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Budget unmindful of income inequality -MA Oommen

ints out that the ratio of taxpayers to voters is only 4 per cent, whereas it should be closer to 23 per cent. The Survey also says: “India’s spending to GDP ratio (as well as spending in Human capital, i.e. health and education) is lowest among BRICS and lower than both the OECD and EME averages. India’s tax (Centre + State’s) to GDP ratio at 16.6 per cent also is well below the EME and OECD averages of about 21 per cent and 3

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Only NCERT books at all CBSE schools -Manash Pratim Gohain

ondary Education (CBSE) schools across the country is expected to standardise the curriculum across schools in the country. The decision was taken at a review meeting chaired by Union minister for Human resource development Prakash Javadekar. It is a welcome relief for millions of parents forced by schools to purchase textbooks from private publishers, often at prices 300-600% higher than the NCERT books. A senior HRD officials said NCERT has

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Budget bids adieu to welfare state, rue civil rights activists

, the details have to be made public to ensure transparency and should be accompanied by public consultations/ deliberations,” said the RFC, which includes National Federation for Indian Women, Human Right Law Network, National Campaign for People's Right to Information, among others. With regard to the rural job guarantee programme, MGNREGA, the RFC accused the Finance Minister of “misleading” the people. Please click here to

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Social sector may be victim of inadequate budget -Bappaditya Chatterjee

llocation has been affecting the quality of education in government schools, where over five lakh teachers posts are vacant. At least 6.4 lakh teachers are untrained," Rai said, pointing out the Human Resource Development Ministry budget has remained stagnant at 3.7 per cent of the total budget. Ten per cent of the schools have single teachers, 30 per cent are without functional toilets for girls and 20 per cent do not provide safe drinking wa

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DeMo dole in Bengal -Devadeep Purohit

t yet clear how many workers have returned to Bengal post-demonetisation and how the recipients will be chosen. "We are in the process of collating exact numbers," Mamata said. Given the Humane nature of the scheme, the Opposition was unable to criticise it but CPM state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra asked the government to ensure that the recipients are not limited to supporters of Trinamul alone. Please click here to read more.

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Unemployment has risen sharply among SCs & STs in last 6 years

ployment rate has risen much sharper among the Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) vis-à-vis the overall population. Replying to a starred question by Shri PL Punia regarding Human Development Index (HDI) of SCs and STs, the Minister of State for Planning said on 6 February, 2017 in the Rajya Sabha that the unemployment rates among SCs, STs and total population has increased from 3.2 percent to 5.0 percent, 2.6 percent to 4.4

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Human Development Index: 'Gap remains between SCs, STs and other social groups' -Manoj CG

er cent over the same period, Minister of State for Planning Rao Inderjit Singh told the Upper House during Question Hour. In a written answer, Singh said, “There has been improvement in the Human Development Indices of SCs and STs over the years, even if the gap in the indices (still) remains between them and other social groups”. He said the main reasons for this gap are “poverty, and its vicious circle, illiteracy, dependence l

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Share of spend in government expenditure, GDP on education falling for 3 years -Subodh Varma

rnational trackers do, the trend is clear — having dipped from 0.63% of the GDP in 2013-14 to 0.47% projected by the government for 2017-18. Although budgeted expenditure for the ministry of Human resource development (MHRD) has been increased over the previous year by about 8%, this is illusory because inflation of about 5-6% would neutralise most of it. Since 2016-17, the government has rejigged the sharing pattern of central schemes in

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Aadhaar linkage to school subsidy schemes worries HRD Ministry

-The Hindu The HRD Ministry official was responding to the Cabinet Secretariat’s directive in November. The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has expressed concern over the Centre’s push to link the Aadhaar number with subsidy schemes related to school education. In a recent inter-ministerial meeting, the Department of School Education and Literacy (DSEL), under the HRD Ministry, said the decision to use the Aadhaar numb

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Pregnant Women Entitled to Rs 6,000: Maternity scheme gets Rs 2,700 crore, experts say not enough - Shalini Nair

latest available figure for live births, as per the Civil Registration System (CRS) 2013 of the Home Ministry, is 2.6 crore. Jashodhara Dasgupta, from the National Alliance for Maternal Health and Human Rights, pointed out that as per an estimate by the think-tank Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability, a total of Rs 16,000 crore is required for the scheme annually. This estimate has been arrived at after excluding women employed in the fo

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