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CSOs are unhappy with the way the Economic Survey 2018-19 & the Union Budget 2019-20 dealt with MGNREGA

formance in the Economic Survey seems politically motivated. Facts have been distorted to imply that no effort was made to improve the delivery of the programme before 2015 and that all technological Innovations introduced in NREGA by the NDA government have been successful. There is no acknowledgment of the growing disinterest of NREGA workers from the programme due to unremunerative wages and unpredictability in wage payments. NREGA Sangharsh Mor

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More of the dismal same -Prabhat Patnaik

-The Indian Express The budget needed to break new ground, provide a thrust to a slowing economy. This budget lacks Innovation. Economics has never been a strong point of the NDA government. Its only two major economic forays, demonetisation and the GST, have both turned out to be pretty disastrous. It was futile, therefore, to expect much from the Union Budget for 2019-20. Even so, one is surprised by the budget’s lack of engagement wi

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Industry needs 'national Innovation system' -Santosh Mehrotra

nated at 16 per cent since 1991, despite economic reforms. No country ever became a manufacturing force without (a) a design capability; and (b) an institutional system that incentivises and sustains Innovations. India needs a system to develop human and technical capabilities at both the enterprise as well as at the national level. Within a broader industrial policy, a critical dimension will remain building a design capacity in enterprises. To qu

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Prudent prescription: on MSME sector

h; a 13-year-old law, the MSME Development Act, 2006 — be changed to prioritise market facilitation and ease of doing business. Observing that many Indian start-ups that are at the forefront of Innovation are drawn to look overseas, given the conducive business environment and the availability of infrastructure and exit policies, the experts suggest that a new law ought to address the sector’s biggest bottlenecks, including access to credi

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'FPOs need sustained support'

oted a national level consortium to help the FPCs realise their goals and lead the efforts to enhance farmers’ income. Noted agricultural economist and former director, National Agricultural Innovation Project Mruthyunjaya said that disruptive technologies have to be used to drive growth in agriculture. He stressed the need for more studies on FPCs to reduce the knowledge gap as well as cause, consolidate and extend new gains. KAU Vice-Cha

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Reality of impunity, rhetoric of human rights -Maja Daruwala & Devika Prasad

-The Hindu Isolated Innovations are not enough to stop cases of custodial torture In May 2017, addressing representatives from countries at the UN’s Human Rights Council, the then Attorney General of India said, “The concept of torture is completely alien to our culture and it has no place in the governance of the nation.” Last week in Sitamarhi district, Bihar, two families received the bodies of their two sons from the p

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The pillar stands -PC Mohanan

e outside the organisations where they work and leads to better coordination among them. We should be thankful to the foresight of the post-Independence administration for these simple administrative Innovations. Please click here to read more.

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Missing the gender-infrastructure link -Simrit Kaur, Sanchita Joshi & Vaibhav Puri

quo; (Goal 10) and “peace, justice and strong institutions” (Goal 16) with scores of 90, 71 and 71 respectively. However, the performance has been abysmal on goals pertaining to industry, Innovation and infrastructure (Goal 9, henceforth Infra-9), sustainable cities and communities (Goal 11) and gender equality (Goal 5), with scores of 44, 39 and 36 respectively. The performance of gender equality is particularly lamentable, given the i

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Jean Dreze, the Belgian-Indian economist, interviewed by Ujjawal Krishnam (National Herald)

sed to develop the rural economy for the benefit of small and marginal farmers. Instead, most farmers in Jharkhand grow much the same crops with the same techniques as they did one hundred years ago. Innovation and diversification do not happen so easily on their own, they require active promotion. Most people can catch a fish or collect mushrooms, but making a good business of it can be quite difficult without various forms of public support. The

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Policy must tackle not just dissatisfaction of large farmers, but distress of most vulnerable -Bina Agarwal

-The Indian Express To address farmers' woes, we need a multi-pronged strategy of income support, government investment, and institutional Innovations, and not a one-size-fits-all approach. The two main policy interventions repeatedly discussed in recent months to tackle farmer distress — loan waivers and minimum support prices (MSP) — treat all farmers (large/small, male/female) alike. But farmers are heterogeneous. They differ e

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