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Why income transfers are not enough -Harsh Mander

There are obvious implementation difficulties with this formulation as well. These relate, most of all, to how the poorest households can be identified with any kind of objectivity and certainty. All Poverty lists of governments so far have been ridden with fatal flaws. Even Planning Commission studies have demonstrated that if you are poor, the chances are more that you will not be included in an official list of the poor, than included. The reason f

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Jobs or doles: which is the way forward? -Mahendra Dev & Pronab Sen

ext double down on employment creation or opt for direct transfers to the people who need it? Mahendra Dev: Let me start on the employment question. Productive employment is the best way to remove Poverty. But the organised sector constitutes only about 10% of the population; unorganised sector employees constitute almost 90%. In that context, unless you create jobs for everybody in the organised sector, the working poor will have problems. People

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Congress' election manifesto is the right document at the wrong time: Yogendra Yadav The priorities listed by Rahul Gandhi are arguably the issues India should focus on: Poverty, farm distress, unemployment, health and the sense of fear. The launch of the Congress’s manifesto Tuesday marked a missed opportunity in this historic Lok Sabha election. Not because this manifesto is a bad document. As far as manifestos of mainstream parties go, this one is more cogent and thought-through than the run-of-the-mill d

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Adding egg or milk can reduce stunting in young children: study -R Prasad

ality protein that contains adequate amounts of digestible essential amino acids does help in reducing the risk of stunting, it cannot completely prevent it. Several other factors including genetics, Poverty and sanitation play a role,” says Anura V. Kurpad from the institute’s Department of Physiology and senior author of a paper published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Please click here to read more.

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'Early brain function affected in poor kids'

-The Hindu Study says children from lower income background had weaker brain activity Children born into Poverty show key differences in early brain function, according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA). Researchers studied the brain function of children aged between four months and four years in rural India and found that children from lower income backgrounds, where mothers also had a low level of education, had wea

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Has NDA-II addressed India's housing challenge? -Sneha Alexander & Vishnu Padmanabhan

National Democratic Alliance has revamped the long-running Indira Awaas Yojana housing scheme but India remains a long way from Housing for All The quality of housing is the most visible aspect of Poverty. In India’s cities and villages, the poorest almost always live in makeshift or dilapidated homes, which can be bad for their health and hurt their productivity. Governments have long tried to address this through different housing policies,

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A festival of rash promises -Ashok Gulati

. But a political system must lead to policies that improve people’s welfare. The state’s first duty is to provide security to the lives and property of people. Next, it must eliminate Poverty, hunger, and malnutrition. The entire gamut of policies should work towards this fundamental objective. Our record on this front is mixed — the glass is only half full. That should be the central point of the debate in this election. Plea

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Limits of handout politics -Rama Bijapurkar and Rajesh Shukla

-The Indian Express Congress may be talking to economists and experts. But is it listening to the voter? Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s plan for a “surgical strike on Poverty” is built around some key numbers: Rs 12,000, the target minimum monthly income for a household; 5 crore households (amounting to 20 per cent of all Indian households); Rs 6,000, their average monthly earning; and therefore, Rs 6,000, the monthly amo

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Why is South Asia performing so badly on the SDGs? -CP Chandrasekhar and Jayati Ghosh

ess, the direction and pace of change towards meeting these goals is important. South Asia (and particularly India) was something of a laggard in meeting the MDGs, other than those relating to income Poverty – and if current trends are considered, the problems are even greater with respect to the SDGs. The most recent available data suggest that the regions is very far from being on track to achieve most goals, and in some cases and for certain

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Pathways to an income guarantee -Ram Singh

vernment can mobilise the required sum, is the scheme a good way of spending money on the poor? No. Many landless labourers, agricultural workers and marginal farmers suffer from multi-dimensional Poverty. Benefits of high economic growth during the last three decades have not percolated to these groups. Welfare schemes have also failed to bring them out of destitution. They have remained the poorest of Indians. Contract and informal sector workers

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