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Centre gets earful from CJI for saying halt NRC during Lok Sabha polls

m, told the bench of CJI Gogoi and Justice R F Nariman that the NRC exercise may have to be suspended from the last date for withdrawal of nominations till two weeks after the date of polling because security forces have to be redeployed. They also said that the political atmosphere is likely to be highly surcharged in view of the polls and may not be conducive for hearing NRC cases. The bench was told that 167 companies of central armed forces dep

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An appeasement Budget -Puja Mehra

the National Statistical Commission — show that unemployment rose to a 45-year high in the demonetisation year. The note ban, these findings suggest, has caused severe distress. Some social security To reach out to the segment worst hit, the Interim Budget announced the Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Mandhan for unorganised sector workers with monthly incomes of less than Rs.15,000. With a token allocation of Rs.500 crore, a direct benefit tra

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MGNREGA workers in Jharkhand demand increase in wages and number of days of guaranteed work

Sahyog Kendra, Chhattarpur, Palamu demanded that these groups be paid on a daily basis instead of quantum of work. Stressing on their socio-economic rights, he also demanded for comprehensive social security including maternity benefits, life insurance, health benefits, provident fund, gratuity and right to quality education for their children. Addressing workers in Manika, James Herenj, Convenor of Jharkhand NREGA Watch said that NREGA can change

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The NDA must pull back on the citizenship amendment bill

its own in the Upper House. This actually creates room for a rethink on the amendment itself. This proposal is constitutionally suspect and politically dangerous. It also jeopardises the internal security environment, can deepen social cleavages and goes against the tenets of Indian nationhood. Here is why. For one, the basic principle of the constitutional order on which the Indian State runs is that there shall be no discrimination on the bas

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Rs. 500 crore for pension for unorganised labour -Priscilla Jebaraj

he benefit within the next five years. “Half of India’s GDP comes from the sweat and toil of 42 crore workers in the unorganised sector…We must provide them comprehensive social security coverage for their old age,” said Finance Minister Piyush Goyal, while announcing the scheme in Parliament. However, the Budget documents show that an existing pension scheme, which already benefits more than 3 crore poor people who are

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

ernment, much like the Shramev Jayate programme that was launched with much fanfare for this very category of workers. Under the scheme, all the unorganised sector workers were to be issued social security cards (UWIN, or Unorganised Workers Identification Number cards). “The workers will be assigned a unique identity so as to give them social security benefits including health insurance and old ag

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

the need for comprehensive support to the farm sector, for instance in the form of credit, insurance, connectivity, marketing, scientific knowledge, irrigation facilities, veterinary services, social security, human capital and more. In most of these fields, the market mechanism is not particularly effective, and some form of public action is required. The market mechanism, of course, is even less effective in ensuring any sort of equity or sustain

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Over 18 million jobs created in 15 months till Nov 2018: Central Statistics Office report

many as 1,84,38,748 new members joined the ESI scheme run by ESIC during the 15 months until November 2018, showed the Central Statistics Office (CSO) study based on payroll data of different social security schemes. The CSO study released on Friday showed that as many as 1,79,34,300 new members joined the social security schemes run by the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) during Sept

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Dietary diversity, behaviour change in Indians key to better health and environment -Sahana Ghosh

At the same time, factoring in the right kind of animal farming practices such as those practised by traditional pastoralists and small scale farmers, is crucial. For India to balance nutritional security and environmental protection, improving the quality of vegetarian diets to incorporate greater diversity remains a challenge, a section of experts have said in the wake of the launch of a report on a proposed planetary health diet. The finding

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Chhattisgarh watershed project promises better income for small farmers

rehensive account of the people, land, water and forest resources in that area and makes planned interventions. According to Pradan, the watershed project in the state will lead to year-round food security for about 76 per cent of the families and an increase in earning in the range of Rs 15,000-25,000 per annum. For the project, a consortium of 13 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) will facilitate land and water treatment measures in 26 blocks

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