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In Muzaffarpur, AES is a grim reaper that stalks poor children -Ayush Tiwari

head to the nearest doctor. Sometimes the child dies on the way; at other times, he reaches the hospital but the treatment does not save him. The families too have identical profiles: lower caste, Poverty-stricken, landless, illiterate, living in kacha houses, and with kids that are half-clad and malnourished. The fathers are either peasants or labourers. The children do not go to school.   By the time Newslaundry met almost a dozen affecte

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New research shows positive association between adolescent pregnancy & under-nutrition among children

e fewer components of care than older first-time mothers. * Children born to adolescent mothers were less likely to achieve adequate diet and consume iron-rich foods. Intergenerational cycle of Poverty and under-nutrition could be tackled through policies and programmes that delay childbearing since such measures broadly affects multiple determinants of stunting among children below 5 years of age, says the research paper. Since India is one

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Stopping Muzaffarpur Child Deaths Will Require a Gender-Sensitive Social Analysis -Purnima Menon

t infants are breastfed and exclusive breastfeeding is high, other aspects of infant diets are abysmal and childhood illness is high. Other social determinants of malnutrition – early marriage, Poverty, open defecation and more – offer a case study in what one could call a “perfect storm” of risk factors. Children here appear to be born and grow up malnourished. This fact, and that some of these children and their families p

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Safety Net That Works -Shonar Lala

ction for the most vulnerable. But like all good things, expectations of the programme have ballooned — with some believing it could even enable most poor households in rural India to cross the Poverty line. Measured against such ambitious objectives, any workfare programme would most likely not live up to its expectations. But India has had relative success with workfare, with the Maharashtra Employment Guarantee Scheme being the most important

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Govt. to offer extra subsidised foodgrain -Dipak K Dash & Sidhartha

Currently, only 2.4 crore Antodaya families are entitled to the supply of subsidised sugar through the public distribution system. NFSA provides for a monthly quota of 5 kg foodgrain for all below Poverty line individuals at highly subsidised rate of Rs 1, 2 and 3 per kg for coarse grains, wheat and rice, respectively. Households covered under Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY), which is targeted at the poorest of the poor, are entitled to 35 kg per house

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See SDGs as a policy framework, not as a document -Amitabh Behar

enjoy freedom and practices tolerance without fear. National security is no doubt significant, but it cannot be the country’s political narrative. India is riddled with problems such as extreme Poverty, exploitation and inequalities, and does not need to look for enemies outside. The problems need to be dealt with on an urgent basis. It is imperative that the concept of development is well understood. For example, in our human development ind

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Anaemia is a public health emergency that needs to be addressed immediately -Alok Kumar & Vedeika Shekhar

ich dark green leafy vegetables has reduced from 64 per cent to 48 per cent of the population in the last decade. India has been able to dramatically reduce the number of people living in extreme Poverty from 306 million people living on less than $1.90 (on a PPP basis) a day in 2011 to 48 million today. However, it is puzzling as to why the country has been unable to show a similar dynamism in its record against malnutrition. Despite major govern

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It's about social justice, not welfare -Abusaleh Shariff and Mohsin Alam Bhat

on that was so entrenched and trans-generational that it could not be dismantled by either being blind to it, or only through welfare measures. The Court’s observation that reservations are not Poverty alleviation programmes should be interpreted in this light. Reservations are particularly ineffective for distributing economic benefits but more meaningful in distributing opportunities, as a matter of representation, among the marginalised class

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Why an industrial policy is crucial -Santosh Mehrotra

-The Hindu No major country has managed to reduce Poverty or sustain economic growth without a robust manufacturing sector The contribution of manufacturing to GDP in 2017 was only about 16%, a stagnation since the economic reforms began in 1991. The contrast with the major Asian economies is significant. For example, Malaysia roughly tripled its share of manufacturing in GDP to 24%, while Thailand’s share increased from 13% to 33% (1960

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Sunaina Rawat and the dilemma of Bharat -Richard Mahapatra

and fifth consecutive for regions such as Marathwada in Maharashtra and Rayalseema in Andhra Pradesh. On April 6, 2019 Prime Minister Narendra Modi arguably made his first mention of the word “Poverty” during the current poll campaign. And in a huge symbolic gesture, he made this mention in a public rally in Sonepur in Odisha, one of India’s poorest districts. Please click here to read more.

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