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Aadhaar may be used to verify SECC beneficiaries -Yogima Sharma

-The Economic Times NEW DELHI: The government proposes to use Aadhaar to identify beneficiaries under the Socio Economic and Caste Census to weed out frauds and duplication. The rural development ministry will soon launch the exercise to use the 12-digit unique identity number to assess the socio economic status of all the beneficiaries under the second Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC), which is due in 2021. A senior government official t

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Lancet does what Indian media won't -GS Mudur

er, the journal said, protracted exposure to violence has led to a “formidable mental health crisis”. A study by the international humanitarian agency, Medecins Sans Frontieres, in two rural districts affected by the conflict had found that nearly half of Kashmir’s people rarely felt safe and that of those who had lost a family member to violence, one in five had witnessed the death. Please click here to read more.  

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PM Modi is Worried About Population Explosion, a Problem Set to Go Away in 2021 -Saurabh Rai and M Sivakami

t level of fertility. The National Family Health Survey (NFHS), which provides demographic estimates and which the government uses for policymaking, shows India’s TFR was 2.2 in 2016: 2.4 in rural areas and 1.8 in urban; the latter is below the replacement rate. Eighteen states and five union territories had a TFR of 2.1 or less in 2016 itself. Even the Statistical Report 2017 of the Sample Registration System (SRS), released by the Office of

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What happened to poverty during the first term of Modi? -Himanshu

agriculture and last year’s decline in farm output prices, cultivators have fared worse than casual wage workers. Casual wage workers and self-employed account for almost 90% of all workers in rural areas, and it is no surprise that rural demand has collapsed in the last five years. This was bound to spill over to other sectors of the economy, and the recent indicators of falling consumption demand o

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Economist Jean Dreze: Article 370 helped reducing poverty in Jammu and Kashmir -Vishwadeepak

alley Life expectancy at birth is higher in Jammu and Kashmir which is depicted as a terrorist-state by media as compared to Gujarat which is projected as a model state in India; percentage of the rural population living below the poverty line in Jammu and Kashmir is less than Gujarat, also the percentage of the immunised children living in Jammu and Kashmir is higher than Gujarat.   Based on official figures, these findings

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Lessons after the great deluge -Anjith Augustine, Shyama Kuriakose, Rajesh George & Monolita Chatterjee

sing and land use in fragile zones which allow buildability but with sensitive development. Dilution of laws The need of the hour is for a review and revision of building bye-laws for urban and rural areas in accordance with bettering environmental sustainability. In 2017, a judgment of the High Court of Kerala mandating the inclusion of a clause in building rules, and which said that ‘natural drains and streams shall not be obstructed by

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Under Rs 3.5L cr scheme, all rural homes to get piped water by 2024

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced the launch of Jal Jeevan Mission, which will primarily focus on providing piped water supply to all rural households by 2024. He said over Rs 3.5 lakh crore will be spent under the mission. Modi highlighted how for seven decades a large section of the rural populace had to wait for getting safe drinking water and neede

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Solar pump scheme needs serious relook -Chandra Bhushan

ower irrigation pumps, with central financial support of Rs 34,422 crore. It includes installation of 1.75 million off-grid and 1 million on-grid solar pumps as well as 10,000 MW of solar capacity in rural areas through decentralised ground-mounted plants of 0.5 MW to 2 MW capacity. These plants will be used to solarise the rural grid. Just to contextualise, 25,750 MW solar capacity can power about 11.5

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