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Drought management for rural livelihood security

Loves a Good Drought (1996, Penguin), to all involved in taking the benefits of the drought relief programmes to rural families. Secondly, the Prime Minister in his Independence Day speech has Rightly emphasised the need to help farmers in their hour of distress, so that they can help the country to produce as much food as possible under the prevailing meteorological conditions. He has announced that the repayment of loans taken from banks will

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Panel wants PDS to go, cash-for-food to start

Is the government trying to shirk its responsibility of providing a social security net even as it contemplates a Right to food act? In a move that could undercut the very logic of UPA’s much-touted Right to food Act, the Planning Commission has recommended that the government do away with the public distribution system (PDS) and begin cash-for-food schemes instead. Running counter to the

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Taking goals of NREGA-I forward

0 years have been dependent on the munificence of the state . They have been implemented top-down, using labour-displacing machines and contractors who have customarily run roughshod over basic human Rights. NREGA is poised to change all that. And there is no doubt that its promise has charged the hearts and minds of the rural poor with unprecedented hopes and expectations. But the first three years of the programme have also shown that NREGA su

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Rajiv Sewa Kendras for NREGS soon

roject as the “core activity” apart from the ongoing works in the scheme. The proposal also includes a suggestion for appointment of permanent Lok Sewaks for “safeguarding the Rights of the workers as well as to compel the Gram Panchayats to abide by the legally normative processes” along with a proposal to push states for appointment of permanent staff specifically for NREGS The move follows the recommendations of

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Union Budget

holarship for children of those engaged in unclean occupation 4. Scholarship Schemes (Post and Pre-Matric) for SC, ST and OBCs 5. Support for machinery for Implementation of Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955 and Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989 6. National Programme for Persons with Disabilities 7. Scheme for providing Education to Minorities 8. Umbrella Scheme for education of ST children 9. Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana

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Key Facts

nd Education protected new agricultural innovations by filling 45 patent applications at Indian Patent Office (IPO) and the cumulative patent applications has now risen to 1,025. • 10 copyRight and 12 trademark applications were filed by ICAR for products and processes. After the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority notified new genera, applications for 135 vari

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Rural distress

l Participation •    When farmers were asked about their opinion on whether demonstrations, strikes, gheraos etc. are appropriate ways through which farmers can fight for their Rights, 67 per cent said yes they were appropriate, whereas only 7 per cent considered them to be inappropriate means. •    Most of the farmers said that price rise will be the most important issue for them when they go out to vote

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Forest and Tribal Rights

64,316 community claims) have been distributed. A total of 36,51,414 (87.15 percent) claims have been disposed off @@ • In the last 10 years, only 3 percent of the minimum potential of CFR Rights could be achieved. The laggard states in terms of implementation of CFR Rights (no or extremely poor performance) are Assam, Bihar, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Sikkim and Pun

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Right to Education

rastructure, School Management Committees, EWS admissions, Fees, Teacher availability and Quality of teaching. •    Every child of the age of six to fourteen years shall have a Right to free and compulsory education in a neighbourhood school till completion of elementary education* •    No child shall be liable to pay any kind of fee or charges or expenses which may prevent him or her from pursuing and com

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Right to Food

n to receive subsidised grains from government every month can be accessed from here.  In order to access the [inside]Shortcomings of the National Food Security Ordinance[/inside] (source: Right to Food Campaign, dated 1 August, 2013), please click here. [inside]Summary of the National Food Security Bill 2013[/inside] (revised version, as tabled in Parliament, 22 March 2013) can be accessed from here.  The revised version of

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