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15 August: Freedom from Hunger? -Subodh Varma

rences between what a rich family will be getting and what a poor one will get. This difference will be quite significant. The poor, which run into millions even by the govt.’s ridiculously low Poverty line, get to consume these life-giving food grains much less than the rich. Average nutritional intake among the poorest 5% of the population was just 1633 Kcal in rural areas and 1637 Kcal in urban areas, revealed an NSSO report for 2011-12, the

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Amarjeet Sinha, Rural development secretary, interviewed by Sayantan Bera and Elizabeth Roche (Livemint.com)

ication of livelihoods through the women’s self-help groups (SHGs), something which happened in a very significant way in southern Indian states and contributed very significantly to decline in Poverty in those states. Women’s SHGs getting into retail, getting into non-farm livelihoods, increasing incomes through basic processing of agri-produce—a whole of that we find in the northern, eastern and north-eastern parts of the country.

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Jharkhand's Khunti: Multiple narratives, one story of migration, bonded labour and hunger

onded labourers. KHUNTI: Her eyes sunk deep in their sockets, Suggi Mundain stares blankly at the wall of her bare-bones hut, her vacant gaze speaking of a once happy family torn apart by grinding Poverty, and telling a societal tale of migration and exploitation. The 60-year-old, her face wrinkled beyond her years, sits despairing and devoid of hope in her home in the village of Jabra in Jharkhand's Khunti district, 50 km from state capital Ran

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Modi's Gas for the Poor Scheme Marred by Data Inflation, Poor Implementation -Ravi Nair

overnments – particularly in south India. And yet, a closer look at the data suggests the new scheme is falling short of meeting the underlying objective, which is to provide families below the Poverty line with continuous, affordable gas for cooking. In October 2009, the erstwhile UPA government launched the RGGLV (Rajiv Gandhi Gramin LPG Vitarak Yojana) with the objective of installing Liquified Petroleum Gas distributors in remote and inac

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Where India's affluent classes live -Tadit Kundu and Pramit Bhattacharya

or 5% of affluent individuals in the country. Mumbai-suburban, Thane, and Raigad districts have been considered part of the Mumbai-Pune urban agglomeration. The analysis of household affluence and Poverty is based on a threefold classification. Households having at least six of the following eight assets or amenities—pucca house, electricity connection, phone (landline/mobile), television, AC/cooler, refrigerator, washing machine, and motoriz

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Assam: The Mythology of "Immigrants" -Subodh Varma

-Newsclick.in Increase in Muslim population is not due to immigrants but because of higher birth rate, which is driven by Poverty and illiteracy. Assam’s Muslim population was recorded as about 34% of the state’s total population in 2011 Census. It was about 31% in 2001 and over 28% in 1991. That’s not much of an increase. Yet insidious political propaganda about rising Muslim population has swamped the minds of people, both

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The Cancer Refugees -Shah Alam Khan

rented for stay near the hospital. Once the money runs out, which usually happens in three to four months, the patients and their families are forced to shift to the streets next to the hospital. Poverty caused by health expenditure has doubled in India in the past 15 years. A recent study claims that out-of-pocket health expenditure in India accounts for nearly 7 per cent of household expenses. Diseases like cancer are most damaging to a family&r

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Using MGNREGA Funds to Subsidise Farm Labour is a Recipe for Disaster -Diego Maiorano and Chakradhar Buddha

-TheWire.in It will greatly bring down the Poverty reduction impact of the programme, harm the construction of much-needed rural infrastructure and dramatically diminish the labourers’ bargaining power vis-à-vis the farmers. At the recent fourth governing council meeting of the NITI Aayog, the government announced the formation of a sub-group of chief ministers to propose ways of linking the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employmen

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Elattuvalappil Sreedharan, 86, a retired civil engineer and famously known as the 'Metro Man', interviewed by Ramesh Babu (Hindustan Times)

hat future do you foresee for the country? I am really impatient at the pace with which the country is progressing. Even after 70 years of independence, one third of our population lives below the Poverty line. Apart from material progress, what I am disappointed is the steep decline in ethics, values and principles in the country. Political ambitions lead our leaders today and not values and righteousness. A thorough course correction is necessary

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Failed borewells and farmer suicides: The human cost of Anantapur's agrarian crisis -Haripriya Suresh

grarian crisis for many years now, as it has a largely rain-fed agricultural economy. As a result, residents who do not have the resources to migrate in search of greener pastures are struggling with Poverty, mounting debt, and government apathy. The drought has propelled a large number of farmer suicides, out of desperation or devastation. At least 223 farmers took their lives between June 2014 and October 2016 because of debt. Among the many w

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