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Sustaining India: Is There Anything to Choose Between BJP and Congress? -Ashish Kothari

rammes remains economic growth. For some reason, every major political party in India still relies on the outdated myth that high rates of GDP growth will magically translate into jobs, environmental security, and much else. This is not surprising coming from the Congress; it was after all the one that ushered in economic liberalisation and globalisation in 1991, with macro-economic policy shifts that have not generated substantial net new employme

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No change in MGNREGA wage rates observed between 2018-19 and 2019-20 for 4 states & 2 UTs

only 59 percent. The CPI-Rural also provides for higher expenditure on education, medical care and transport and communication.   Against the backdrop of the enactment of National Food security Act in 2013, the rate of inflation of CPI-AL (1986-87=100) and CPI-RL (1986-87=100) will be lower vis-à-vis the inflation rate of CPI-Rural (2012=100) in the recent years. It is because the former two indices give higher weights to food, b

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Driving the poor man's ascension into a progressive state from a poverty-stricken one -Sandeep Vempati

Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights is comprehensive. It defines poverty as a human condition characterised by sustained or chronic deprivation of the resources, capabilities, choices, security and power necessary for the enjoyment of an adequate standard of living and other civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights. Fortunately, all the definitions on poverty converge on upholding human rights. A compassionate Narendra

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New forest law would put framers of the colonial act to shame -Anup Sinha

ity conserved for future generations. Sustainable development also entails that the present generation does not suffer in the process. There is a persistent tension between present demands and future security. In India for centuries, forests have been used by human beings for a variety of purposes — from habitat to a store of food to sources of livelihood. Anywhere between 100 million to 300 million people, mostly tribes, live in and around fore

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Prevalence of Undernourishment in Indian States: Explorations Based on NSS 68th Round -Vikas Rawal, Vaishali Bansal & Prachi Bansal

-Economic and Political Weekly Prevalence of undernourishment, a measure developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization, is a key indicator for global hunger and food insecurity targets. The FAO has developed a sound conceptual model for estimating the prevalence of dietary energy deficiency. However, the estimation methodology of the prevalence of undernourishment has been a subject of much debate. Important modifications are suggested in th

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MS Swaminathan, father of Green Revolution, interviewed by Jitheesh PM & Jipson John (

eeds. If I am a rice-eating person, in Punjab for example, farmers grow Basmati rice. Even if the yield is a little less, they want to have good rice. Land use policy will be one for sustainable food security and sustainable agricultural trade, agricultural income. * India has been seeing unprecedented farm suicides after the adoption of economic liberalisation policies. How do free trade agreements and deregulation of import restrictions affect fa

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Why income transfers are not enough -Harsh Mander

me is an idea whose time has come. Temperatures are rapidly warming up in what promises to be a blistering summer of India’s electioneering. Amidst the belligerent grandstanding on national security and the communal messaging barely below the surface, Rahul Gandhi’s announcement of a minimum income guarantee scheme came as a relief, if only because it tried to steer the public discussions to the struggles of India’s poorest peopl

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RTI Act supersedes official secrets law -Krishnadas Rajagopal

Public interest prevails, says judge New Delhi: The Right to Information Act confers on ordinary citizens the ‘priceless right’ to demand information even in matters affecting national security and relations with a foreign state, Justice K.M. Joseph observed in his separate judgment in the Rafale case. Justice Joseph was countering the claim made by the government for privilege over Rafale purchase documents under the Official Secret

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Odisha Has Several Good Schemes To Boost Nutrition, But Govt Must Ensure None Is Left Out: Expert

s to pregnant women and lactating mothers to provide iron and folic acid supplements, but the adolescent girls - who are the future mothers - get left out. He outlined that under the National Food security Act 2013, three important schemes, the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS), the Mid Day Meal Scheme and the ICDS, are being implemented and being monitored by the Commission. The TPDS has 80 percent coverage in Odisha, while the MDMS is re

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MS Swaminathan, father of Green Revolution, interviewed by Vishwanath Kulkarni (The Hindu Business Line)

fferent forms, such as free inputs, for instance, good seeds or fertiliser. Incomes could also be enhanced through higher purchases of the produce by the government to meet commitments under the Food security Act. You can have free inputs and subsidised inputs or provide low-interest loans. I won’t say there’s one policy that’s relevant for the whole country. For horticulture crops, you need cold storage. We need to have a Horticu

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