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Not MSP, income support will help farmers: Agri economist Ashok Gulati -TV Jayan

-The Hindu Business Line New Delhi: Providing income security to farmers and boosting investment in agriculture are the two things that are needed to help Indian farmers in distress, said noted agricultural economist Ashok Gulati on Monday. “While there can’t be two opinions about the farmers’ plight in our country, increasing minimum support price (MSP) cannot be the solution. We may have to bring in science and our understa

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Despite CIC orders, PMO refuses info on black money brought from abroad

RTI Act,” it said in response to the RTI application filed by whistleblower bureaucrat Sanjiv Chaturvedi. Such investigations come under the purview of different government intelligence and security organisations which have been excluded from the ambit of the RTI Act, the PMO said. Chaturvedi, an Indian Forest Service (IFoS) officer, had sought information on the quantum of black money brought from abroad since June 1, 2014. In its ini

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MP, Rajasthan Under BJP Have Steered the Destruction of Workers' security -Praneta Jha

tral government employees get a minimum wage of Rs 18,000.   Rajasthan As for labour laws, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje in Rajasthan has taken the lead in 2014 in codifying the kind of insecurity for workers that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to introduce at the national level. And Madhya Pradesh, ruled by Shivraj Singh Chouhan, for nearly 14 years, has followed. In 2014, Raje amended the Industrial Disputes Act 1947, at the state

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In Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, Floundering MGNREGS Angers People -Subodh Varma

ogramme are the poorest, most desperate people in the vast rural areas of both states, mostly hailing from agricultural labourer or marginal farmer families. They have no financial cushion, no social security, no savings or resources. That is why they seek work in the government-sponsored manual labour programme, as a last resort. Both MP and Rajasthan governments, which have been boasting about their ease of doing business and investment opportuni

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Jean Dreze, development economist, interviewed by G Sampath (The Hindu)

As a development economist and activist, he has helped draft some startlingly pro-people legislations, such as the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005, and the National Food security Act, 2013. In his most recent book, Sense and Solidarity: Jholawala Economics for Everyone (January 2018), he makes a strong case for combining economic research with public action. In a freewheeling chat, Drèze spoke about, among other th

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Aadhaar related inadequacies causing hunger and food insecurity in Jharkhand, allege Right to Food Campaign activists

f these deaths include denial of foodgrains due to absence of a ration card, cancellation of ration cards not linked with Aadhaar, or Aadhaar-based biometric authentication failures. Denial of social security pensions and absence of work under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act further contribute to the destitution of the starvation victims and their families. At least seven victims were eligible to social More »

Food security does not equal good nutrition

ing for India is home to no less than 196 million people with chronic undernourishment. Yet, it is a food secure nation; efforts at improving access to food and nutrition are led by the National Food security Act, not to mention the special nutritional schemes for women and children like mid-day meals. Why then are India’s masses undernourished? The first hurdle — as with everything else — is corruption. The porous nature of the publ

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Fake currency network intact -Vijaita Singh

-The Hindu But forensic reports say notes are of poor quality, security features not copied Two years after demonetisation, the fake currency notes seized so far are not of a high quality, a probe by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has found. Another Home Ministry official said the network of same fake currency operators was still intact as two years ago, that pushed fake notes from the Bangladesh border. But there was not much evid

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Bring CBI, NIA & IB within RTI ambit, says info panel chief -Rumu Banerjee

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: At a time when the government is mulling changes in the RTI Act, information commissioner Divya Prakash Sinha has suggested that investigative, intelligence and security agencies like NIA, CBI, IB and paramilitary forces should come under the purview of the law, saying there are adequate safeguards in the Act to keep sensitive information outside the public domain. The former IPS officer, who spent most of his ti

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