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How state can support farmers in a smarter way -Ashok Gulati and Prerna Terway

sanitation, and even housing. If he could include in this list of rural investments, agri-research and development (R&D) and quality education also, it can pay off handsomely in terms of reducing Poverty and propelling agri-growth at a much faster pace than has been the case so far. This is a clear cut message of the book. Most countries around the world support agriculture to ensure food security and/or enhance farmers’ income. India is

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The Bitter Plight of Bengal's Tea Garden Workers -Tanmoy Bhaduri

is touted as the country’s second largest employer, but also an industry that undermines labour rights and deprives workers and their families of the most basic needs. There’s widespread Poverty, malnutrition, human trafficking and starvation death: obvious factors underscoring the desire for a better life. The availability of basic facilities like healthcare and education is also poor. It was during the mid-1990s when small growers be

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Jharkhand lacks universal pension coverage, allege civil society activitists

ari Shakti Sanghatam). The oral and written testimonies presented by the participants threw light on the havoc created by pensions. They highlighted that people who are not identified as below-the-Poverty line (BPL) or earn more than a measly Rs 875 a month in rural areas are not eligible for most state social pensions. Further, at least 5 cases of starvation deaths in the last one year alone in Jharkhand can be attributed to the mandatory impositi

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More Equal Than Others -Usha Ramanathan

-The Indian Express The Aadhaar judgment divides the people of this country into those receiving state assistance, and others. The former will get socio-economic rights if they do as they are asked to do. Privacy is a luxury they can ill afford. The signs were there from the beginning. The poor were part of the marketing strategy for promoting a project that would require people to enrol in a database that would be used as an “identity platform” on which businesses could be

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UNDP report lauds India's strides in reducing Poverty in past decade

-The Indian Express According to MPI 2018 released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, there are 271 million fewer poor people in India in this period. New Delhi: In the decade between 2005-06 and 2015-16, India has halved its Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) — an index that looks beyond income More »

'Rationalising subsidies, improving infrastructure could revive agri-sector' -Kiran Pandey

-Down to Earth For every million rupees spent on agricultural research, 328 people are pulled out of Poverty. In contrast, the same amount spent on power subsidies brings only 23 people come out of Poverty. The message is clear. With the Union elections only a few months away, the Centre should prioritise capital investments over populist subsidies to deliver on its promise of strengthening the farm

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The life and death of Kedar Singh Jindan -Gaurav Sarkar

Samaj Party ticket. Jindan, who belonged to the Koli community, had held a press conference earlier in June in Shimla, wherein, using the Right to Information (RTI) Act, he had claimed that Below Poverty Line (BPL) certificates were being tampered with in his native place of Shillai. He said certificates were being issued to people belonging to the upper castes, who not only have heavy incomes but also lead a well-to-do life adorned with houses, m

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The power of Kudumbashree -Brinda Karat

eld every three years. These people, in turn, elect the coordinators of the ADS who elect the members of the CDS. A majority of the members of the coordinator groups have to belong to women below the Poverty line or from comparatively poorer sections. There is reservation for Dalit and Adivasi women. At the district and State levels, employees/officers of the government are appointed on deputation to help the Kudumbashree groups. Thus, there is a soci

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To put Kerala back on its feet -Bina Agarwal

ed to area development societies at the ward level and community development societies (CDSs) at the panchayat level. Each CDS is registered as an independent society. They are supported by the State Poverty Eradication Mission or Kudumbashree Mission (K Mission), and the Kudumbashree network of CDSs (K network). This institutional structure provides the resilience which physical infrastructure alone cannot. Conceptually, we would expect resource p

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