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State of Agriculture in India -Tanvi Deshpande

in agricultural land leasing laws, shifting to micro-irrigation techniques to improve efficiency of water use, improving access to quality seeds by engaging with the private sector, and introducing a National agricultural market to allow the trading of agricultural produce online. Please click here to read the entire report.

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How new law marks paradigm shift, gives mentally ill many clear rights -Abantika Ghosh

-The Indian Express The rights-based approach departs from the ‘assurance-based approach’ of the new National Health Policy, which essentially perpetuates the status quo, explains The Indian Express. Since the time the Mental Health Bill was introduced in Rajya Sabha in 2013, decriminalisation of suicide has been its calling card. However, the legislation travels beyond just that colonial era relic, assuming a rights-based approach

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No Country For Maharashtra's Dryland Farmers -Milind Murugkar

ns. So there is a moral obligation for the government to protect the MSPs. But even if there were no trade restrictions, the government has the duty to offer the price floor. This is because the interNational prices of agricultural commodities have wide fluctuations and the dryland farmers cannot be expected to withstand such prices shocks. (For example, compared to last year, the prices today have fallen by over 250%.) The MSPs thus should be seen as

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Giving short shrift to children's rights -Jean Dreze

he last three years. A few examples, not exhaustive, are as follows. No maternity entitlements First, the Central government has violated women’s right to maternity entitlements under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 for more than three years. Under the Act, every pregnant woman is entitled to maternity benefits of ?6,000, unless she is already covered by maternity schemes in the formal sector. The Economic Survey 2015-16, in a

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Tamil Nadu's Amma canteen concept catches on in other states -Nikita Doval

to all the schemes which had been started in the years before, ranging from giving free laptops, mixer-grinders and of course the canteens, but a bigger purpose is also being met. According to the National Family and Health Survey conducted in 2015, Indians still continue to struggle with BMI (body mass index) and anaemia. In states like Andhra Pradesh, 14.8% of men and 17.6% of women were found to be underweight. In Madhya Pradesh the numbers were

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Govt likely to keep MGNREGA labour budget for 2017-18 unchanged -Sanjeeb Mukherjee

s by the end of 2016-17 could be around Rs 3,000-4,000 crore For the second year running, the Centre is likely to approve a labour budget of around 2.2 billion person-days under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).   The labour budget, for 2017-18, could be enhanced as well, if more demand is generated owing to drought or insufficient rainfall in any part of the country, senior officials said. Labour budge

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Breaking the M-word taboo in Kerala -Aabha Raveendran

different problem. With the increased health literacy level and consumerist social structure, access to menstruation products is not a big problem for women in Kerala. Three young students of the National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) in Kochi — Preethishree Dash, Ayushi Dangre and Sara Fathima — found that a large number of girls in a nearby orphanage were left out. With no funds to purchase quality sanitary napkins, th

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Why I would not advocate vegetarianism -Sunita Narain

le in Latin America, Europe and North America—all produced with extremely high environmental impacts. Meat production in the developing world is very different, says this assessment by the InterNational Livestock Research Institute, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and the InterNational Institute for Applied System Analysis. Here livestock subsists largely on grasses an

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Nearly 25% of UP's adults are underweight, higher than the National average

f Minister of Uttar Pradesh, the proportion of adult men and women having below normal BMI is 25.1 percent and 22.2 percent, respectively. This has been revealed by the latest available data from the National Family Health Survey-4 (NFHS-4). Please click here to access.  In the district of Varanasi, from where the Lok Sabha MP Shri Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of India in 2014, the proportion of adult men and women having below nor

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The long list of Aadhaar linked schemes -K Deepalakshmi

-The Hindu The UID number, popularly known as Aadhaar, was envisaged as an end to fake or multiple identities The UID number, popularly known as Aadhaar, was envisaged as an end to fake or multiple identities. However, the ambitious scheme has been facing controversies and successive governments have been silent on questions on the security of personal data collected by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). A Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court is hearing arguments on

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