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How electrification empowers Indian women -Nikita Kwatra

as demand for electricity rapidly increases will be key not only for India’s economic growth but also in empowering women in rural areas, according to a new World Bank study. In the study, HuSSAin Samad and Fan Zhang analyse data from the 2011-12 India Human Development Survey, covering more than 40,000 households and 200,000 individuals, and find that access to electricity is associated with significant improvement in women empowerment. T

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Squeeze on jobs -TK Rajalakshmi

es the government’s policy approach to labour which, it says, is based on the premise that “informality” with regard to job and income security (informal self-employment) is not neceSSArily undesirable. Please click here to read more.

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FSSAI rules for organic farmers 'pushing them out of business' -Meenakshi Sushma

-Down to Earth Farmer organisations, companies say concerns not addressed The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India's (FSSAI's) organic food labelling policy has created an adverse reaction at the ground level. The idea was introduced on July 1, 2018 to support farmers and help consumers identify authentic organic produce, but labelling has pushed many farmers out of business. The certification process is tedious and costly, and the

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Driving the poor man's ascension into a progressive state from a poverty-stricken one -Sandeep Vempati

-Financial Express If ever there was a beautiful word in Indian polity, it shall be none other than ‘poverty’. Existence of poverty, the neceSSAry evil, ensured the Congress and various regional parties win elections after elections through rhetoric, albeit repeatedly but in different forms, and finding a page on their election manifestos. Did any of the ideologically opposite previous dispensations ever knocked the door of the poor m

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NeceSSAry steps to ending poverty -Pulapre Balakrishnan

-The Hindu The provision of health, education and public services matters more than income support schemes It is by now close to 50 years since Indira Gandhi brought the idea of eradicating poverty into the electoral arena in India. ‘Garibi Hatao’ had been her slogan. She actually took the country some distance in the promised direction. Though it had not come close to being eradicated in her time, it was under her leadership that the reduction in poverty commenced, in the la

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Ironic lack of women candidates in northeastern states -Sudipta Bhattacharjee

two women parliamentarians were elected from the Northeast: Sushmita Dev of the Congress from Silchar and Bijoya Chakraborty of the Bharatiya Janata Party from Guwahati, both non-tribal people from ASSAm. In Manipur, the capital, Imphal has an Ima Keithel (mothers’ market) run entirely by women. But not a single woman candidate figures in these polls, making the president of Khwairamband Nupi Keithel Semgat Sagat Lup, Radhesana, lament: “

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Where India's jobs mess is most acute

national average in 2017-18, reveals a Business Standard story quoting the annual periodic labour force survey of the NSSO. Seven of the 11 states - Bihar, Odisha, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Kerala, ASSAm, Haryana - were among the most jobless in 2011-12 too, the year when the last such survey was carried out. Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Punjab and Tamil Nadu freshly entered the charts in 2017-18. India had a joblessness rate of 6.1 per cent in 2017-

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MS Swaminathan, father of Green Revolution, interviewed by Jitheesh PM & Jipson John ( In an interview, the ‘father’ of India’s Green Revolution, says while technology is neceSSAry, policies on procurement and public distribution are far more important in making agriculture economically viable and sustainable in the country. No one has played a more instrumental role in India’s self-sufficiency in food production than Dr MS Swaminathan — world-renowned agricultural scientist, known as

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NGT sets up Central monitoring panel in a bid to reduce pollution stretches

the country. A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said, “Having given due consideration to the serious issue and inadequacy of success achieved so far, we find it neceSSAry to constitute a Central Monitoring Committee to undertake a national initiative by way of preparation and enforcement of a national plan to make river stretches pollution-free.” Senior representatives of NITI Aayog, Secretaries of the Minis

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Why income transfers are not enough -Harsh Mander

come. Temperatures are rapidly warming up in what promises to be a blistering summer of India’s electioneering. Amidst the belligerent grandstanding on national security and the communal meSSAging barely below the surface, Rahul Gandhi’s announcement of a minimum income guarantee scheme came as a relief, if only because it tried to steer the public discussions to the struggles of India’s poorest people to survive with dignity. I

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