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Women a silent 'majority' on India's electoral map -Shuja Asrar

In the past, lack of freedom of movement for women or traditional practices which limited their participation in public life has had a negative impact on women’s turnout in elections. Personal security has been another reason why women have shied away from the voting process. Steps such as all-female managed polling booths -- where the entire staff, including the police and security personnel, are

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Farmers in western TN demand social security -T Ramakrishnan

contest the Krishnagiri parliamentary seat on the basis of an assurance given by the ruling AIADMK that his demand will be considered after the election. He is not the only one calling for social security for agriculturists. G. Ajithan, general secretary of the Tamil Nadu Banana Growers’ Federation and a resident of Mohanur in Namakkal, also favours it. Explaining the importance of social security More »

Rules for media should also apply to social media: Ex-CEC

elections, the disastrous consequences potential of the social media was quite significant. "We have seen how rumours floating in the social media can cause havoc on law and order situation, security, and communal and caste strife. Therefore, we have to find some solution," he said. He added while a few years ago, everyone would be up in arms against any attempt to regulate social media, now even the Internet companies had come on boa

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Revalidate signal to labour bureau on Mudra job creation data -Basant Kumar Mohanty

lakh but many beneficiaries are said to have taken Rs 50,000 apiece. The Modi government advertises the scheme as a means to raise employment opportunities. Modi, who has been focusing on national security on the campaign trail, had cited Mudra in an interview with Republic TV last week and suggested that at least 4 crore people had taken money for the first time and “they must have started some employment, they must have employed somebody&rd

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Making sense of NYAY -Jean Dreze

-The Indian Express It is best read as a political promise for social security. There is more than one way of redeeming it Guaranteed minimum income is a powerful idea that has already made some headway in various countries. Some European countries, for instance, guarantee a minimum income to their citizens. This requires extensive data collection as well as an effective cadre of welfare officers and social workers tasked with enquiring into

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How Aadhaar-based biometrics hurts PDS in India -Nikita Kwatra

ibution system (PDS) to tackle the longstanding issue of leakages. Critics, however, suggest that this has excluded many beneficiaries and increased the costs of operating India’s flagship food security programme. New research paints a mixed picture on the relative merits of biometric authentication in the PDS. In a new Economic and Political Weekly paper, Rakesh Allu of the Indian School of Business and others compare Aadhaar-based biometric

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MGNREGA wages fall below minimum wage in 34 states, Union Territories -Shalini Nair

, when both were brought on a par for the first time. Last week, the Centre effected an average annual MGNREGA wage hike of 2.16 percent for the financial year 2019-20, the lowest since the social security scheme was started in 2006. Yet, it’s only in Nagaland that the MGNREGA wage is higher than the state’s minimum wage. Last year, The Indian Express had reported that in 2018-19, MGNREGA wages were below the minimum agricultural wag

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A festival of rash promises -Ashok Gulati

ent, but cannot compromise on our democracy, no matter how messy it is. 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. Th

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CPI promises job guarantee law

guarantee law, named after Bhagat Singh, and unemployment allowance, in keeping with the Opposition’s narrative of joblessness to counter Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pitch of national security. “Our fight is to defend the nation and the Constitution. Our fight is to defeat the forces of hate. We all want to be argumentative Indians, but Mr. Modi and his people have become abusive Indians. They have no answers to people’s

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CPI(M) promises unemployment dole -Sobhana K Nair

citizens. The party has promised a host of measures to defend democratic rights including working towards repealing laws such as the Sedition Law, Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), National security Act (NSA) and defamation law. The party that had demanded entirely stalling the Aadhaar exercise in its 2014 manifesto, has demanded in this edition that use of Aadhaar and biometrics for all social welfare measures be scrapped. Please clic

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