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Solar pump scheme needs serious relook -Chandra Bhushan

ves—of this rapid transition? Let me start by acknowledging that the scheme is good to increase farmers’ income in the short term. As solar power is cheaper than diesel, in states like Bihar, where farmers largely use diesel pumps, off-grid solar pumps will reduce the cost of irrigation significantly. This will allow farmers to grow more crops, even the water-intensive ones, at a lower cost of cultivation, thereby increasing income.

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NRC and the work permit formula -Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty

is of political consensus. While Congress has never backed the idea, the BJP always has. Speaking at an election rally in the Bengali dominated Silchar town of Assam in May 2001, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee said that his government was considering such a formula for suspected foreigners who could not be evicted due to a host of legal and constitutional problems. Did he then refer to a need for India to formulate a migration policy vis-à

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Linking farmers to futures market in India -Tirtha Chatterjee, Raghav Raghunathan and Ashok Gulati

, themselves need to upgrade their knowledge and skills about functioning of futures trading. Government policy and NCDEX both can help them in this direction; (4) Government initiatives like that of Bihar and Rajasthan can help scaling the efforts of linking FPOs to futures markets in other regions, (5) There could also be learning from small holder dominated agriculture of China, that has provided state support in linking farmers to futures, and hel

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Is Jammu and Kashmir underdeveloped as stated by Amit Shah? -Vignesh Radhakrishnan & Sumant Sen

erved by one government doctor in J&K in 2018. Only six States have had lesser people served by one doctor. The best State was Delhi (2,203 people per government doctor) while the worst State was Bihar (28,391 persons served by one government doctor). Rural unemployment rate Jammu and Kashmir was placed 21st for rural unemployment rate in 2011-12. Out of every 1,000 people, 25 were unemployed in the rural areas of J&K. The best State was

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The roots of India's deepening rural water crisis -Sneha Alexander & Vishnu Padmanabhan

is the shortfall that IMD is considering lowering what is considered the normal level of rain by 2cm. Some regions have been hit harder by the change in rainfall patterns. Parts of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra, for instance, have seen a significant shortfall in rainfall over the last decade compared to historical averages. Even in regions, such as Uttarakhand, where average rainfall has increased—this could be driven by

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India moving: In the times of NRC, a look at where the migrants fit in -Ravish Tiwari

mmer. In Maharashtra, the BJP’s clever distancing from the Shiv Sena and its anti-migrant rhetoric before the 2014 Assembly elections was directed as much at its vote banks in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, as the migrant settlements in the Pune-Nashik-Mumbai-Thane urban conglomeration. The gamble paid off, when the BJP, contesting all 60 seats in Mumbai-Thane for the first time, won more seats than the Sena here. Even in national capital Delhi, th

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Outgoing migration beats incoming: Census report -Shoeb Khan

Hanumangarh. Of Jaipur’s 3.32 lakh inward population, over 1.7 lakh came from Uttar Pradesh and 90% of them settled in urban areas. The second highest section of population of 40,000 came from Bihar and Haryana, followed by West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh. Please click here to read more.

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What the 2011 census data on migration tells us? - Abhishek Jha and Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa

d distance is a critical factor in determining the gender gap in migration for work and education. New Delhi: India’s migration patterns are skewed on more than one count. Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have a disproportionately high number of out-migrants, while migrants constitute more than one-third of the population in metros like Delhi and Mumbai. Most women migrate due to marriage, and distance is a critical factor in determining the gende

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India on the move: What data from Census 2011 show on migrations -Shyamlal Yadav

Census data show. The bulk of the migration takes place within individual states. Census 2011 data on migration released last week show Maharashtra had more migrants from Madhya Pradesh than from Bihar, and Gujarat had almost double the number of migrants from Rajasthan than from Bihar. Data from Delhi show only 2,321 persons declared Bangladesh as their last place of residence. Over 1.17 lakh said P

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There's a 'Bizarre', Incomplete Logic to Amended RTI Act -Wajahat Habibullah

ance (NDA) government which had initiated the process for a law that would govern a citizen’s right to know. The Freedom of Information Act, 2002, floated during the term of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, was the precursor to the Right to Information or RTI Act, which was passed in Parliament in 2005. The current NDA government, in its third term in office, is trying to encroach upon the very right that citizens have got as part of a pr

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