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Blowing The Whistle by Prashant Bhushan, VK Shunglu, Arvind Kejriwal, Madhu Bhaduri

ctions to the government for the prosecution of officers. It further empowered the CVC to issue directions to the government for the protection of whistle blowers from victimization and for providing security to those persons.      Through all these processes, the CVC came to be regarded as the main institutional bulwark in this country against corruption. In addition to its original function of advising government on al

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Two senior officers of the district administration in Bihar fined for contravening the RTI Act

NREGA guarantees a minimum of 100 days’ wage employment to every rural household. This is a unique flagship programme of the United Progressive Alliance Government intended to ensure livelihood security for families living in villages and hamlets. Wherever alert civil society organisations and activists monitor the implementation of this programme, corruption is of a much lower order; in others mismanagement of funds is rampant. Renova

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Undiluted truths about rich polluters by Jayanthi Natarajan

me weather events leading to natural disasters may increase and we may face multiple risks arising from increase in sea levels, recession of Himalayan glaciers, problems with water availability, food security and public health. This disproportionate impact of climate change will be further magnified as a result of our vulnerabilities, inadequate means and limited capacities to adapt to its effects. In fact, adaptation, which is the key to the developm

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SRI method doubling rice output

ng only 120 days not much a water is required and the plot of land can be easily utilised for any kind of rabi crop. This year the Balipara agriculture circle of Sonitpur district under National Food security Mission (NFSM) and Rastriya Krishi Vikash Yojana (RKVY) has taken up 3 bighas of land in Kekokoli Nepali gaon in Khanamukh, one Nawab Ali has cultivated 1R-6R variety of rice in his plot of land and when he harvested the same, he got 24 mounds of

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‘Green revolution turned soil infertile’

The two-day consultation meet was inaugurated in the RDT-Accion Fraterna Ecology Centre near here on Friday. In the key note address on “Impact of climate change on agriculture and food security : Challenges and way forward”, activist on climate change and sustainable agriculture Dr. Nammalwar remarked that the present farm sector scenario could be better explained as ruining of all farmers and flourishing of all merchants. I

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Free Trade Agreement will benefit India: Scindia by Priscilla Jebaraj & Shyam Ranganathan

as India had natural competitive advantages and “enormous untapped potential” in the agricultural export sector. While the export of a few agricultural products were banned for food security reasons, there was a huge opportunity to take farmers up the value chain by expanding processed food exports, he said. “The next big opportunity in India from a strategic perspective, over the next decade, is the whole concept of farm

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Poor count

ration cards at all. According to the Saxena report, the exclusion of some of the poorest people from the BPL list shows that they still have no voice. This bodes ill for a list meant to ensure food security and some kind of work for the most vulnerable and underprivileged. The rights to food, to education and to work, that is, the right to a livable life, are at risk because India has not yet been able to decide who needs help most.

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Kerala fights clock in ASEAN free-trade deal by Ranjit Devraj

India there existed issues that were specific to Kerala - such as the relatively high labor wages at $6 per day, or the special importance of crops such as coconut for the local economy and for food security. "Kerala’s farmers already have the bitter experience of past free trade agreements, such as the South Asia Free Trade Agreement signed in 2006, which saw the state flooded with cheap Sri Lankan coconuts. Also the import of cheap

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Of hunger and its eradication by Sadanand Menon

1972. The fast-growing varieties of grains, produced in research labs as distant as Manila and Mexico certainly created conditions of surplus under which the currently fashionable term of ‘food security’ could be easily floated. However, during those decades, it turned out that while the Food Corporation of India’s granaries were full, the hungry had no access to it due to poor distribution networks. Planning Commission members

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ET Awards 2008-09: Policy Change Agent of the Year- Jean Dreze

tics worry and still do about an open-ended fiscal commitment. Dreze for his part dismisses such critics as cold-hearted fiscal conservatives. Nonetheless it is now part of the landscape, like social security in western societies. Indeed, NREGS looks set to be undergo a substantial expansion in the UPA’s second innings with urban areas being brought under its fold. It will also play a key role in alleviating the rural distress which threatens to

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