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Country's non-income-based poverty level has fallen over the past 10 years, shows new report

headcount ratio (H) among the Scheduled Castes (SCs) has reduced from 65.0 percent in 2006 to 32.9 percent in 2016 -- a drop by 32.1 percentage points. Multidimensional headcount ratio (H) among the scheduled tribes (STs) has fallen from 79.8 percent in 2006 to 50.0 percent in 2016 -- a fall by 29.8 percentage points. The same among the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) has decreased from 57.9 percentage in 2006 to 26.9 percent in 2016 -- a decrease by 3

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Chhattisgarh makes headway on tribal rights but more is needed -Asha Verma

nwani village in Dhamtari district of Chhattisgarh is happy that he can grow crops on his agricultural land without any fear of relocation, now that he has an individual forest rights title under The scheduled tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, over 1.5 acres of land. He says that his agricultural productivity has increased as now he has access to subsidised seeds and fertiliser support under the FRA

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Hunger deaths have skyrocketed after aadhaar-based authentication came into force, allege Right to Food activists

42 hunger deaths in 2017 and 2018, a large majority (18) were directly related to aadhaar viz. when ration shops denied giving foodgrains to the needy (especially those belonging to Scheduled Castes, scheduled tribes and Other Backward Classes) due to lack of aadhaar number, technical glitches associated with aadhaar-based authentication or aadhaar number not being linked to ration card or pension. Please check table-1 for details. According to th

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Upward mobility: Muslims down; SCs, STs up; upper-caste & OBCs unchanged -

-The Indian Express The study also says that mobility levels for African Americans in US are better than those for Muslims in India but the movement of Dalits and scheduled tribes is comparable to that of African-Americans. New Delhi: As rising aspirations of India’s demographic dividend shape social and political discourse, comes a sobering new study: Looking at education and income, there is little inter-generational mobility (upward m

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Over 700 vacancies in varsities since March, but just 2.5% for SCs, 0 for STs -Shalini Nair

niversity Grants Commission’s (UGC) March 2018 circular on a new formula for reservation, only 2.5 per cent posts have been made available for Scheduled Caste candidates and none for those from scheduled tribes. This data was revealed during inter-ministerial consultations for issuing an ordinance to overturn the circular and the court order that treats departments/ subjects as a unit for implementing reservation, instead of taking the univer

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Several ministries back need to enumerate nomadic, denotified tribes in next Census -Shalini Nair

ulation was enumerated was in Census 1931 with the practice being discontinued since Independence. Since then, many denotified and nomadic tribes have been arbitrarily classified as Scheduled Castes/ scheduled tribes for the sake of reservation. However, being the “poorest of the poor, most marginalized and most downtrodden communities”, as noted by the Idate Commission report, most do not get the benefit of reservation. Moreover, 94 denot

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Raghav Chandra, secretary of the National Commission for scheduled tribes, interviewed by Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava ( Raghav Chandra, secretary of the National Commission for scheduled tribes, says displaced Adivasis should not only be compensated with money but land as well. The National Commission for scheduled tribes has been quite proactive in the last few months. It has prevailed upon the central government to withdraw orders that it thought “diluted” tribal rights, asked states to retu

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Ordinance lined up on quota in varsity hiring -Basant Kumar Mohanty

roposal to the cabinet to consider promulgating an ordinance for a new law that would provide for the implementation of reservations treating the entire university as a unit. The Scheduled Castes, scheduled tribes and Other Backward Classes are entitled to 15 per cent, 7.5 per cent and 27 per cent reservation, respectively, in teacher recruitment. "The government is considering the promulgation of an ordinance soon to provide for reservatio

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How economic inequality impacts caste politics -Pramit Bhattacharya

inequalities within caste groups to expand its support base New Delhi: When we think of caste-based inequality in India, we typically think of a pyramid where scheduled castes (SCs or Dalits) and scheduled tribes (STs) are at the bottom, other backward classes (OBCs) above them, and upper castes at the very top. Official survey data which measure caste along such broad lines support such a view. A new World Bank study by the economists Shareen

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Niti Aayog nod to panel for denotified, semi-nomadic, nomadic tribes -Shalini Nair

SNT, and NT communities. In response, the NITI Aayog has agreed with the recommendation to set up a permanent commission for the communities on the lines of similar commissions for Scheduled Castes, scheduled tribes, and Other Backward Classes. In its report submitted to the social justice ministry in January 2018, the Idate Commission said such a permanent commission should have a prominent community leader as its chairperson, and a senior Union gov

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