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Budget 2019: Pension Scheme for Unorganised Workers Is Yet Another Illusion -Sudhir Katiyar

Number cards). “The workers will be assigned a unique identity so as to give them social security benefits including health insurance and old age pension,” the business newspaper Mint repoRTEd in February 2015, i.e. four years ago. BJP ministers held fairs and collected thousands of forms that are mostly gathering dust. The current scheme is likely to meet a similar fate. The Atal Pension Yojna, with features very similar to the new

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Whose data

period under review. Earlier, in November, the NITI Aayog had shepherded the much-delayed release of the GDP back series data after a change in the base year from 2004-05 to 2011-12. This, too, couRTEd controversy — on the role of the Aayog in the data release process and because the data from the Central Statistics Office, under the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, had trimmed the average growth during the UPA years and s

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430 Punjab Farmers Committed Suicide in One Year Since Loan Waiver Rollout

eme in January 2018. Four hundred thirty farmers and farm labourers with outstanding loans ranging between Rs 1-20 lakh committed suicide in the intervening one year period, the Indian Express repoRTEd. The data, which is based on revenue department and police records, as well as media reports, was provided by the farmer organisation Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan). Most of the farmers who committed suicide were from Mansa, Sangrur, Bathinda and

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India ends PISA boycott, signs pact with OECD

s. The then UPA government had blamed “out of context” questions for the poor show in 2009. The country, subsequently, chose to not participate in the 2012 and 2015 cycle. As first repoRTEd by The Indian Express on February 22, 2017, the HRD Ministry, under the NDA government, first revisited this decision in 2016. The Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), at the government’s behest, set up a committee to review the matter and its r

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How to boost women's workforce participation -Surbhi Ghai

ore recently, the government has taken a proactive stance for provision of child care for the organised sector women workers through the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017. The amendment has inseRTEd an additional section that provides for cre?che facility in every establishment having 50 or more workers. However, there are two important considerations that warrant the attention of policymakers. Firstly, the threshold for applicability of this

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Income transfer can ease farm distress -A Narayanamoorthy & P Alli

-The Hindu Business Line It scores over loan waivers as it benefits all farmers and gives them more control over the cultivation and sale of their produce There is an illusion across various quaRTErs that a one-time farm loan waiver can remove all the hardships farmers have been going through over the last 15 years or so. This illusion has been occupying more space in public discourse in recent months because of competitive politics and the fast

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Jean Dreze, the Belgian-Indian economist, interviewed by Ujjawal Krishnam (National Herald)

this sort of gamble. It is hard to think of any issue on which there is such wide agreement, almost a consensus, among leading economists. Those who support Demonetisation are mainly advisors or suppoRTErs of the Modi government. Obviously, they would hesitate to be critical. * How do you assess the attack on the RTI Act by the present government? So far, the attack is not so much on the Act as on the right to information itself. Rights like thi

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Maharashtra Farmers' Shattered Hopes in Onion Fields - Amey Tirodkar

week the photo of a farmer lying dead on the onion crop in his farm went viral on social media in Maharashtra, bringing the already deepening crisis of onion price into headlines again. Reactions staRTEd pouring in from all corners. The farmer was thirty-five years old Dnyaneshwar Shivankar, from Kandhare village of Nasik's Malegaon teshil. He had consumed poison as his crop got rotten in his farm shed. Dnyaneshwar is not alone. Eighteen farmer

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Farm loan waiver: Majority and poorest farmers do not benefit-a status check -Prasanna Mohanty

). What needs to be understood is that agrarian distress did not happen overnight. Niti Aayog's 2017 report, Doubling Farmers' Income,  and many such analyses, state clearly that the problems staRTEd after 1991-92 - until when both farm and non-farm sectors grew at the same level - and so requires a comprehensive approach to pull the sector out of the crisis. Here we take a look at some of the solutions being bandied about these days. Loan

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