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The SDG India Index -- Can bold global ambition be translated into effective ground reality? -Mitu Sengupta

od start, but future developments will need to be watched with a critical eye. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an ambitious declaration of global aspirations, ranging from eliminating Poverty, hunger, and violence against women to providing legal identity and equal access to justice to every person in the world. Adopted unanimously by the 193 UN Member States in September 2015, the SDGs are meant to guide global development efforts for

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Indian women and the aspiration for equality: a Niti Aayog report -Manashi Sengupta

stainable Development Goals as the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. The global target year for reaching the goals is 2030. The 17 goals address challenges related to Poverty, inequality, climate and peace and justice. They are also interconnected to each other. The SDG India Index, 2018, is the first attempt to score states and Union Territories on sustainable development indicators. While doing that, the Niti Aayo

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Universal Basic Income can be funded by reducing subsidies to the rich -Pranab Bardhan

rticle. There are reports that the ruling party in Sikkim has announced UBIS in its election manifesto, and, more intriguingly, the Centre is considering such a measure “for people below the Poverty Line”. The latter is a contradiction in terms: UBIS is an unconditional grant to all citizens, not just to the poor — that’s what “universal” means. As I wrote in my earlier piece, many people, who are much above the

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After 10% quota, Govt plans basic income for poor, aid for farmers -Amitav Ranjan

-The Indian Express The 2017 Economic Survey had flagged the UBI scheme as “a conceptually appealing idea” and a possible alternative to social welfare programmes targeted at reducing Poverty. With its legislation on a 10 per cent quota for the general category poor in jobs and education getting parliamentary backing in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP-led government is now exploring the possibility of providing direc

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PS Krishnan, former secretary to government of India, interviewed by Hridayesh Joshi (

says, violates the Constitution and may not withstand judicial scrutiny. Speaking to The Wire, Krishnan said the Constitution did not envisage reservation provided by to SC and ST communities as a Poverty alleviation programme. The economically backward upper castes do not need reservation, he says. They need scholarships, education loans, skill development assistance and other welfare schemes. * How do you react to the government’s decisi

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West Bengal tribals battling food scarcity: study -Suvojit Bagchi

in some cases, adult members [of households] reportedly ate only once a day,” the report noted. Most of the families surveyed could hardly afford animal protein or pulses. In addition “Poverty-born vices like alcoholism [and] the fragility of the public health system…seemed to have resulted in a much lower life chances among the Adivasis than their more privileged co-citizens,” the report noted. Degradation of forest and en

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Prof. Abhijit Sen, a former member of the erstwhile Planning Commission, interviewed by M Rajshekhar (

eryone has gotten into on the farmers issue, it will be difficult for states to say, ‘We will not join you’. And it is basically a politics we have done so far only for families below the Poverty line or for people willing to do manual work. Here, this is for the farmer. And the farmer can be anyone – a person with 10 acres, 20 acres [of land]. * There will be a competitive element here. If one state does this, others will have to

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Palanpur, a fascinating story of income growth, social change -Niranjan Rajadhyaksha

of the latest survey conducted in 2015 are filtering into the public domain. The broad story of Palanpur has been one of income growth as well as better social indicators over the past seven decades. Poverty has declined but the downside is that inequality has increased because some social groups have adapted to change better than others. Economic growth in Palanpur was initially driven by agriculture. The abolition of zamindari gave tenant farmers

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An attempt to understand and contextualise farmer suicides -MS Sriram

ps. These arguments are clever. On the one hand, they question the rigour of attributing causality, breaking up the triggers to smaller bits and putting them on a statistical significance like (a) Poverty is not a significant reason (b) smaller farmers are not committing suicides (c) indebtedness is not a significant reason or (d) bankruptcy is not a significant reason. On the other hand, they bring out alternative narratives— more lovers

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