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Kerala Model of Urban Employment Guarantee -Surajit Das

security to the poorest of the poor in the urban areas in absence of enough employment opportunity in the economy. In the midst of increasing unemployment in the country, along with Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) for the rural poor, the state government of Kerala has an interesting employment-of-last-resort programme for the urban poor as well – Ayyankali Urban Employment Guarantee Scheme (AUEGS). Just lik

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These nomads from AP's Krishna district will vote for the first time -T Appala Naidu

-The Hindu MACHILIPATNAM (Andhra Oradesh): A group of 10 unsung volunteers has helped almost 2,000 fellow Yanadi tribal people to enrol as voters, enabling them to exercise their right to franchise in the general elections 2019. A nomadic tribe, the Yanadi in Krishna district have constantly been on the move in search of livelihood opportunities from one season to the next. With a large number of families living in the mangrove forests and marshy lands to hunt wild crabs and fish and oft

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ECI stalls Karnataka farm loan waiver scheme till the end of election process -Sharath S Srivatsa

-The Hindu Decision to stop the scheme for now was based on opinion that unlike other schemes announced in the budget, this scheme entails cash transfer to beneficiaries, “which could sway them weeks before polling.” Bengaluru: The farm loan waiver scheme of the Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress coalition government has been stalled temporarily by the Election Commission of India after the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha election came into force. The Commission indicat

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Political parties yet to comply with RTI Act -Priscilla Jebaraj

-The Hindu SC to hear petitioner next week In a time of deep political polarisation, refusing to comply with the RTI Act seems to be one of the few issues that has united National parties across the ideological spectrum. Despite a June 2013 ruling from the Central Information Commission (CIC) that they fall within the ambit of the transparency law, parties insist that they cannot be considered public authorities under the Act. Six years

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A short history of data -Nikhil Menon

-The Hindu Why the recent undermining of the credibility of India’s statistical output is especially regrettable Over the past two months, Indian National statistics and the organisations that administer them have faced a volley of criticism. In January, two independent members of the National Statistical Commission resigned in protest, over alleged suppression of economic data by the governme

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Rajasthan alleges Centre's discriminatory attitude towards farmers

ting a “discriminatory attitude” towards the State’s farmers, reflected in the lower targets set for procurement of mustard and gram on minimum support prices in comparison with the National average. A ceiling of 25-quintal purchase on a day has been set for the farmers. State Cooperative Minister Udai Lal Anjana has taken up the matter with Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, requesting him to enhance the procurement

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About 44% of PM-KISAN beneficiaries await payment from Centre -Priscilla Jebaraj

-The Hindu New Delhi: With just 10 days to go for the first payout deadline under PM-KISAN, only 2.74 crore farm families, or about 56% of the total list of 4.92 crore names submitted by States, have been paid so far. The remaining 2.18 crore farm families are still awaiting processing or are caught somewhere within a four-stage validation process set up belatedly to weed out fakes. The scheme to pay Rs. 6,000 per year to small farming families was introduced less than a month before the

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National male workforce shrinking, says labour report that Govt buried -Jay Mazoomdaar

-The Indian Express 2017-18 data shows 28.6 crore employed male, down from 30.4 crore in 2011-12. The yet -to-be-released PLFS report put the unemployment rate for male in urban and rural segments at 7.1 per cent and 5.8 per cent, respectively.   For the first time since 1993-94, the actual size of India’s male workforce, or men who are working, has shrunk. Data from the NSSO’s Periodic Labour Force Survey 2017-18, reviewed by The Indian Express, account

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Lead in PVC pipes is poisoning India's drinking water, but govt's done nothing in 2 years -Malavika Vyawahare

its use have yet to bear fruit, partly due to government lethargy and partly due to resistance from industry. NGT demanded action in 2017 In May 2017, India’s apex environment court, the National Green Tribunal (NGT), said in its judgment that in view of “the potential adverse health effects due to presence of lead in water flowing through PVC pipes”, action be taken “expeditiously”. It directed the environment

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Campaign to move focus away from Nationalism to 'real issues'

he death anniversary of Bhagat Singh, which is commemorated as Shaheed Diwas or Martyrs’ Day. The “Desh Mera, Vote Mera, Mudda Mera” campaign will aim to move the focus away from Nationalism to “real issues” such as farm distress, unemployment, education, hate crimes and growing inequality, said leaders of the coalition. They blamed Opposition parties for being passive and unable to reverse the “hijacking of t

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