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Assembly elections: Farm distress, jobs could unseat the BJP in Rajasthan -Rakesh Goswami and Urvashi Dev Rawal

es that formed the traditional vote base of the Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP), rural distress leading to suicides by farmers, hitherto unheard of in Rajasthan, and the exclusion of people from social security schemes will be major issues when the state goes to the polls later this year. Unemployment In 2013, in the run-up to the assembly elections, Raje, then leader of Opposition, pledged good governance if voted to power. The Ashok Gehlot gover

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Assam: The Mythology of "Immigrants" -Subodh Varma

embers are in the NRC list, others not. These point to various failures of the survey and recording system which will hopefully get corrected. But Shah’s linking of the NRC exercise to national security revealed the other agenda at work. Illegal immigrants from Bangladesh – by implication, Muslim immigrants – are posing a threat to national security and hence they should be deported. This

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Solving the mystery of missing employment data in the Indian economy -Himanshu

oyment scenario in the country, national accounts and wage data being two important sources. The other source that has been used extensively as a proxy for employment generation is the data on social security enrolment from Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO). The absence of authoritative and credible data has led to a situation of claims and counter-claims on employment creation under this government, depending on the choice of dat

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Untangling the knot of citizenship -Sanjoy Hazarika

-The Tribune Assam is tense; internet services have been suspended and security forces on standby with the final draft list of the controversial NRC out. Sanjoy Hazarika, a specialist on the north-east, explains why it is sitting on a powder keg I’M not getting into the numbers game for Assam and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) process which is a draft in progress. The first draft, published last December had 19 million names, tr

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Civil society groups ask for proper implementation of NFSA in Delhi to end starvation deaths in the future

children aged 2, 4 and 8 died of starvation. While further details about the circumstances are awaited and the Abhiyan is also in the process of doing a fact finding report, the issue of lack of food security and social security of the poor and marginalised in Delhi is undeniable. The situation is especially dire for children, elderly and the homeless- who are the most vulnerable. The Abhiyan has repeat

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The Numbers Hide The Story -Lola Nayar

-Outlook Social security enrolment of workers is not a good measure of how many new jobs are created Employment data has always been a subject of debate in India, more so now that the surge in social security enrolments is ­being cited as evidence to press home that 41.26 lakh new jobs were created between September 2017 and April this year. The Central Statistics Office data earlier this month

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EPFO payroll data shows 4.4 million jobs created in 9 months till May

r. According to the payroll data released by the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) last month for September to April, as many as 4,126,138 new member were enrolled for its social security schemes to provide benefits, including provident fund, insurance and pension. According to the latest data released Saturday the new members enrolment in May is the highest so far in last eight month at 7,43,608. During May, the maximum number

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Ramesh Chand, member, NITI Aayog, interviewed by Seetha (Firstpost.com)

tate. The remaining crops are not. Arhar is produced in a particular belt, ragi is produced in Karnataka, bajra is produced mainly in Rajasthan. These crops were considered less important from a food security point of view. Besides, for the last two-three years, the government has expanded procurement operations. * So we are likely to see large scale procurement? I am not saying that. The method is to be decided. We are debating it. Procurement

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Bureaucratic Anomalies Put Assam's 'Doubtful Voters' in a Precarious Position -Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty

uo;s village. My family moved here because she works here,” Bhuyan said. Eventually, he left for work in Guwahati. “I didn’t get time to pursue my case. After all, I have been on security duty for the state chief minister – from Tarun Gogoi’s time to Sarbananda Sonowal. But what I did then was request an MLA to ask a question about my D voter status in the assembly. It prompted the then chief minister Gogoi to respond,

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The Cancer Refugees -Shah Alam Khan

ut-of-pocket health expenditure in India accounts for nearly 7 per cent of household expenses. Diseases like cancer are most damaging to a family’s finances. In the absence of health and social security nets, cancers, particularly the ones that offer a chance of cure, can be financially debilitating for a family. It has been established the world over that poverty is a risk factor for cancer causation. But equally true is the fact that in countr

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