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ADR survey shows that better employment opportunities, better Health care & drinking water are the top 3 priorities among Indian voters

ance on those issues, and (iii) factors affecting voting behaviour. The survey highlights the voters’ priorities on 31 listed issues like drinking water, electricity, roads, food, education, Healthcare, public transport etc. in their respective regions in terms of its capacity, governance and specific role in improving their living conditions. For assessing this, voters were asked to list their top five priorities. These voters’ priorit

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Few details, Rs 3.6 lakh crore-question: Will it be a top-up or subsidy tweak? -Aanchal Magazine

ltant fiscal burden. On a standalone basis, the proposed scheme, for 5 crore households, will add 1.9 per cent of GDP to the fiscal deficit and the projected outlay could be higher than India’s Health budget estimated at about 1.4 per cent of GDP. According to the Central Statistics Office, there were 24.95 crore households in India in 2011. If every household in the bottom 20 per cent is eligible for this income, this translates into a total

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Civil society networks urge political parties to go beyond election rhetoric

rity.” Swaraj India is one among the 30-odd civil society networks and people’s movements that are spearheading a campaign to bring ‘real issues’ — such as education, Health, farmers’ issues and jobs — back into electoral focus. Launched on Saturday, which was Shaheed Divas or Martyrs’ Day, the ‘Desh Mera, Vote Mera, Mudda Mera’ campaign held events in approximately 300 locations across th

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Lead in PVC pipes is poisoning India's drinking water, but govt's done nothing in 2 years -Malavika Vyawahare

rom industry. NGT demanded action in 2017 In May 2017, India’s apex environment court, the National Green Tribunal (NGT), said in its judgment that in view of “the potential adverse Health effects due to presence of lead in water flowing through PVC pipes”, action be taken “expeditiously”. It directed the environment ministry to set standards for the use of lead in PVC pipes within four months from May 2017, and

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Lack of Public Data, Rising Costs and Availability of Drugs Ail India's Immunization Project -Swati Dey

Forty years after immunization was introduced for the first time in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed representatives from 54 countries at the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) and cited the renamed Mission Indradhanush—it aims to immunize all children under the age of 2 years, as well as all pregnant women—as being “close” to his heart. But four years after its inception, the project is

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Only 26% of rural toilets use twin-leach pits, finds survey -Varun B Krishnan & Priscilla Jebaraj

-The Hindu Waste disposal from other toilets could turn into Health and environmental nightmare New Delhi: Over the last year, a government advertisement featuring film actors Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar has been preaching the benefits of the “do gadde” or twin-pit latrines, which would create valuable farm manure from human excreta. “Shauchalaya ka ashirvad,” proclaims Mr. Kumar in the advertisement produced by the

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PM Health scheme supports fraud: Congress

aim that over 10 crore families will get insurance cover up to Rs 5 lakh for a premium of only Rs 1,100 a year The Congress on Saturday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s much-hyped Health scheme, Ayushman Bharat, was built on the wrong foundation, allowed corporates and private hospitals to mint money and incentivised fraud. The party also dubbed false the government’s claim that over 10 crore families will get insurance co

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India needs policies to regulate 'bad food' and produce food sustainably, say experts at National Conclave on Food

the crisis of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and non-communicable diseases (NCDs).Apart from policymakers and regulators from the Centre and some states, the delegates and panelists represented human Health, animal Health, agriculture, nutrition, research and academia, food industry, farmers and civil society.   Setting the context to the discussions, Chandra Bhushan, deputy director general at CSE,

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With Health Ministry arms not on same page, who will give a helping hand to these cancer patients? -Maitri Porecha

-The Hindu Business Line Govt’s Wellness Centres have identified over 37,000 patients, but can they be treated under Ayushman Bharat with their data not shared with NHA? The Union Health Ministry has identified thousands of new cancer patients, but is unable to treat them. Reason: Its own departments are not coordinating among themselves, and the patients are left high and dry. On February 21, the Ministry released startling statistic

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