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Cabinet clears voluntary use of Aadhaar as identity proof

violations of Aadhaar Act and provisions by entities in the Aadhaar ecosystem. “It permits the entities to perform authentication only when they are compliant with the standards of privacy and security specified by the Authority,” it said. Please click here to read more.

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MGNREGA Workers Not Paid for Months, FIRs to be Lodged Against PM Modi - Tarique Anwar

ntly will go into clearing the backlog of pending liabilities. Contrary to the claims of highest ever allocation to the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), the social security scheme that aims to guarantee the right to work is facing severe fund crisis – with state governments left with no funds to pay workers. From October 2018 to February 1, no Fund Transfer Orders (FTOs) were processed due to non-availability

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The Subversion of MGNREGS -Prabhat Patnaik

ct mendicant in the country, paid taxes to the State via the indirect levies on what he bought, but the State earlier did practically nothing for the citizen in return. To say that it provided “security” to the citizen meant little, since the “security” it did provide meant little to the poor. The MGNREGS, by contrast, promised to usher in a new era where the State would provide a de

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Food security of farmers essential to check suicides -S Harpal Singh

dal of Adilabad district or other farmers who cultivate foodgrains for self-consumption like him — of a solution to control farmer suicides, he is most likely to point out towards ensuring food security for the poor agriculture community. “The distress brought upon by the failure of commercial crops like cotton and the volatility of markets can be by and large taken care of if the farmer does not have to worry about his next meal,” M

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3-fold hike in margin money to Delhi's ration dealers

The ration dealers will get the benefit of the enhanced margin money from the month of March, the statement said. It includes rice and wheat distributed by ration dealers under the National Food security Act, 2013, apart from sugar. The Delhi Ration Dealers Association had been demanding for a long time that margin money for manual distribution of food grains may be increased in order to enable them run fair price shops (FPSs) in a sustainable

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Social media's election plan: Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp want to bring transparency -Furquan Ameen

parliamentary committee led by BJP MP Anurag Thakur. On February 1, the committee summoned senior global Twitter executives at short notice to quiz them about steps being taken to ensure users’ security and safety as well as about allegations that the social media site’s been cracking down indiscriminately against “nationalist” users. The committee wasn't pleased when India-based executives turned up instead and refused to hear

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Rash U-turns, half-baked plans -Jean Dreze

f the central government to social policy in the last five years. Maternity entitlements, a legal right of all Indian women (except those already covered in the formal sector) under the National Food security Act 2013, were ignored for years and are brazenly violated to this day. The rights of workers employed under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act have also been undermined by budget crunches, erratic wage payments and the vagaries of techn

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Casting the Net: India's Public Distribution System after the Food security Act -Jean Dreze, Prankur Gupta, Reetika Khera and Isabel Pimenta

of the public distribution system is presented in six of India’s poorest states—Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and West Bengal—soon after the National Food security Act, 2013 came into force. Important gains have been made, including broader coverage, lower targeting errors, accelerated PDS reforms, and a greater political commitment to food security. In four of t

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For democracy's sake, EVMs must have proper VVPAT-based audit -V Ramani and K Ashok Vardhan Shetty

e more harm than good by diverting public attention from genuine concerns about EVMs and the Election Commission of India’s (ECI) lack of transparency in the matter. The controversy over the security of EVMs dates back to the early 2000s, and is not confined to India. A consensus has emerged that voters can’t verify whether their votes have been recorded and counted correctly, and that miscounts due to EVM malfunction or fraud are undet

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