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Climate Change Brings the Worst Locust Attack in Decades to India -Kabir Agarwal and Shruti Jain The attack is a highly irregular one, say experts. Farmers on the field feel that the measures taken were too little and too late. New Delhi/ Jaipur: Large swarms of desert locusts have entered areas in India where they had not been seen since 1993 and have already caused damage to crops in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, parts of Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. The migratory pest has made several incursions into Rajasthan...

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Supreme Court orders Centre and States to immediately provide transport, food and shelter free of cost to stranded migrant workers -Krishnadas Rajagopal

-The Hindu Court takes suo motu cognisance of migrant workers issue, sees inadequacies and lapses in dealing with the crisis. A three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court on may 26 said there have been “inadequacies and certain lapses” on the part of the Central and State governments in dealing with the migrant workers crisis during the lockdown. The court ordered the Centre and the States to immediately provide transport, food and shelter free...

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Whistleblower behind Gujarat HC order: ‘No PPE kit, mask, gloves… can be in big trouble’ -Ritu Sharma

-The Indian Express On SuNDAy, Health Minister Nitin Patel said the state government has “reviewed the High Court order and its observations” and “held a meeting to discuss and give a reply... next week.” Ahmedabad: ALL COVID patients are managed by junior resident doctors, with no senior professor on duty for rounds or emergency. Doctors on non-Covid duty are not given PPE kits, N-95 masks, or proper gloves. Not even 10 per...

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The need for a million worksites now -Jean Drèze

-The Hindu Averting a humanitarian disaster in India calls for an explosion of NREGA work in the next few weeks The abominable plight of migrant workers in recent weeks has invaded television screens and stirred the nation’s conscience. Alas, this is just the tip of the wave of hardships that is sweeping through the country. The situation looks increasingly alarming in the light of a series of surveys conducted by Azim Premji...

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Is repurposing MGNREGA the right way forward? -Ashwini Kulkarni and Pramathesh Ambasta

-The Indian Express MGNREGA is not the best instrument to help MSMEs in urban and rural areas. Mixing up its objectives can only lead to chaos with no value addition Newspaper reports suggest that a Group of Ministers (GoM) on employment, whose report is not yet available in the public domain, has made draft recommeNDAtions including some on MGNREGA. Their suggestions include merging MGNREGA with skill development programmes and using its funds...

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