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Delhi government considering threefold-hike in margin money to fair price shop owners

nment is considering a nearly threefold-hike in the margin money for ration dealers from existing Rs 70 to Rs 200 per quintal, besides paying arrears to them. Food and civil supplies minister Imran HuSSAin on Saturday said the matter is under active consideration of the government. "A proposal in this regard will be placed before the cabinet at the earliest for trebling the margin money," HuSSA

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Numbers That Count: An Assessment of the Union Budgets of NDA II -CBGA

While a number of initiatives have been taken to address some of the challenges (such as increased Minimum Support Price (MSP) for farmers, even though not to the extent promised), these have not neceSSArily been backed by adequate allocation. A striking feature of this government has been that it has stuck to its path of fiscal consolidation rather diligently. This is evident in the declining expenditure to GDP ratio, which fell from 14.4 per cent in

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Two sides of the coin: Tax incentives and revenue forgone -Suraj Jaiswal and Neeti Biyani

ng countries. Tax incentives undermine government’s efforts to raise adequate domestic resources to finance the delivery of essential services and social protection at the scale and quality neceSSAry to ensure that their citizens are able to fulfil unrealized rights, address inequality and meet sustainable development goals for all. Widespread use of tax incentives is also linked to problems of corruption and poor governance. Tax incentives e

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Thomas Piketty explains why he is helping Rahul Gandhi with minimum income guarantee -DK Singh

Congress: Piketty Piketty, a professor at the Paris School of Economics, told ThePrint that he, along with Professor Abhijit Banerjee, Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the MaSSAchusetts Institute of Technology and director of Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, M.I.T, was advising the principal opposition party in India on the proposed MIG scheme. “Yes, we’ve been exchanging with the Congress together with A

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UP stray cattle crisis: Police start closing cases against angry farmers -Manish Sahu

at farmers don’t face penal action. An illustrative example is from Auraiya where a case was quietly buried. On January 26, Auraiya police closed a case against villagers in Dakilpur for aSSAulting a school principal and staff who objected to them leaving stray cattle in the premises. The closure report was filed after the principal of the government junior high school withdrew his complaint following a “compromise” meeting.

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Missing the gender-infrastructure link -Simrit Kaur, Sanchita Joshi & Vaibhav Puri

s legacy advantages, including high literacy rates and low gender literacy gap. To assume that “expenditure” creates a distinction between front-runners and under-performers is not neceSSArily true since the gender budget allocation of Kerala is a fraction of that of Bihar. In such respects, governance matters as well. Gender inequality is determined by an interplay of complex economic, demographic and socio-cultural factors such as

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Not a single rural healthcare centre in 15 states meets govt's minimum quality standards -Himani Chandna

36 states (29 states and seven union territories), 15 states have reported zero centres functioning as per IPHS norms,” the CPR report says. The list includes Telangana, Arunachal Pradesh, ASSAm, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tripura and West Bengal. The IPHS is a set of measures designed to improve the quality of health infrastructure in all centres, includin

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Managing the stimulus -Neelkanth Mishra

n fiscal deficit ratios has indeed stalled, and at nearly 6 per cent, India continues to have one of the highest general government (that is, states plus Centre) deficits globally. But an important meSSAge was that the downward glide path of fiscal deficits was not disrupted. A measure of “crowding out” is government borrowing from bond markets as a share of incremental deposits in the banking system: This ratio is now down to 33 per ce

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

-The Indian Express The CJI observed that if there 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 Ju

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

under PMKSN Yojana would be much more viz. roughly Rs. 26,657 crore. In a press release by Swaraj Abhiyan and various farmers' organisations dated 1st February, 2019, social activist Kiran Kumar ViSSA from Rythu Swarajya Vedika (Telangana), while commenting on the PMKSN scheme, said, "In comparison, the Rythu Bandhu scheme of Telangana government provides Rs. 10,000/- per acre of support, which means that a 5-acre farmer would get Rs. 50,000/-

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