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With Attack on Himachal Man, Number of Murdered RTI Activists Rises to 73 -Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

ss conference in Shimla that an RTI application filed by him had revealed that six affluent families in the Bakras panchayat with assets running into crores were wrongfully registered under the below Poverty line category. Reporting this, a local website had also stated that he had alleged forging of records by one Jai Prakash for securing government jobs for his family members. The website stated that Jai Prakash along with another person, Gopal,

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Madhav Gadgil, noted ecologist, interviewed by Nidheesh MK (

pment entails costs, similar to projects that ignore the environment risks. How does this cost get justified and underwritten? Especially in a less developed economy like India where the challenge of Poverty alleviation can be overwhelming and invites risky short cuts? The question is how the Poverty alleviation programmes are actually operating. You should have among other things, say an employment audi

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Pronab Sen, former Chief Statistician of India, interviewed by TCA Sharad Raghavan

nment recently, is unlikely to change drastically even if other methods of calculation are used, says former Chief Statistician of India, Pronab Sen. The noted economist discusses GDP, employment and Poverty data; the value of the rupee; and how the absence of a Chief Statistician will affect India when it takes new decisions. Excerpts: * The government has said that the back series GDP data is a draft, and that other methodologies are under consid

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Petroleum consortium says refusal to display PM's picture is inviting threat of blocked supplies -Piyush Pandey

ction is being conveyed by area officers of the companies, who visit the retail outlets, according to the dealers. The suggested displays include one on the scheme to provide LPG connections to Below Poverty Line families. The dealer consortium said there was no written communication, and instructions were coming from the territory manager and sales officers of the companies. Staff bio-data sought Recently, the CIPD refused to share personal dat

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Begging and Criminality -Prabhat Patnaik

It is estimated that by 1776 as many as 100000 paupers were housed in work-houses across England and Wales, and that, additionally, by the end of the century as many as a million persons were getting Poverty relief at the local level. These two figures put together would amount perhaps to more than 10 percent of the total population of England and Wales at the time. This is a measure as much of the devastation caused by primitive accumulation of capit

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In poll-bound Chhattisgarh, women stick to chulhas despite LPG scheme -Nidhi Sharma

empty. Vimla, a resident of Lahanga village in Durg district, is a beneficiary of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, a flagship programme of Modi government which provides clean cooking fuel to below Poverty line (BPL) urban and rural households. The scheme was rolled out on May 1, 2016 in Balia in Uttar Pradesh with an aim to replace unclean cooking fuels with LPG. On the ground, it is a different story. ET travelled through election-bound Chhatti

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ILO: Strong wage policies are key to promote inclusive growth in India

n areas, and the highly-skilled professionals earned higher average wages. Casual rural female worker earns the least, pervasive inequality India’s economic growth has resulted in fall in Poverty, moderate change in employment patterns with a growing proportion of workers in services and industry. However, a substantial proportion of workers (47%), continue to be employed in the agricultural sector. The economy still faces informality and

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How the other half lives in Delhi: 4 stories of Poverty, crushed dreams -Manoj Sharma

trition. The mother was found to be mentally unstable. Many find it unthinkable that anyone can starve to death in the capital. Such deaths may be rare, but facts tell a deeply disturbing story of Poverty in the city of 17 million people. Almost 1.7 million live below the Poverty line, or survive on less than RS 1,134 per month, according to the latest Delhi Statistical Handbook, which is based on 2011 c

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Will Ayushman Bharat Lead to Universal Health Coverage for India? -Subhojit Dey

eased and lumbering at a pace which is costing India more than 6% GDP every year to preventable diseases and premature deaths. It also pushes an astounding 66 lakh households and 55 crore people into Poverty each year. Therefore, the declaration by Modi about the launch of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyaan, also known as the Ayushman Bharat – National Health Protection Mission (ABNHPM), on September 25 in the pre-election year, underlines t

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MoSPI says back series GDP figures 'not official', formal data later

n of the economy in 1991. Commenting on the back series data, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram had said the UPA governments delivered the best ever decadal growth and lifted 140 million out of Poverty. "Truth has triumphed. The back series calculation of GDP has proved that the best years of economic growth were the UPA years 2004-2014," he said in one of his tweets. In a statement, the MoSPI said the estimates in the report on

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