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bha so that it would not lapse due to a change in government. This Bill, minus several of the more important provisions of the earlier version, was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resource Development, with directions to submit its report within 30 days. But none of the Standing Committee’s recommendations (tabled in Parliament on February 18, 2009) have actually been incorporated in the version brought to vote. The Sta

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Drought management for rural livelihood security

for our country being the home of the largest number of poor and malnourished people in the world. P. Sainath’s article in The Hindu of August 15 brings out clearly the growing insensitivity to Human suffering in our country. No wonder we are finding it difficult to achieve the first among the U.N. Millennium Development Goals – reducing hunger and poverty by half by 2015. Unless we realise that agriculture in India is not just a foo

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21 farmers end lives in 40 days in Andhra

Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy admitted there had been 20 suicides by farmers in the state in the last 40 days, yet another case came to light on Saturday. Peddolla Nadipi BHumanna hanged himself at home in Donchanda village of Morthad mandal late on Friday night. It’s learnt that the 55-year-old farmer, faced with crop failure, was driven to desperation because he was unable to clear his mounting debts. Most sui

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Taking goals of NREGA-I forward

last 60 years have been dependent on the munificence of the state . They have been implemented top-down, using labour-displacing machines and contractors who have customarily run roughshod over basic Human rights. NREGA is poised to change all that. And there is no doubt that its promise has charged the hearts and minds of the rural poor with unprecedented hopes and expectations. But the first three years of the programme have also shown that NR

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Union Budget

.) • National Rural Health Mission - Rs. 21,189 crore (B.E.) • National Urban Health Mission - Rs. 752 crore (B.E.) • Tertiary Care Programmes - Rs. 725 crore (B.E.) • Human Resources for Health and Medical Education - Rs. 4,025 crore (B.E.) • National AYUSH Mission - Rs. 441 crore (B.E.) • National Health Protection Scheme (erstwhile RSSY) - Rs. 1,000 crore (B.E.) • National Education Mission -

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Key Facts

etals’ as per WPI is lower at 9.9 per cent than that of World Bank’s ‘Base Metals’ inflation of 23.7 per cent during FY 2017-18 (Apr-Dec).   Poverty and Human Development    • According to the data of the 66th round of the National Sample Survey (2009-10), the average dietary energy intake per person per day was 2147 Kcal for rural India and 2123 Kcal for urban India $* &bu

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Rural distress

nt of rural household income in Asia and the Pacific Region, of which 40 per cent comes from local non-farm business and employment and the remaining from transfers and remittances. Due to paucity of Human, financial and physical capital, the poor households often remain confined to the low-productivity non-farm activities, which trap them in poverty. •    Gender, caste and social status determine one's participation in non-far

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Forest and Tribal Rights

l Rights in India, Proceedings: International Conference on Poverty Reduction and Forests, Bangkok, September 2007   Please note that information about habitat loss of elephants and Human-elephant conflicts as a category of environment and related themes is also given under "Environment" section of the im4change website. For better results, click here.   **page**   [inside]Status of the im

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Right to Education

o Free and Compulsory Education Bill, 2008   Please note that information about education as a category of Human Development Index and many more related themes is also given under "Hunger/ HDI" section of the im4change website. For best results, please check out both sections. Click here:

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Right to Food

venging persists in India, despite being outlawed. This practice involves entrapping women, men and even children only because of the accident of their birth, into a humiliating vocation of gathering Human excreta from individual or community dry toilets with bare hands, brooms or metal scrapers. It is intolerable that this endures, and is the worst surviving symbol of untouchability. The persistence of dry latrines in various parts of the country vio

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