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Can India's draft labour code really bring social security to its informal workers? -Aarefa Johari Trade unionists fear a large part of the unorganised sector might be left out of the ambit of the government’s labour code on social security. Rekha Patil, a vegetable seller on a footpath in suburban Mumbai, is a small part of India’s vast informal economy. Her husband, a farmer in Palghar, about 110 km north of Mumbai, has an unreliable income. But Patil’s earnings of Rs 350 a day barely sustain her family. She p

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Aruna Roy, well-known social and political activist, interviewed by Jipson John and Jitheesh PM (

dian and foreign, to political parties in secret. The country’s celebrated diversity is under the threat of homogenisation. All differing points of view are termed anti-national, a threat to security, and those who raise a voice of protest become victims of unjustified action by the state. Lynching occurs with the tacit approval of the state and with government support to the criminals with silence and inaction. The rights-based laws are unde

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The pulse of Indian agriculture -Devesh Chaturvedi

en market mechanism and make pulses affordable for the economically and socially backward households. As a first step, action was initiated in collaboration with the States under the National Food security Mission to increase the production of pulses. Adoption of quality seeds and model agricultural practices through extension programmes were given priority. The overall objective was to reduce the gap between domestic demand and production as quick

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Universal Basic Income can be funded by reducing subsidies to the rich -Pranab Bardhan

e about one-third of the non-poor had it. In any case I look upon UBIS not as an administratively easier anti-poverty programme; to me it is more a part of a citizen’s right to minimum economic security, a right which many countries recognise, but so far India does not, even though it should easily fall under the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the “right to life” in the Constitution. I am often asked: Do you want the gove

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Basic income works and works well -Guy Standing

ould take the lead. It has the technological capacity, the financial resources and, above all, the need for a simple, transparent scheme to liberate the energies of the masses now mired in economic insecurity, deprivation and degradation. Pleas click here to read more.

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Jharkhand's Starvation Deaths Raise Questions About India's Welfare Schemes -Abinash Dash Choudhury

even-year-old Santoshi Kumari’s death in Simdega, last year. Budhni’s prolonged starvation was not improbable. She did not have a ration card as well as a Aadhaar. The danger of food insecurity was lurking around her. Budhni belonged to the Birijiya tribe, recognised as a ‘Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group’ (PVTG) by the state. She was entitled to 35 kg of free rice every month under the Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) meant

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MSP was not 1.5 times the cost of production for most kharif crops during the last 6 agricultural years

to pay to farmers. Thus, the procurement prices could be higher than the MSP and would reflect market conditions. The MSP needs to be protected in all the regions across the country. ii) The food security basket should be widened to include the crops of dryland farming areas such as 'bajra', 'jowar', 'ragi', minor millets and pulses. The PDS should include these nutritious cereals and pulses, which is purchased at a reasonable MSP. This will be a

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Farm crisis: Short-term palliatives are futile -G Chandrashekhar

ned largely untouched. As a result, farm sector growth is stymied and competitiveness of Indian agriculture stands substantially eroded. Farmers remain mired in an artificial world of make-believe security through largely cosmetic policies including announcement of higher minimum support price (unrelated to market conditions and not adequately backed by efficient procurement mechanism), farm loan waiver, and a plethora of programmes and schemes who

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As India rethinks labour rules, one item not on the agenda: Childcare facilities for women workers -Mirai Chatterjee

in these areas. However, despite voluminous evidence showing the effectiveness of daycare facilities in improving the health of children and women, the recent government-proposed Labour and Social security Codes barely feature childcare or maternity benefits for informal workers. Their inclusion had just not occurred to our policymakers, most of whom are men. It was up to some of us, mostly women working with informal workers, to bring these to the

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Rice procurement reaches 238.8 lakh tonnes

tal rice procurement stood at 381.8 lakh tonnes. Procurement is undertaken by state-run Food Corporation of India (FCI) and State agencies for the central pool to meet the requirements of the food security law. Rice is purchased at the minimum support price (MSP). Data from States According to FCI data, rice procurement has reached 113.3 lakh tonnes in Punjab, 39.09 lakh tonnes in Haryana and 22.42 lakh tonnes in Chhattisgarh so far. In Te

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