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Tackling the agrarian crisis, differently -V Kumaraswamy

-The Hindu Business Line The focus must shift away from sops, to raising farmers’ income by promoting better seeds and rejuvenating soil Health Agrarian crisis is staring on our face and, as usual, a flood of familiar suggestions have resurfaced. The political responses have been on expected lines. Fixing MSPs (minimum support prices) at 50 per cent over costs is as disastrous as it can get. There is no inherent incentive in cutting d

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'Seed Mother' who never went to school has lessons for scientists -Radheshyam Jadhav

is taking farming back to its roots Pune: Twenty years ago, when her grandson fell ill, Rahibai Popere was convinced vegetables and foodgrains containing ‘poison’ had made the child unHealthy. She asked her son to stop buying vegetables and foodgrains grown using hybrid seeds, chemicals and fertilisers. And then started a journey to conserve and save indigenous seeds, which she says need just air and water for cultivation. Rahiba

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Poorest of poor and uneducated women left behind in ICDS

package of six services at anganwadi or child-care centres to young children and pregnant women and lactating mothers. These services include supplementary nutrition, referral services, immunisation, Health check-up, pre-school non-formal education and Health and nutrition education. The study analyses the findings of the National Family Health Survey 2005-200

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Prof. Guy Standing, economist at the School Of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, interviewed by Sayantan Bera (

ch the poor. So, potentially you have up to 8% without raising tax rates at all to reallocate toward a basic income scheme. However, I am not advocating the dismantling of social welfare schemes like Health services and education. They are essential. * But why dismantle an existing welfare infrastructure in India which includes, among others, food subsidy and employment guarantee, in order to promote basic income? I am an economist. I don’

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The basics are vital -Soham D Bhaduri

-The Hindu Making hospitalisation affordable will spell relief, but there is no alternative to strengthening primary Health care In 2011, a high-level expert group on universal Health coverage reckoned that nearly 70% of government Health spending should go to primary Health care. The National More »

Ensure a minimum income for all -Ram Singh

announce an even more ambitious version of the scheme. Where it will work The UBI is neither an antidote to the vagaries of market forces nor a substitute for basic public services, especially Health and education. Besides, there is no need to transfer money to middle- and high-income earners as well as large landowners. However, there is a strong case for direct income transfers to some groups: landless labourers, agricultural workers and m

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Aadhaar seeding exempted for next PM-Kisan instalment too

ice. The small and marginal farmers are to get three equal instalments of ?2,000 each over a year to supplement the financial needs of the farmers in procuring various inputs to ensure proper crop Health and appropriate yields. Please click here to read more.

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Awareness of Ayushman Bharat scheme still low in TN -Radhika Merwin

s has helped to a great extent Ahead of her visit to Billroth private hospital in Chennai for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), Girija had no clue to the Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CMCHIS), which had been running in the State for more than seven years. The treatment that carries a package cost of Rs. 92,500 was done free of cost for her at the hospital, with the Healt

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Amartya Sen: Ayushman Bharat neglects primary Healthcare, sector needs radical change

-The Indian Express He said the government needs pursue Health and education efforts in order to build opportunity for and capabilities of people. Nobel laureate and economist Amartya Sen Wednesday said the idea that giving cash to people can help the economy grow misses out on the fact that real economy needs Healthy and educated people who can drive growth. He said the government needs pursue More »

PMJAY will not cover cataract ops, dialysis and normal deliveries -Abantika Ghosh

n though they are done for free under the National Blindness Control Programme (NBCP). IN THE first trimming of the Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana since its launch, the National Health Authority (NHA) is planning to remove procedures covered under existing national programmes from the list of packages approved for reimbursement under PMJAY. This means procedures like cataract surgeries, dialysis and normal deliveries will not be

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