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Planning Commission drafting reforms for NREGA

d flexible when it comes to timely wage payments and ensuring zero frauds.” In terms of the kind of work undertaken, Shah said links among implementation, environment, water resources and Livelihood guarantees have to be strengthened. “Productivity needs to be enhanced,” he said. “The success of NREGA will be complete when all workers are rehabilitated to their original Livelihood More »

India 65th on Global Hunger Index for 2009

malnourished people was rising as a result of recent events. “The current situation of food crisis, financial crunch and global recession has further undermined the food security and the Livelihoods of the poor,” it said. The index ranks countries on under-nourishment, prevalence of child malnutrition and rates of child mortality. It said 21 per cent of the Indian population was undernourished (between 2003 and 2005), 43

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Patta gift for Bonda tribals by Priya Abraham

lkangiri in Orissa are a jubilant lot these days, as they have finally become owners of land that they and their ancestors have been living on for years now. Cultivation being the main source of Livelihood for them, possession of these title certificates for forestland (pattas) where they have been residing meant much to the Bondas, Koyas and Didayis. As many as 5,113 tribals of different categories in the district have already received the

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Use Doha Round to Correct Past Mistakes of the WTO Regime by Bharat Dogra

rviving at less than $ 1 a day) live and work in rural areas either as small holder farmers or as agricultural labourers, this Report asserted that unfair trade practices systematically undermine the Livelihoods of these people, hampering progress towards the millennium development goals in the process. The HDR added: “The problem at the heart of the Doha Round WTO negotiations can be summarised in three words—rich country subsidies..

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The sorry plight of Khara tribals in M.P. by Mahim Pratap Singh

ts in most of rural India.Three years of drought and a barren, stony terrain make agriculture a difficult proposition here, except for a few patches of fertile land. This means that the only means of Livelihood for the 70-odd tribal households here is working as labourers in stone mines or migrate for work to neighbouring Shankargarh in Uttar Pradesh, which most of them have done. The land over which mining takes place belongs to the State Forest Depa

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Cycle rally for Bihar flood victims, 17th to 24th November, 2009

s to raise awareness about the huge loss to life and property caused by Kosi river flooding and other such natural calamities in Bihar during the recent times. Millions in Bihar have lost their Livelihoods and shelter due to the flood caused by the overflowing Kosi river in 2008. People have been forced to migrate to the nearby cities and towns and also to metropolitan cities for jobs and in search of Liveli

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RTI a ‘tool of governance’ in the hands of common man

er. The consultation highlighted the use of RTI as a “tool of governance” in the hands of the people to ensure that basic services and entitlements relating to health, education and Livelihoods are reached, leading to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and the National Development Goals. The convention came out with suggestions like request for the hearings of the appellate authorities to be taken to the village leve

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Swamped by debt, fishermen flee moneylenders in Sunderbans by Romita Datta

rdquo; At least 60,000 of Kultali’s 160,000 lakh people were dependent on fishing. Of them, around 50,000 are unemployed, says Haldar. In Sunderbans, almost 100,000 people have lost their Livelihood because the cyclone destroyed fishing lakes, says Haldar. The state’s irrigation department, which is responsible for the upkeep of the embankments, says it has so far spent Rs115 crore to repair the damaged embankments, and will no

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The winter of our austerity by P Sainath

s in a year they ran the globe into the ground. In fact, more CEOs got hikes rather than cuts in 2008, as an AFL-CIO study pointed out in April this year. In India, while millions lost their jobs and Livelihoods, CEOs didn’t fare too badly. (How can they, in a country where the Union budget alone gives the corporate world subsidies of Rs.700 crore every day in tax write-offs and concessions? See The Hindu, August 15, 2009). It wasn’t the m

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