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Invisible people: Aadhaar versus particularly vulnerable tribal groups -Jean Dreze

some recent progress. None of the 18 hamlets we visited seemed to have a well-functioning school. Few had their own anganwadis, keeping child development services out of reach of most PVTG children. Health centres, banks and administrative offices are far away and public transport is nil. Government officials rarely visit these hamlets. Isolation, poverty and low education levels have turned PVTGs into sitting ducks for exploitative contractors and m

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Water woes -Michael Kugelman

ement of precious existing resources, fuelled by state failures to embrace water-saving technologies, a perfect storm is set to come into sharp relief. The implications for economic growth and public Health are stark. The water crisis is not just a domestic problem. Pakistan and China face similar water woes. Increasing water stress heightens prospects for hydro-related tensions and conflict, particularly given the absence of robust transboundary w

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Indefinite strike by Bihar's ASHA workers is another reminder that they are overworked, underpaid -Kavita Krishnan The ASHA unions in Bihar are demanding government employee status and a minimum wage. Accredited Social Health Activists or ASHA workers in Bihar went on an indefinite strike from December 1 with a 12-point charter of demands. Bihar has 93,687 ASHA workers – the second highest contingent of the one million ASHA workers in India. They are the key link between the Healthcare system an

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Himachal, Kerala and TN top development index

” NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said. Using the index, States will be monitored on a real-time basis. “Kerala’s top rank is attributed to its superior performance in providing good Health, reducing hunger, achieving gender equality and providing quality education,” the report said. “Himachal Pradesh ranks high on providing clean water and sanitation, in reducing inequalities and preserving the mountain ecosystem.”

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Indian farmers need a new deal and not just loan waivers -Yogendra Yadav

e-offs as well. Raghuram Rajan ought to be taken seriously because he advances robust arguments: benefits of such a waiver often go to the best connected, it creates enormous stress for the fiscal Health of the state government and it inhibits investment down the line. Bankers have often argued that loan waivers hurt credit culture and thus harm rural banking and, eventually, work against the farmers themselves. Agricultural economists tell us that

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Hidden figures: The numbers show absolute deterioration in the condition of farmers -Prabhat Patnaik

uts or for consumption. And finally, industrial goods are not the only ones that the peasants buy from outside; in fact, a very important part of their consumption basket consists of services such as Healthcare and the education of their children, and the prices for these services are not covered in any terms of trade calculations. Inter-sectoral terms of trade statistics, therefore, are totally irrelevant for assessing peasant distress. The peasan

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Neither freebies nor loan waivers will reduce farmer suicides -Neeraj Kaushal

d more widespread than it is. The solutions offered including farm loan waivers and freebies are meant to reduce economic deprivation, which deflects public policy from addressing the critical mental Health needs of the affected population. An October 2018 Lancet Commission report on global mental Health and sustainable development finds that 80% of Indians with any form of mental disorder in India do not s

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Self-taught paramedic bridges Healthcare divide -T Appala Naidu

ved by the 108 emergency services either. “Our people fondly call me ‘doctor’. But I am a person having basic knowledge in first aid. I attend only to fever, cold and other small Health problems. I never deal with pregnancy related issues and am available 24x7,” Mr. Jeeva told The Hindu. “On being forced by the families, I attempt to provide a suitable injection to the children. However, I prefer to send children to

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Poshan sakhis transform reproductive Health in Odisha -Rakhi Ghosh

keranga panchayat of Odisha’s Koraput district. Maitri baithak, or friendship meeting, provides space for women to discuss issues that concern them. The discussions range from their personal Health, children’s Health, food and nutrition, to sensitive matters such as menstrual hygiene and sanitation. Diagnosed as undernourished by the accredited social

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High Arsenic Levels In Punjab Wells Raising Major Public-Health Concern: Study

us Basin region covering areas of Indian as well as Pakistan side of Punjab has "serious" levels of arsenic in groundwater, along with traces of fluoride and nitrate, raising a major public-Health concern, a new study Tuesday said. Of the 13,000 wells in Indian side of Punjab, 25 per cent of them had high levels of arsenic, the study highlighted. Conducted by TERI School of Advanced Studies (TERI SAS) in New Delhi in collaboration with Qu

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