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e two Secretariats are included in it). • Ministries: Ministry of Coal, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation, Ministry of Housing & Poverty Alleviation, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Women & Child Development. • Departments: Dept. of Defence, Dept. of Defence Production, Dept. of Financial Services, Dept. of Pharmaceuticals, Dept. o

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Human Rights

s to subsidized foodgrains be extended to at least 75% of the population. This is not acceptable to the Government, which sets arbitrary ceilings on the numbers who can be declared as being below the Poverty line. • The official estimate that 27.5% of the population was below the Poverty line in 2004-05 grossly understates the incidence of Poverty. The

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Water and Sanitation

f people without water and sanitation facilities. • In India, the cost of construction of Individual Household Latrines (IHHLs) in the Total Sanitation Campaign is expected to be met by Above Poverty Line households, while for Below Poverty Line households, the cost is shared between the Government of India, the state and individual users, with the exact ratio depending on the unit cost of the facil

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Impact on Agriculture

distribution.   • Another significant social factor limiting sustainability of agriculture in the study area is population pressure. With increasing population pressure, resource Poverty is enhanced, leading to declining returns from the natural capital and complicated ownership feuds.   • Increase in average age of the farmer is among other social factors afflicting agricultural sustainability. Power crisis in

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Mid Day Meal Scheme (MDMS)

t the development gains in the crucial first 1,000 days of life are not jeopardized by later failures. •    Governments recognise school feeding as a key response to hunger and Poverty: it protects children from hunger; it can be strategically targeted; it offers an existing platform on which to stage further interventions; and it has proven to be relatively easy to scale up in a crisis. •    School meals

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Time Bomb Ticking

n India in 2011 was only 0.6 tonnes of oil equivalent (toe) per capita as compared to global average of 1.88 toe per capita. • Around 363 million people (30 percent of the population) live in Poverty, about 1.77 million people are houseless and 4.9 percent of the population (aged 15 years and above) are unemployed. The per capita electricity consumption stands low at 917 kWh, which is barely one third of the world's average consumption. &bu

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Public Health

urban areas (84.1 percent) has been more as compared to the same in rural areas (67.8 percent). Literacy rate has been highest in Kerala (94 percent) • The percentage of population below the Poverty line (as per Tendulkar methodology) has been 21.9 percent in 2011-12. The percentage of population below the Poverty line in rural areas has been 25.7 percent and in urban areas has been 13.7 percent.

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pite Maharashtra’s relative wealth, poor, rural girls there performed only slightly better than their counterparts in the poorer state of Madhya Pradesh. •    Widespread Poverty in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh affects the chance of staying in school until grade 5. In Uttar Pradesh, 70% of poor children make it to grade 5 while almost all children from rich households are able to do so. Similarly, in Madhya Pradesh, 85

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Social Audit

assumes even greater importance in the context of democratic decentralization since 1992-93. Structures for accountability are the weakest in panchayats and municipal bodies who are implementing anti-Poverty programmes and providing basic social services. Half-hearted devolution of powers by most state governments continues to stymie their effectiveness. Planning by district planning committees as envisaged in the constitutional amendments has hardly

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Access to Justice

s of assisting Naxals in Chhattisgarh, India. • Sen and his wife, Ilina, have devoted their entire working lives to improve the health and welfare of the Adivasis, a marginalised and Poverty-stricken tribal population. A troubling fallout of his incarceration is that much of his good work is slowly being eroded. His clinic, which provided essential health services, is on the verge of collapse. • The Supreme Court on M

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