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The budget has exposed the NDA government's nervousness -Yamini Aiyar

-Hindustan Times Fiscal prudence has been compromised in favour of pleasing every conceivable vote bank the NDA can appeal to What a difference five years make. In July 2014, when the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) unveiled its first full budget, finance minister Arun Jaitley made clear that the NDA was against “mindless populism”. “India,” he said in a media interaction, “has to make a choice between mindless

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Reclaiming the Republic: Civil society group sets agenda for poll

es not support universal basic income or cash transfer schemes. Urgent reforms The group has invited political parties to discuss the document on Friday. The Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal, and Nationalist Congress Party have so far agreed to participate. “We see the forthcoming Lok Sabha election as an opportunity to retrieve and, indeed, reclaim from manipulation and subversion, our legacy of the Republic. The situation today calls fo

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

e were 3,000 companies, then it was enough to deploy 2,700 for the polls even after retaining the 167 companies in Assam. Taking strong exception to the Centre’s submission that work on the National Register of Citizens in Assam will have to be suspended for a while in view of redeployment of central forces for the Lok Sabha elections, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi Tuesday said the “Home Ministry does not want NRC work to go on&r

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An appeasement Budget -Puja Mehra

For example, the debilitating impact of demonetisation on the informal sector that employs nearly 90% of the workforce had long been suspected on the basis of anecdotal evidence. The findings of the National Sample Survey Office’s surveys — leaked last week after they were approved by the National Statistical Commission — show that unemployment rose to a 45-year high in the demonetisation

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

nded that the government increase the amount of pensions to at least Rs. 2,500 per month and ensure payment of maternity entitlements of Rs. 6,000 per child without conditionality (as mandated by the National Food Security Act). Workers of several blocks submitted memorandums to the local administration with the above mentioned demands. NREGA Watch demands from all political parties that the rights of NREGA workers are reflected in their manifestos

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There is so much confusion about the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana

ssential to differentiate between 12.56 crore operational holding households (enumerated, as per the Agriculture Census) and 13.33 crore ownership holding households (estimated, as per the 70th round National Sample Survey report no. 571) pertaining to size upto 2 hectares. In his budget speech, the finance minister said that under the new programme landholding farmer families, having cultivable land upto 2 hectares, will be provided direct income

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A National register of exclusion -Harsh Mander

rightening cycle afresh. On February 2 and 3, I was in Guwahati listening to heart-breaking accounts from 53 people from 13 districts of Assam. This was as part of a people’s tribunal on the National Register of Citizens (NRC), along with Justice Venkate Gopala Gowda, Colin Gonsalves, Monirul Hussain and Sanjoy Hazarika. What emerged were numbing stories of unyielding official bias and arbitrariness, of the denial of elementary “due pro

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Can We Build a Home for the Homeless? - Tikender Singh Panwar

the country. According to the report, just nine billionaires own as much wealth as 50 per cent of the lower half of the population in the country. The top 10 per cent hold 77.4 per cent of the total National wealth. The 119 billionaires in the country add Rs 2,200 crore per day to their wealth. These startling figures make mockery of the principles and the growth trajectory in the country. However, the lowest in the ladder of the hierarchy of asse

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No unemployment data post-demonetisation: Labour Minister

-The Hindu Labour Minister replies to Parliament New Delhi: There is no data available on unemployment subsequent to the period of demonetisation, Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar told Parliament on Monday, in a written response to a question in the Lok Sabha. More than a third of the questions asked by Members of Parliament to the Labour Ministry on Monday were related to unemployment data. The Ministry held firmly to citing Labour Bureau surveys on unemployment, for which the latest

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The boundaries of welfare -Prabhat Patnaik

o;s electoral strategy is to win over the ‘intermediate classes’ while ignoring the poor. The Narendra Modi government has now carried its penchant for undermining institutions to the National budget itself. Not only has it treated what should have been an interim budget, as its tenure lasts barely two months into the new financial year, as a full-fledged budget, but it has also palpably refrained from applying its mind to several key

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