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Allow odd-even exemptions for one more year, Delhi government pleads with NGT -Jasjeev Gandhiok

ition of such number of buses, it will cause great hardship to these persons and there is every likelihood that the economic activities in Delhi may face large scale disruption, besides affecting the Livelihood of a majority of two wheelers owners," the petition stated. The petition informed the NGT that the Delhi government had been unable to procure sufficient number of buses so far due to non-availability of land for construction of depots.

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Food security: Solution lies in traditional food -Archana Mishra

sehold.  But a family of seven or eight people is able to sustain on that ration for only a week or ten days. The question is how to survive for the remaining month?  They have no source of Livelihood except to work as migrant labour. With the limited money, they buy only one or two vegetables from the market for an entire week and that too in small proportions, which is insufficient for the entire family. Those who are worst off survive on

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Global Hunger Index: We need significant improvements to dent malnutrition -Dipa Sinha

h proposals not only favour commercial and vested interests more than malnourished women, children and communities, but they also divert attention away from the real issues of unequal access to food, Livelihoods and natural resources. It is welcome that the theme of this year’s report of the GHI is on “The Inequalities of Hunger”. As the report rightly points out, “Examining hunger through the lens of inequality brings into

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Pesticide Poisoning Kills 18 Farmers in Maharashtra's Yavatmal, NHRC Seeks Report -Varsha Torgalkar

-TheWire.in The human rights commission has said the farmers’ right to life and Livelihood has been violated because of government negligence. Yavatmal, Maharashtra: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), taking suo moto cognisance of media reports that over 18 farmers died due to infection caused by spraying pesticides on their cotton crop in the last three months, has sent notices to the Maharashtra government and the central Min

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Is the Government Planning to Dismantle the ICDS Programme? -Rashme Sehgal

while state governments spend another Rs 16,000 crore annually. The fulcrum of the programme is the 14 lakh anganwadi workers who implement a slew of schemes pertaining to healthcare, sanitation, Livelihood and women empowerment at the village level. The Ministry of Women & Child Development, headed by Maneka Gandhi, is quietly planning pilot projects to replace the hot cooked meals and panjiri given under ICDS with direct cash transfers.

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A full-blown agrarian crisis? -Devinder Sharma

dised agricultural imports and that also at zero per cent duty. No wonder, despite a bountiful harvest, the imports continue to pour in. The more the imports, the more severe a blow it strikes to the Livelihood security of small farmers. With no takers for their produce, small farmers are the first to abandon farming and migrate to urban centres in search for menial jobs. With job creation already at its lowest, uprooting small farmers to force them i

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In State-Level Changes to Land Laws, a Return to Land Grabbing in Development's Name -Manju Menon, Kanchi Kohli and Debayan Gupta

ractice where the state could take away an individual’s home, farm or occupational right by merely issuing a notice. SIA is the only mechanism today to address the impacts of acquisition on the Livelihoods of all those who don’t own land but are dependent on it. This is a pre-requisite to formulate inclusive rehabilitation packages. The SIA, coupled with public hearings at the gram sabha, was to ensure that all affected people would have a

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MGNREGA, once world's largest source of rural Livelihood, now a tale of decay and digital delay -Rashme Sehgal

-Firstpost.com Have women living in rural India benefitted from the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Scheme (MGNREGA)? MNREGA was introduced in 2006 and has emerged as the largest programme in the world for providing employment to the rural poor. While there is no doubt that MNREGA in a short span of ten years did help generate 20 billion person-days of employment benefitting 276 million workers from which more than half were women. Women admit that in the initial years, it did h

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Narmada dam: Public finance, public play -Sudeep Chakravarti

of arid land, and the “promise” of drinking water for 30 million people in drought-prone areas, besides electricity for agriculture, urban areas and industry. “But they threaten the Livelihoods of more than 140,000 people in the areas to be flooded by the Sardar Sarovar Dam and to be affected by the building of canals. And they may have negative environmental consequences,” the report stated. The bank’s independent rev

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Do we really need interlinking of rivers? -Himanshu Thakkar

-Livemint.com The river interlinking project will adversely affect land, forests, biodiversity, rivers and the Livelihood of millions of people Interlinking of rivers is a very expensive proposal. It has huge adverse environmental impacts on land, forests, biodiversity, rivers and the Livelihood of millions of people. It is a socially disruptive proposition. It will not only add to climate change im

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