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Has NDA-II addressed India's housing challenge? -Sneha Alexander & Vishnu Padmanabhan

National Democratic Alliance has revamped the long-running Indira Awaas Yojana housing scheme but India remains a long way from Housing for All The quality of housing is the most visible aspect of Poverty. In India’s cities and villages, the poorest almost always live in makeshift or dilapidated homes, which can be bad for their health and hurt their productivity. Governments have long tried to address this through different housing policies,

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A festival of rash promises -Ashok Gulati

. But a political system must lead to policies that improve people’s welfare. The state’s first duty is to provide security to the lives and property of people. Next, it must eliminate Poverty, hunger, and malnutrition. The entire gamut of policies should work towards this fundamental objective. Our record on this front is mixed — the glass is only half full. That should be the central point of the debate in this election. Plea

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Limits of handout politics -Rama Bijapurkar and Rajesh Shukla

-The Indian Express Congress may be talking to economists and experts. But is it listening to the voter? Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s plan for a “surgical strike on Poverty” is built around some key numbers: Rs 12,000, the target minimum monthly income for a household; 5 crore households (amounting to 20 per cent of all Indian households); Rs 6,000, their average monthly earning; and therefore, Rs 6,000, the monthly amo

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Why is South Asia performing so badly on the SDGs? -CP Chandrasekhar and Jayati Ghosh

ess, the direction and pace of change towards meeting these goals is important. South Asia (and particularly India) was something of a laggard in meeting the MDGs, other than those relating to income Poverty – and if current trends are considered, the problems are even greater with respect to the SDGs. The most recent available data suggest that the regions is very far from being on track to achieve most goals, and in some cases and for certain

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Pathways to an income guarantee -Ram Singh

vernment can mobilise the required sum, is the scheme a good way of spending money on the poor? No. Many landless labourers, agricultural workers and marginal farmers suffer from multi-dimensional Poverty. Benefits of high economic growth during the last three decades have not percolated to these groups. Welfare schemes have also failed to bring them out of destitution. They have remained the poorest of Indians. Contract and informal sector workers

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Nyay scheme will 'remonetise' what Modi 'demonetised': Rahul Gandhi

tee a minimum income to the bottom 20 per cent families. The second is to remonetise the economy that has been demonetised by Modiji,” Gandhi told PTI. Claiming that the Congress’ anti-Poverty programme has left the ruling BJP in total disarray, Gandhi took potshots at PM Modi for announcing the demonetisation of high value currency notes in a surprise move in November 2016. He further said the scheme will not be implemented “rash

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Cong's minimum income scheme based on Amartya Sen's Poverty index -Kumar Anshuman

: “If BJP can waive off loans to the tune of Rs 3,16,000 crore of 10-15 industralists, our scheme is very much doable.” NEW DELHI: Congress Nyay scheme is based on Amartya Sen Index of Poverty. As per the index, among the poor there are several categories of very poor, poor and others. So the party is planning to provide for the gap. “Say, for example, there is a family with an income of Rs 4,000 or Rs 8,000 per month. The fami

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Wealth tax on top rich could fund Congress's plan for poor: paper -Seema Chishti

if the institute helped the Congress formulate the plan, Chancel said: “Not directly. We discussed the scheme and shared our results with Abhijit Banerjee (Professor at MIT and Director of the Poverty Action Lab) who has been discussing it with the Congress but we haven’t been in direct contact with them.” Please click here to read more.

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Will Congress's NYAY Really Mean Justice for the Poor? -Anjana Thampi and Ishan Anand

-TheWire.in Any policy that seriously intends to reduce Poverty and deprivation should increase social sector spending and look to universalise basic services. On Monday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi promised a minimum income guarantee scheme or Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) if voted to power in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The proposal involves a transfer of Rs 72,000 per year to 20% of the poorest families in India. He claimed that this

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There is a way to deliver a minimum income guarantee -- but Congress hasn't found it -Jayati Ghosh

lague much of India’s population, and particularly the most destitute. But, as presented, it is completely unworkable — and if the Congress is really serious about the goal of eliminating Poverty, it will have to think of a different way of reaching it. Consider the broad outlines of the scheme that was announced. The proposed minimum income has been set at Rs 12,000 per month. This is a remarkably high level, given that minimum wages i

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