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Issues in power subsidy and farm distress -Shripad Dharmadhikary, Sreekumar Nhalur & Ashwini Dabadge

ity supply to agriculture is on increased cross-subsidy burden on industrial and commercial consumers, massive financial outgo from the State government as direct subsidy, and deteriorating financial Health of the electricity distribution companies (discoms). Another thread is about cheap electricity leading to the unrestrained exploitation of groundwater. Not surprisingly, a major push of power sector reforms has been towards the elimination of su

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Aruna Roy, well-known social and political activist, interviewed by Jipson John and Jitheesh PM (

of institutions committed to addressing needs articulated by the people themselves. The MKSS is working with issues of survival—pensions, rations—and has been demanding that education and Health be ensured by the state. Democratic governance and the necessity of transparent delivery of services have forced us to look at, and view with deep concern, the non-participatory [nature of] and non-transparency built into processes like UID [unique

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Rhetoric no salve for farm distress -PP Sangal

vers, which come with a lot of riders, too. Two, and importantly, loan waivers limit the government’s resources for further development work, disrupt the credit cycle, and cripple the fiscal Health of an economy because a huge amount is spent on loan waivers and which goes down the drain. Currently, the total agricultural loans amount to Rs 10.5 lakh crore, while only 23% of this has been waived since 2014-15. Can the states afford this? A

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Govt forms Niti-led panel to monitor pricing of drugs -Rupali Mukherjee

oversee the drug pricing regime, a move which could clip the powers of drug pricing regulator, National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA). The Standing Committee on Affordable Medicines and Health Products will be headed by NITI Aayog member (Health), and includes chief economic adviser, besides secretary department of Health research, director general

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Go easy on potatoes, not proteins, international panel says -GS Mudur

-The Telegraph Not time yet for Indians to lose sleep on meat diet New Delhi: An international panel has released the first scientific targets for Healthy diets worldwide through sustainable food production that will require Indians to increase their protein consumption and curtail their intake of potatoes. The panel, the EAT-Lancet Commission, has determined that daily Healthy diets should conta

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States must compete with each other on the basis of good governance: NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman

quo;s rankings on social and economic parameters seriously,” he said while addressing a meeting at the Chennai International Centre here. Ranking of States based on parameters such as water, Health, nutrition and school quality education, among others, has paid dividends. District hospitals will also be included in the parameters list soon. NITI Aayog SDG India Index rankings have been accepted by all the States. “This is a huge chan

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Diets have to change, intake of nuts, fruits and veggies has to be increased: EAT-Lancet commission -Anuradha Mascarenhas

-The Indian Express The new daily dietary pattern of a planetary Health diet consists of approximately 35 per cent of calories as whole grains and tubers but also includes approximately 14 grams of red meat per day and 500 grams per day of vegetables and fruits. Pune: Can we eat in a way that works for our planet as well as our bodies, asks the EAT-Lancet commission that has brought together 37 experts from 16 countries to develop, for the fi

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One Egg per Student Proves 'Too Expensive' for Jharkhand Government -Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

ence of the commodity from the menu in most BJP-ruled states. The National Institute of Nutrition, which works under the aegis of the Indian Council of Medical Research under the Union ministry of Health and family welfare, made the provision of eggs compulsory in mid-day meals, as they are considered cheaper, safer, more nutritious and easier to procure than alternatives such as milk or bananas. Please click here to read more.

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Right to Food Campaign criticizes Jharkhand Government's move to reduce the number of eggs in School Midday Meals

w noteworthy steps taken by Jharkhand Government to improve child nutrition in the state. Jharkhand’s children are amongst the most malnourished in the country. According to the National Family Health Survey 4 conducted in 2015-16, 35.8 per cent children were underweight across the country. In Jharkhand, the corresponding ratio was as high as 47.8 per cent. Eggs are safe, affordable, tasty and an excellent source of protein and other nutrient

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Universal Basic Income can be funded by reducing subsidies to the rich -Pranab Bardhan

xes from the currently under-assessed and under-taxed property values. Only a quarter of the 10 per cent of GDP thus potentially mobilisable could go to UBIS; the rest can be spent on infrastructure, Health and education. This allows roughly a grant of about Rs 16,000 to each household. If, to start with, it is given only to women, it’ll halve the cost (in my earlier piece there are typos in the cost estimates given for UBIS for only women; the

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