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144% More Funds For Agriculture, But Not Enough To Quell Farm Unrest - Nilachala Acharya

India. Our analysis of the budget allocation for the sector shows that the amount provisioned for various agricultural schemes, such as the critical irrigation mission, is inadequate. The new income security schemeis short-sighted and inadequate, providing eligible farmers just Rs 500 per month or Rs 3.5 per person per day (considering a household size of five)--not enough to buy a cup of tea, as has been pointed out. It also offers less effective co

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Gig economy has jobs, but long hours, no security and little pay -Nidheesh MK

-Livemint.com * In Kerala, the online economy taps into a labour pool willing to take up transient jobs due to lack of better options * The gig industry is defined as a labour market characterized by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance work as opposed to permanent jobs ERNAKULAM: The city was fast falling asleep. In home after home, bright porch lights were being turned off behind closed gates. Down an empty street, the light from pole lamps kept flickering over a smal

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How to make Direct Benefit Transfers work for the people -Karthik Muralidharan, Paul Niehaus and Sandip Sukhtankar

ion System with Direct Benefit Transfers will improve efficiency, but shouldn't be implemented at the cost of individual choice. The Public Distribution System (PDS) is India’s flagship food security programme but also suffers from well-known inefficiencies. Even official government estimates suggest that a large share of public spending on the PDS does not reach intended beneficiaries. Thus, the idea of Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT) in lieu

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How Maternity Benefits Can Be Extended to Informal Women Workers -Dipa Sinha and Sudeshna Sengupta

-TheWire.in The proposed Social security Code, which brings together fifteen labour laws, is an opportunity to think afresh about the challenge of supporting new mothers – even in the informal economy. Maternity entitlements in the form of wage compensation during pregnancy and after delivery is an internationally accepted right for all women workers. It is also recognised as a supportive mechanism for exclusive breastfeeding, critical f

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Education and Employment Drew Blanks in the Interim Budget -Kiran Bhatty

year budget. Accordingly, it contained the expected sops to farmers (income support), to the middle class and home owners (increase in income tax and rental income thresholds) and to workers (social security in terms of health and pensions), as the big-ticket announcements. The reining in of the fiscal deficit (3.3% to 3.4%) and the increase in tax collections – induced by both GST and demonetisation – were trumpeted as achievements an

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Centre gets earful from CJI for saying halt NRC during Lok Sabha polls

m, told the bench of CJI Gogoi and Justice R F Nariman that the NRC exercise may have to be suspended from the last date for withdrawal of nominations till two weeks after the date of polling because security forces have to be redeployed. They also said that the political atmosphere is likely to be highly surcharged in view of the polls and may not be conducive for hearing NRC cases. The bench was told that 167 companies of central armed forces dep

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An appeasement Budget -Puja Mehra

the National Statistical Commission — show that unemployment rose to a 45-year high in the demonetisation year. The note ban, these findings suggest, has caused severe distress. Some social security To reach out to the segment worst hit, the Interim Budget announced the Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Mandhan for unorganised sector workers with monthly incomes of less than Rs.15,000. With a token allocation of Rs.500 crore, a direct benefit tra

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MGNREGA workers in Jharkhand demand increase in wages and number of days of guaranteed work

Sahyog Kendra, Chhattarpur, Palamu demanded that these groups be paid on a daily basis instead of quantum of work. Stressing on their socio-economic rights, he also demanded for comprehensive social security including maternity benefits, life insurance, health benefits, provident fund, gratuity and right to quality education for their children. Addressing workers in Manika, James Herenj, Convenor of Jharkhand NREGA Watch said that NREGA can change

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The NDA must pull back on the citizenship amendment bill

its own in the Upper House. This actually creates room for a rethink on the amendment itself. This proposal is constitutionally suspect and politically dangerous. It also jeopardises the internal security environment, can deepen social cleavages and goes against the tenets of Indian nationhood. Here is why. For one, the basic principle of the constitutional order on which the Indian State runs is that there shall be no discrimination on the bas

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Rs. 500 crore for pension for unorganised labour -Priscilla Jebaraj

he benefit within the next five years. “Half of India’s GDP comes from the sweat and toil of 42 crore workers in the unorganised sector…We must provide them comprehensive social security coverage for their old age,” said Finance Minister Piyush Goyal, while announcing the scheme in Parliament. However, the Budget documents show that an existing pension scheme, which already benefits more than 3 crore poor people who are

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