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Not much vikas: Did the prime minister's record on development and governance impress UP voters? -Kanti Bajpai

has averaged 1.83% – hardly a breathtaking pace. The prime minister promised to ‘Make in India’. Has manufacturing boomed and produced jobs for the tens of millions entering the Labour market? The figures for both are not that easy to access – which raises questions of its own. But no one would say that there has been much improvement. Even before demonetisation, it was clear that manufacturing was stagnant. If you go to

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From plate to plough: Development with cow -Ashok Gulati & Smriti Verma

h, sabka vikas”, which we feel cannot be achieved unless agriculture is revved up in the state. Agriculture employs the largest proportion (47 per cent) of the workforce (in 2015-16, as per the Labour Bureau) in UP, and its growth rate has been just 2.5 per cent per annum during 2000-01 to 2014-15. This growth is lower than the all-India growth rate of agri-GDP of 2.9 per cent during the same period. UP is located in the Gangetic plains that

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Discrimination against girl child still continues in Odisha -Hemanta Pradhan

darpur village in Jajpur district. This incident stunned the people of the state. Child rights activists said the state needs to do more campaigns to save the girl children. Campaign Against Child Labour state convener Sudhir Kumar Sabat said the state government claims that it has sealed nursing homes and clinics which are indulged in sex selected abortion, but it couldn't stop the practice. "Now people choose small towns for the abortion ins

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Low prices leave turmeric farmers in distress -P Ram Mohan

armers feel. “If we sell our crop at the existing price we cannot recover even the expenditure that ranges between Rs. 80,000 and Rs. 1 lakh. The nine month crop needs huge investment including Labour costs,” deplores a farmer, Vanda Narayana Komadikondur of Korutla mandal. Long wait The farmer has been waiting at the market yard since Tuesday to sell his harvest of 12 quintals of turmeric. “This year turmeric has been plant

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Laggard in human index

that ranks it 125 out of 159 countries. The report said gender-based inequalities linked to patriarchal social norms affect women over their entire lives and manifest as higher malnourishment, lower Labour force, higher workloads and less rest, and less access to financial decision-making and the pervasive risk of violence against women. Please click here to read more.

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MNREGA Is Not Making India's Workforce Less Skilled - Here's Why -Naman Garg and Aarushi Kalra

development and industrial production in India. Their main findings are that MNREGA caused a decline in the number of factory jobs and increased mechanisation in manufacturing due to a decrease in Labour supply. They also suggest that this effect was restricted to factories with low wages, low productivity and pro-employer regulation. These are based on a reasonably well done econometric analysis. However, based on these findings, the authors ma

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MGNREGA lesson for universal basic income: Once introduced, there's no going back -Aurodeep Nandi

increasing MGNREGA allocations. Theoretically, the plan was a stroke of genius. On the one hand, it was to tackle the problem of a burgeoning young unskilled population seeking jobs. On the other, Labourers were to work on building agricultural infrastructure. This way, the programme were to attack three of India’s most vexing deficits in one fell swoop—the jobs deficit, the social security deficit, and the infrastructure deficit. Ho

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Rise in farmer suicides in NE -Sumir Karmakar

au's report, however, showed no farmer suicides in Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand. Altogether 12,602 people involved in the farming sector (comprising 8,007 farmers/cultivators and 4,595 agricultural Labourers) have committed suicide in 2015, accounting for 9.4 per cent of total suicide victims (1,33,623) in the country. In 2014, 5,650 cases were reported, which was 4.3 per cent of the total suicides in the country. Maharashtra (4,291), Karnataka (

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The call for a large safety net -Somesh Jha

or Enterprises in the Unorganized Sector (NCEUS). At present, 82.7% of the 47.41 crore workforce is in the unorganised sector and does not have access to any kind of social security, according to the Labour and Employment Ministry. When the draft code takes final shape in the form of a law, there will be universal coverage of social security schemes guaranteeing equal treatment to all the workers. One for everyone According to the proposed la

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