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Rights groups: 'Supreme Court order on SC/ST Act will reverse gains' -Shalini Nair

ities Act in 2015. The Supreme Court order, many fear, will not only delay justice but make victims more vulnerable to threats, which goes against the stated object of The Scheduled Castes and the scheduled tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act, 2015, which seeks to protect the life and property of vulnerable groups. Latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data shows reported crimes against SCs increased by 5.5 per cent in 2016 whi

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SC/ST Act being used for blackmail, says Supreme Court -Krishnadas Rajagopal

Hindu The Supreme Court directs that public servants can only be arrested with the written permission of their appointing authority. The anti-atrocities law, which protects Scheduled Castes and scheduled tribes from casteist slurs and discrimination, has become an instrument to “blackmail” innocent citizens and public servants, the Supreme Court observed in a judgment on Tuesday. Issuing a slew of guidelines to protect public serv

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A path through the forest -Geetanjoy Sahu

, it will be well organised, consisting of not only farmers but also forest dwellers and landless people who have been deprived and alienated from their resources, especially forest resources. The scheduled tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 or FRA was a landmark legislation that sought to restore the rights of forest dwellers over land, community forest resources and habitats, and the governance a

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100 gram sabhas in Odisha's Kalahandi district to assert rights on bamboo, kendu -Ishan Kukreti

of April and starting of May,” says Kunjabihari Chandan, president of Kalahandi Gram Sabha Samuh. Despite legally given rights on Minor Forest Produce (MFP) like bamboo and kendu under the scheduled tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 (FRA), communities have encountered constant roadblocks in enjoying these rights. “While FRA gives rights over MFPs which include bamboo and kendu, in

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How Kerala plans to give free houses to homeless people -Nidheesh MK

in 2018-19, out of which 66,750 will be finished by this March, he said, according to a PTI report on 7 February. Out of the identified beneficiaries, 75,065 belong to scheduled castes, 14,085 to scheduled tribes and 6,000 are fisherfolk, as per the report. The private sector has also chipped in -- from business forums like Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) agreeing to build some houses to cement companies agreeing to provide cement at sub

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'79% women, 78% men want a daughter' -Radheshyam Jadhav

n in the 15-54 age group in India want to have at least one daughter, according to recently released National Family Health Survey (NFHS) data. Interestingly, men and women from the Scheduled Castes, scheduled tribes, Muslims, rural people and those from the lower rungs of the economic ladder are keener to have a daughter. The proportion of those wanting a daughter has risen from the 2005-06 NFHS survey in which 74% of women and 65% of men had said th

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NFHS Report Indicates Malnourishment Higher Among Dalit, Adivasi Children

d in the last seventy years of Independent rule in this country. The prevalence of Anaemia and malnutrition is higher among people belonging to marginalised sections including scheduled castes and scheduled tribes when compared to those from the general category, according to the fourth National Family Health Survey (NFHS - 4) which was conducted in 2015 – 2016. The survey put forward various percentages of the key indicators of malnouris

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Hindus or Muslims, rich or poor: Who has the highest fertility rate?

o Buddhists (1.7) and Christians (2). India's overall TFR was 2.2- the report said. The low-income segment group has a high fertility rate of 3.2, compared to the high-income level segment at 1.5. scheduled tribes, the least developed among social categories, had the highest fertility rate of 2.5, followed by 2.3 for scheduled castes and 2.2 for other backward classes. The upper castes had the lowest fertility rate of 1.9, cites the report. Age

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The map of rural deprivation -Santosh Mehrotra

olds with a kuchha house; without an adult member in working age; headed by a woman and without an adult male in working age; with a disabled member and without able-bodied adult; of Scheduled Castes/scheduled tribes (SC/ST); without literate adults over 25 years; and the landless engaged in manual labour. The more the number of parameters on which a household is deprived, the worse its extent of poverty. Nearly 30% have two deprivations, 13% have thr

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Upper caste farmers stand to gain more from loan waivers -Roshan Kishore

d) among Indian farmers. These three sources account for more than two-thirds of all loans taken by farmers. Almost half (45.8%) of India’s farmers are from Other Backward Classes (OBCs). scheduled tribes (ST) and Scheduled Castes (SC) comprise of another 14.5% and 13.5%, while others (upper castes) have a share of 26.1%. More than 85% of India’s farmers are either small (0.1 to 1 hectare) or marginal (1.1 to 2 hectares) in nature. T

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