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Ashok Dalwai, CEO, Doubling Farmers' Income Committee, interviewed by Rajalakshmi Nirmal (The Hindu Business Line)

t prices and the higher cost of farm inputs. In an interview, Ashok Dalwai, CEO, Doubling Farmers’ Income Committee, talks about the various measures the Centre is taking to ensure it is on the Right track and reaches its target by 2022. According to him, things are getting better for farmers at the ground level. * How far are we from doubling the income of farmers? The target was to double the income of 2015-16 by 2022-23. In the last five y

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Kendriya Vidyalaya admissions: 20-fold surge under HRD Minister quota -Shyamlal Yadav

-The Indian Express This is according to data obtained from the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), which oversees all KVs in the country, by The Indian Express under the Right to Information Act (RTI). Admissions to Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) across the country under the discretionary quota of the Minister of Human Resource Development (HRD) in 2018-19 have surged more than 20-fold compared to 2014. And admissions to KVs under the Minister&rs

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Toilet targets: On ending open defecation

nd create the infrastructure to manage solid and liquid waste in every village. This is a long road, and the Central government can hope to achieve sustainable outcomes only if it prioritises citizen Rights and community participation. The campaign has erred in its approach in many instances, opting for coercive methods that produce dreadful consequences. Development literature makes it clear that bringing one set of freedoms to people, including m

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Odisha Rights panel seeks report on distress labour migration

-The Hindu A full Bench directs the Labour Secretary to file a comprehensive report on the issue by October 28 BHUBANESWAR: A full Bench of the Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) on Monday took suo motu cognizance of distress labour migration from the State and directed the Labour Secretary to file a comprehensive report on the issue by October 28. The full Bench of the OHRC, comprising chairperson Justice Bimala Prasad Das and members J

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India's generous maternity leave policy fails to cover 99% of women who need it -Manavi Kapur

r than most of their developed-world peers, but the country’s maternity laws may be just token gestures. In 2017, the country passed the Maternity (Amendment) Bill that increased the Right to paid maternity leave for working women from 12 weeks to 26 weeks – the third highest in the world. Yet, there is a catch – the law is applicable only to those who work in a company with at least 10 employees. This is just a

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Leaning on the states -M Govinda Rao

quo; has triggered some suggestions on the need to have a relook at the assignment system and redesign of centrally sponsored schemes (CSS). In an interesting article, Bibek Debroy (IE, September 22) Rightly states that the Seventh Schedule is not cast in stone and that if the Union government is required to contribute to CSS in the State List, why should states not contribute to items in the Union List like defence. He also states that any restructur

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Inequality of another kind -Sumeysh Srivastava

-The Hindu Why the Right to Internet access and digital literacy should be recognised as a Right in itself Recently, in Faheema Shirin v. State of Kerala, the Kerala High Court declared the Right to Internet access as a fundamental Right forming a part of the Right t

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In arid Beed, an oasis of hope and support for children from distressed families -Kavitha Iyer

region to region, and we looked anew at our home district, the acute water scarcity, the annual migration of sugarcane labourers, the acute poverty on our farms, and we realised that our calling was Right here, not in Baba Amte’s Anandwan in Chandrapur,” says Deepak. When they surveyed nearby villages, it was apparent that education was one of the biggest casualties of the cycle of drought, poverty, migration and continuing backwardnes

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Women don't have absolute Right to terminate pregnancy, Modi govt tells Supreme Court -Debayan Roy

o raise time period for terminating pregnancy from current cap of 20 weeks to 26 weeks New Delhi: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has told the Supreme Court that a pregnant woman’s Right to abort is not “absolute”, while making clear the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 shall make legal access “easier for vulnerable women” desiring terminations. The union health ministry’

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