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Interim Budget a 'big disappointment' for education sector: RTE forum National convenor -Madan Kumar

-The Times of India PATNA: The Right to Education Forum’s National convenor Ambarish Rai on Friday said the interim Budget came as a ‘big disappointment’ for education sector. He said the insufficient allocation for education sector shows the union government’s shrinking responsibility towards school education and implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act-2009. "The Budget again fails to provide the lon

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The NDA must pull back on the citizenship amendment bill

adesh — is among the most contentious legislations in India’s recent history. Pushed fiercely by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), it was passed in the Lok Sabha on January 10. The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government now hopes to get it cleared in the Rajya Sabha though it lacks the numbers on its own in the Upper House. This actually creates room for a rethink on the amendment itself. This proposal is constitutionally

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The Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) -- Lesser than a Solution -Santosh Verma

r full) involved due to natural calamities and crop diseases. In 1985, in its very first attempt, the Government of India (GoI) launched Comprehensive Crop Insurance Scheme (CCIS) with a mandate to a National coverage. In 1999, CCIS was replaced with a new scheme called National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (NAIS). To implement this scheme, w.e.f. April 1, 2003, the Government designated Agriculture Insura

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Dr. Himanshu, associate professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, interviewed by M Rajshekhar (

cal storm boiled over after Business Standard reported that, between 2017-’18, unemployment numbers in India reached a 45-year high. The newspaper based its report on a survey, conducted by the National Sample Survey Organisation, called the Periodic Labour Force Survey that the government had not made public. According to the report, the country’s unemployment rate climbed from 2.2% in 2011-’12 to 6.1% in 2018-’18. Once dis

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Prof. Abhijit Sen, a former member of the erstwhile Planning Commission, interviewed by Asit Ranjan Mishra (

would consider) guaranteeing something to two types of people—the poor who can work and those who cannot work. Those who can work, you have something along the lines of MGNREGS (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme). For the old and disabled, you give a higher pension. The great beauty of MGNREGS is that they don’t need to be identified—this is the type of work that only the poor will do. You can make a higher t

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Rs. 500 crore for pension for unorganised labour -Priscilla Jebaraj

wever, the Budget documents show that an existing pension scheme, which already benefits more than 3 crore poor people who are senior citizens, disabled or widows, has had its allocation slashed. The National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP), a pension scheme administered by the Ministry of Rural Development, had originally been allocated ?9,975 crore in the 2018-19 Budget. For 2019-20, the scheme’s allocation has been cut to Rs.9,200 crore, a

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Budget allocation for agrarian welfare is utter betrayal to farmers: Kisan Sabha -Pratyaksh Srivastava

an umbrella organisation of farmers, said it’s an effort to avoid the main issue of farmers’ demand for remunerative prices for their produce and a complete loan waiver. Ashok Dhawale, National president of AIKS, said, “At Rs 500 a month or Rs 15 a day, this is an utter betrayal of the farmers of India. Rs 15 per day will provide a cup of tea. Much worse, this is an effort to skirt the main issue of the farmers’ agitations o

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Interim Budget 2019: 'Gokul Mission funds have not been suitably utilised at all' -Jitendra

funds for 2014-15 and 2015-16. It rolled out only in the fag end of financial year 2016-17. In that year, the government allocated Rs 65 crore to the scheme. In 2017-18, the other two programmes, National Program for Bovine Breeding and National Mission for Bovine Productivity were merged together as RGM. It made the allocation shoot up to Rs 190 crore. In the last five years, the government has not

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Modi Govt Will Prepare New NSSO Report to Show 'Increase in Jobs', Says PM's Economic Advisor

The leaked report recorded unemployment rate of 6.1 percent in 2017-18, giving the opposition Congress ammunition to attack and pushing the NDA government in defensive mode. New Delhi: A day the National Sample Survey Office’s Periodic Labour Force Survey recorded the unemployment rate in India at a 45-year-high, Prime Minister’s Economic Advisor, Bibek Debroy said that they will prepare a fresh jobs report. “The survey will

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Whose data

-The Indian Express Repeated government interventions in official data release run the risk of denting market trust in it The controversy over two top functionaries of the National Statistical Commission (NSC) resigning in protest over the NSSO (National Sample Survey Organisation) withholding its new employment survey adds to a growing list of government interventions in data releases. There is a

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