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A national register of exclusion -Harsh Mander

-The Hindu There are few parallels anywhere else of the state itself producing statelessness in the manner that it is doing in ASSAm By requiring long-term residents of ASSAm to prove their citizenship by negotiating a thicket made up of bewildering and opaque rules and an uncaring bureaucracy, the Indian state has for the past two decades unleashed an unrelenting nightmare of wanton injustice on a

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

low job creation but also about the worsening quality of jobs. An ad for 13 waiters gets thousands of applicants. All of these are not people applying for a job for the first time. Many are people diSSAtisfied with their current jobs. Both show as a huge demand for jobs as well as a huge premium for government jobs. Both quantity and quality have to be seen together. There are no easy answers here. And there are no short-term answers certainly.

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Modi Launches a Startling Pre-Election Budget, MaSSAged by Creative Accounting -Jayati Ghosh The aggregate macroeconomic impact of this Budget cannot really be assessed, since the actual fiscal stance is now so opaque. Let’s get one thing clear. This is not an interim Budget, whatever the government finally agreed to call it. The sweeping promises made on both expenditure and taxation fronts are well beyond the limited minor changes that are supposed to be allowed in a vote-on-account or interim Budget. For a government that officially has only a few months

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Income transfer can ease farm distress -A Narayanamoorthy & P Alli

different periods have miserably failed in alleviating farm distress. Barring the large farmers who cultivate high value commercial crops, all other farmers are in deep crisis. It is, therefore, neceSSAry to formulate a direct income transfer (DIT) scheme that can support all farmers on a regular basis. Please click here to read more.

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Think differently about healthcare -Ravikumar Chockalingam

unity. Seat belt laws, regulations around food and drug safety, and policies for tobacco and substance use as well as climate change and clean energy are all intrinsic to health, but they are not neceSSArily the responsibilities of healthcare services. As most nations realise the vitality of a robust public health system, India lacks a comprehensive model that isn’t subservient to healthcare services. A different curriculum India’s p

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Seven northeastern States lag behind in toilets for schoolgirls -Rahul Karmakar

47%, an increase from 40.9% in 2016, followed by Mizoram with the highest percentile increase from 25.3% to 34.9% in these two years. The other five states performed poorly, the steepest drop for ASSAm being 38.3% from 54.2% in 2016. Manipur had 9.1% schools having fewer usable toilets for girls, followed by Meghalaya (8.6%), Arunachal Pradesh (7.6%) and Tripura (7.3%). Please click here to read more.

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Jean Dreze, the Belgian-Indian economist, interviewed by Ujjawal Krishnam (National Herald)

mendations, and not the most important one by any means. In fact, it was a passing suggestion in a paragraph concerned with the role of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices. The main meSSAge of the report was the need for comprehensive support to the farm sector, for instance in the form of credit, insurance, connectivity, marketing, scientific knowledge, irrigation facilities, veterinary services, social security, human capital and mor

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Examining farm loan waivers -R Ramakumar

ll now, at least 11 States have announced schemes to waive outstanding farm loans: Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, ASSAm and Rajasthan. The pitch for waivers among States has added to the pressure on the Central government for a nationwide farm loan waiver. Divided opinion Economists and bankers are sharply divided on whether farm loan waivers are desirable. One

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A tragedy that was long in the making -Patricia Mukhim

ially profiled in the minds of the people and the state. Of the 15 miners, only three were locals from the nearby village of Lumthari. The rest were Muslims from Garo Hills, Meghalaya, and Bodoland, ASSAm. Their socio-economic profile also worked against them. They were the poorest of the poor who took a huge risk to enter a mine and dig for coal without any safety gear. Please click here to read more.

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