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Managing India's sugar surplus -N Madhavan

on sugar. Their contention was that the subsidies, including the extent of farmer assistance, far exceeded the norms set by the WTO resulting in higher sugar production/exports which dampen the interNational prices and, consequently, hurt their domestic producers. This is not the first time India, the second largest producer of sugar after Brazil, has been so accused. While India’s exports at 4.64 lakh tonnes last year is a minuscule part of th

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BJP No Less Dynastic Than Congress, Lok Sabha Data Show -Tish Sanghera Mumbai: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has had a similar number of ‘dynasts’ amongst its elected parliamentarians over the past two decades as the Indian National Congress (Congress), shows our analysis of a new dataset containing the biographical profiles of all 4,807 parliamentarians since India’s first parliament in 1952. Since 1999, the Congress has had 36 dynastic MPs elected to the Lok Sabha, with the

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Proposal for job guarantee scheme in small towns -Priscilla Jebaraj

t’. With rising unemployment becoming a major poll issue, and several political parties proposing solutions for it in their election manifestos, a group of labour researchers have proposed a National urban job guarantee programme for small towns. They estimate that the scheme would benefit 3 to 5 crore people and cost 1.7% of the GDP if it covers one adult per household in the 4,000-odd towns that have a population of less than 10 lakh peo

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CPI promises job guarantee law

-The Hindu The Communist Party of India has proposed a National employment guarantee law, named after Bhagat Singh, and unemployment allowance, in keeping with the Opposition’s narrative of joblessness to counter Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pitch of National security. “Our fight is to defend the nation and the Constitution. Our fight is to defeat the forces of hate. We all want

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Women's labour force participation in India among the world's lowest: Oxfam -Shagun Kapil

employment category (casual and regular/salaried), organised or unorganised sector, and location (urban and rural), women workers in India are paid a lower wage rate, says a report by Oxfam, an interNational non-profit organisation. The gender pay gap was 34 per cent in India, that is, women get 34 per cent less compared to men for performing the same job with same qualifications, says the report, which based its estimates on employment unemployme

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West Bengal returns Centre's PMJAY funds -Abantika Ghosh

rnment’s flagship health programme Ayushman Bharat. On the day Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee released the party’s manifesto with a focus on National issues such as demonetisation, Kashmir and GST, the state government returned the money received from the Centre for the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY), touted as the biggest government-funded health insurance programme in the world.

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Exercise in manipulation -CP Chandrasekhar

odi regime was characterised by a redistribution of income in favour of a few and a worsened performance in job creation, welfare and alleviating deprivation. AT the end of its five-year term, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s claim that the Indian economy has experienced rapid growth during its tenure sounds shallow. The gross domestic product (GDP) numbers, many observers argue, are wrong and possibly fabricated. The GDP f

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CPI(M) promises unemployment dole -Sobhana K Nair

for all citizens. The party has promised a host of measures to defend democratic rights including working towards repealing laws such as the Sedition Law, Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), National Security Act (NSA) and defamation law. The party that had demanded entirely stalling the Aadhaar exercise in its 2014 manifesto, has demanded in this edition that use of Aadhaar and biometrics for all social welfare measures be scrapped. Pl

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Rural distress and demand up, NREG gets lowest wage hike for 2019-20 -Shalini Nair

get a daily wage hike of between Re 1 and Rs 5. New Delhi: For the year 2019-20, the Ministry of Rural Development notified state-wise wages for unskilled manual workers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act which translate to a 2.16 per cent average annual hike — the lowest ever. So with effect from April 1, rural NREG labourers in six states and Union territories will see no annual increase in their daily wages

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'FPOs need sustained support'

r Producer Organisations. The conference, jointly organised by the Department of Agricultural Economics, Kerala Agriculture University and Indian Society of Agricultural Economics (ISAE), mooted a National level consortium to help the FPCs realise their goals and lead the efforts to enhance farmers’ income. Noted agricultural economist and former director, National Agricultural Innovation Projec

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