealing idea” and a possible alternative to social welfare programmes targeted at reducing Poverty. With its legislation on a 10 per cent quota for the general category poor in jobs and education getting parliamentary backing in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP-led government is now exploring the possibility of providing direc

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PS Krishnan, former secretary to government of India, interviewed by Hridayesh Joshi (

says, violates the Constitution and may not withstand judicial scrutiny. Speaking to The Wire, Krishnan said the Constitution did not envisage reservation provided by to SC and ST communities as a Poverty alleviation programme. The economically backward upper castes do not need reservation, he says. They need scholarships, education loans, skill development assistance and other welfare schemes. * How do you react to the government’s decisi

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