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The safety net of the future -Pranab Bardhan

-The Indian Express Insecurity, more than poverty or indebtedness, is the key economic issue that politicians must address If social inequality is the most acutely felt social problem in India, insecurity, more than poverty, is the most acutely felt economic problem. While most measures suggest that only around one-fifth of the population today is under the official poverty line, large sections of

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How reviving traditional farming helped Kerala tribal communities become healthy -Sandeep Vellaram

ers are involved in the farming of the rare variety of foods in 30 cents of leased land under the project. "Long back, all families in the settlements were engaged in farming and it assured food security for all. Now we have resumed our traditional food culture and it will assure our sustainability," says Chandran Kani. Sumithiri, 65-year-old native at Thayannankudy settlement, says she is happy to return to their traditional food habit.

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Invisible people: Aadhaar versus particularly vulnerable tribal groups -Jean Dreze

-The Telegraph Many families depend on two entitlements for survival: social security pensions and rations from the public distribution system Particularly vulnerable tribal groups, earlier known as primitive tribal groups, are the sort of people you may never meet unless you take the trouble to look for them. In Jharkhand, they live in small hamlets scattered over the nooks and crannies of the state’s undulating forests. Without a purpo

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Indefinite strike by Bihar's ASHA workers is another reminder that they are overworked, underpaid -Kavita Krishnan

with appropriate relaxation of age criteria for admission, appointments for qualified ASHAs as Auxiliary Nurse Midwives, appointments for ASHA facilitators as Block Community Coordinators and social security benefits including ESI and Provident Fund. They also want recommendations made by the high-level committee on the status of women in 2015 regarding regularising work conditions and monthly remunerations to be implemented. Please click here to

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60 Economists Send Wake-Up Call to Arun Jaitley on Maternal Benefits

nated at just Rs 200 per month since 2006. This is unfair." New Delhi: Sixty economists from across the country have written to finance minister Arun Jaitley, asking him to ensure that social security pensions and maternity benefits get adequate attention in the Union Budget 2019. They argue that they had made a similar “modest” request before the 2018 Budget, but it went unheeded. The full text of their letter is reproduced bel

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Powering agriculture via solar feeders -Ashwin Gambhir & Shantanu Dixit

crore electric and 75 lakh diesel pumps. Access to groundwater depends on reliable and affordable electricity supply. This is an important issue as it concerns livelihoods of the rural poor and food security of the country. Agriculture is a major consumer of electricity, accounting for one-fourth or one-third of consumption in many States. Since the 1970s, agriculture in many States has been receiving electricity at either low tariffs or for free.

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Farm suicide as an indicator of agrarian crisis should be used with caution

by Consumer Price Index-Rural, which is brought out by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI). It needs to be added here that in the wake of the enactment of National Food security Act in 2013, the rate of inflation of Consumer Price Index for Agricultural Labourer (CPI-AL, 1986-87=100) and Consumer Price Index for Rural Labourer (CPI-RL, 1986-87=100) may be lower vis-à-vis the inflation rate of Consumer Price Index-

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Manifesto of tribal rights issued -Mohammed Iqbal

-friendly practices were also highlighted in the charter of demands. The document was released by the Tribal Development Forum, Vaagdhara, and other institutions working for tribal rights and food security here last week. Vaagdhara secretary Jayesh Joshi said on Thursday that the manifesto was handed over to the ruling BJP and all Opposition parties for its inclusion in their agenda for the Assembly election. Sustainable farming Mr. Joshi

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Making every citizen an auditor -C Dheeraja and Karuna M

Adequate disciplinary action against people responsible for the irregularities has also not been taken. The way forward In 2017, the Supreme Court mandated social audits under the National Food security Act (NFSA) to be conducted using the machinery that facilitates the social audits of MGNREGA. Social audits of the NFSA have failed to take off due to lack of funds. Like the Rural Development Ministry, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and

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