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Thomas Piketty explains why he is helping Rahul Gandhi with minimum income guarantee -DK Singh

to the politics of income and wealth distribution,” Piketty said in an email response to ThePrint, confirming that he was helping the Congress frame the proposed MIG scheme. ThePrint had repoRTEd on 31 January, quoting top Congress leaders as saying that Piketty and Angus Deaton, the British economist who won the Nobel Prize in 2015, were advising the Congress on its poll promise. Deaton, however, denied it to ThePrint, saying that no one fro

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Maharashtra cane farmers wait for dues, offered sugar as currency -Partha Sarathi Biswas

n January 29 for the attachment of properties of 39 mills across the state for non-payment of FRP to farmers. Pune: With payment arrears to cane growers during the current crushing season that staRTEd last October at over Rs 4,800 crore already, cash-strapped sugar mills in Maharashtra have come up with a new formula to address the problem. They will, henceforth, pay about 20 per cent of dues in the form of sugar. This means that for every tonne o

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The budget has exposed the NDA government's nervousness -Yamini Aiyar

udence…. the general elections of 2014 have proved that you don’t need populism to win elections.” Five years later, as finance minister, Piyush Goyal, broke convention and conveRTEd an interim budget into a full budget, the turnaround is complete. Mindless populism is all that the NDA will go to the polls with. Fiscal prudence has been compromised in favour of pleasing every conceivable vote bank the NDA can appeal to. As Goy

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Not a single rural healthcare centre in 15 states meets govt's minimum quality standards -Himani Chandna

12 per cent) adhered to the norms while in case of CHCs, only 728 of the 5,600 follow basic standards. “Out of the total 36 states (29 states and seven union territories), 15 states have repoRTEd zero centres functioning as per IPHS norms,” the CPR report says. The list includes Telangana, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tripura an

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Why Universal Basic Income is Fraught With Serious Problems -Prabhat Patnaik

top-up scheme”, i.e, a scheme where certain segments of the population are given a certain amount of extra income support, on top of what they are already presumed to be earning, in order purpoRTEdly to bring them up to a certain minimum level of income. This was true of the Economic Survey discussion. And even Rahul Gandhi’s phraseology, namely “income guarantee”, suggests that he, too, has in mind a targeted income top-up sc

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There is so much confusion about the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana

mestead, according to Prof. Patnaik. The NSS report, however, says that 'less than or equal to 0.002 hectares' which is classified under 'landless' category, also includes plots where area is not repoRTEd. Please consult table-2, which shows that during the agricultural year July, 2012-June, 2013 the total estimated number of “non-homestead” “land-owning” households of size 0.002-0.005 hectare was 1,44,55,700 (viz. 1.45 cror

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Budget 2019: Behind Chest Thumping, Cuts in Welfare and Silence on Jobs -Subodh Varma

at the Budget papers reveal, however, is an unmitigated attack on a range of welfare schemes, especially those directed at dalits, adivasis, minorities, and a general slashing of funds for state suppoRTEd provision of education and healthcare. Instead, funds were made readily available for the discredited Ayushman Bharat type of insurance schemes, although even those are far from what was claimed. Hot Air for Farmers & Unorganised Sector Worker

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Interim Budget a 'big disappointment' for education sector: RTE forum national convenor -Madan Kumar

sector. He said the insufficient allocation for education sector shows the union government’s shrinking responsibility towards school education and implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act-2009. "The Budget again fails to provide the long pending demand of an investment of 6% of GDP on education. A mere allocation of Rs 38,572 crore (only negligible increase of Rs 6,238 crore from previous year) under National Education Mis

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The Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) -- Lesser than a Solution -Santosh Verma

fied National Agriculture Insurance Scheme (MNAIS) from the Rabi season 2010-11. The Scheme was launched on pilot basis in 50 districts of the country. Again, from the Rabi season 2013-14, the GoI staRTEd a new farmers’ insurance scheme – National Crop Insurance Programme (NCIP) through merging the MNAIS and WBCIS. But, on the request of the state governments, NAIS continued till the Rabi season 2015-16. Onwards the Kharif season 2016, the

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Dr. Himanshu, associate professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, interviewed by M Rajshekhar (

job creation but also about the worsening quality of jobs, says Himanshu, associate professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University. On Thursday, a political storm boiled over after Business Standard repoRTEd that, between 2017-’18, unemployment numbers in India reached a 45-year high. The newspaper based its report on a survey, conducted by the National Sample Survey Organisation, called the Periodic Labour Force Survey that the government had not

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