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Jean Dreze -- development economist -- interviewed by Jipson John and Jitheesh PM (

omic Development and Social Opportunity. His latest book is Sense and Solidarity: Jholawala Economics for Everyone.The combination of extensive fieldwork and qualitative analysis of everyday life and Poverty, along with quantitative work, makes his work distinctive in the field of economics. Jean Dreze has highlighted the importance of public action in development, especially by studying the experience of States such as Kerala. The Public Report on Ba

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Indu Bhushan -- CEO of Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY) -- interviewed by Bindu Shajan Perappadan (The Hindu)

e scheme is making available secondary and tertiary healthcare to people who never thought they could access this through government schemes. It is also to ensure that people don’t go under the Poverty line accessing quality healthcare. We are providing medical healthcare services — heart operations, knee replacements, stents, etc. — which are unimaginable for people who form the 40% of those who cannot afford anything beyond primary

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Diabetic due to Poverty -Maitri Porecha

take a jab on his own and comes to the Bamni sub-centre to collect his monthly dose. But he is not regular with his insulin. His sugar often hovers at 600 mg/dL, a dangerous threshold. Diabetes of Poverty Economist and PDS researcher Reetika Khera, now at IIMA, says that it is hard to establish the correlation between subsidised rice and diabetes, as there is little data to suggest that the monthly consumption of 10 kg per capita has increased.

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Richest 10% of Indians own over 3/4th of wealth in India -Manas Chakravarty While wealth has been rising in India, not everyone has shared in this growth. There is still considerable wealth Poverty, says Credit Suisse’s India wealth report The richest 10% of Indians own 77.4% of the country’s wealth, says Credit Suisse in their 2018 Global Wealth Report. The bottom 60%, the majority of the population, own 4.7%. The richest 1% own 51.5% (chart 1 above). And it’s not some bleeding-heart N

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Privatisation Harms Poor and Needy, Says UN Poverty Expert -Subodh Varma

MF and World Bank, and even parts of UN. Widespread privatisation of public goods in many societies is systematically eliminating human rights protections and further marginalising those living in Poverty, according to a hard-hitting new report. The report was transmitted to the UN General Assembly on 19 October. Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme Poverty and human rights, criticised

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Widespread privatisation marginalises the poor: UN report -Maitri Porecha

-The Hindu Business Line New Delhi: Widespread privatisation of public goods in many societies is systematically eliminating human rights protections and further marginalising those living in Poverty, according to a new report, released by the United Nations (UN). The 25-page report by the UN is eye-opening in the light of Indian government think-tank Niti Aayog releasing Guidelines for Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) for tackling Non-Commu

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The spirit of mahua -Diya Kohli

ke place in the grey market, often directly from the brewers themselves. There are age-old perceptions about the consumption of mahua, associating it with deep inebriation, moral laxity and tribal Poverty. This perception continues to influence the way the government looks at mahua. There is a ban on the sale of mahua in government-regulated shops in many states as it is neither bottled nor branded. Rahul Srivastava, an anthropologist who runs U

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Natural disasters cost India $80 billion in 20 years: UN report -Pradeep Thakur

gone up by more than 151%. Mami Mizutori, head of UNISDR, said: "The report makes it clear that economic losses from extreme weather events are unsustainable and a major brake on eradicating Poverty in hazard exposed parts of the world." She emphasised on the need for countries to capture economic losses which can help in disaster mitigation, saving lives and livelihoods. "In the period 1998-2017, disaster-hit countries reported

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India ranks 147th in Oxfam world inequality index

tries analysed, describing the country’s commitment to reducing inequality as a “a very worrying situation” given that it is home to 1.3 billion people, many of whom live in extreme Poverty. “Oxfam has calculated that if India were to reduce inequality by a third, more than 170 million people would no longer be poor,” the index notes. “Government spending on health, education and social protection is woefully low

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