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Using MGNREGA Funds to Subsidise Farm Labour is a Recipe for Disaster -Diego Maiorano and Chakradhar Buddha

-TheWire.in It will greatly bring down the Poverty reduction impact of the programme, harm the construction of much-needed rural infrastructure and dramatically diminish the labourers’ bargaining power vis-à-vis the farmers. At the recent fourth governing council meeting of the NITI Aayog, the government announced the formation of a sub-group of chief ministers to propose ways of linking the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employmen

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Elattuvalappil Sreedharan, 86, a retired civil engineer and famously known as the 'Metro Man', interviewed by Ramesh Babu (Hindustan Times)

hat future do you foresee for the country? I am really impatient at the pace with which the country is progressing. Even after 70 years of independence, one third of our population lives below the Poverty line. Apart from material progress, what I am disappointed is the steep decline in ethics, values and principles in the country. Political ambitions lead our leaders today and not values and righteousness. A thorough course correction is necessary

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Failed borewells and farmer suicides: The human cost of Anantapur's agrarian crisis -Haripriya Suresh

grarian crisis for many years now, as it has a largely rain-fed agricultural economy. As a result, residents who do not have the resources to migrate in search of greener pastures are struggling with Poverty, mounting debt, and government apathy. The drought has propelled a large number of farmer suicides, out of desperation or devastation. At least 223 farmers took their lives between June 2014 and October 2016 because of debt. Among the many w

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The tools for counting -Sonalde Desai

inister at the time, was opposed to collecting caste data and blocked it by claiming that it was logistically impossible for the Census, but caste information could be collected via the planned Below Poverty Line (BPL) Census, later renamed the Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC). Hasty inclusion of the caste question in the SECC has resulted in largely unusable data. The government tasked former NITI Aayog chairman Arvind Panagariya to look into t

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In Chhattisgarh, a Piece of Paper Is Coming in the Way of a Vulnerable Tribe's Rights -Ambika Kapoor and Vipul Paikra

low levels of education, health and economic progress, have been recognised as one of the PVTGs in India by the government. They have a low socio-economic status and several among them live below the Poverty line. The mortality rate among Pahari Korwas is high and so is their population rate. According to official statistics, there are 9,509 Pahari Korwas in Surguja and a total of 37,472 in Chhattisgarh, which is not a significant increase from 196

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Odisha is breaking the patriarchy, one deed at a time -Ashwaq Masoodi

ortant aspect of the post-2015 sustainable development goals (SDGs) of the UN. It is considered to have a potentially transformational role in the achievement of four of the 17 SDGs, including ending Poverty, ensuring food security, achieving gender equality, and empowering women. Land is a state subject in India, so success, whether in terms of statistics or ground reality, is determined by the steps state governments take. Odisha’s gender s

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Food activists slam govt on hunger deaths

cemeal and futuristic announcements by the state government nothing had moved on the ground. Most victims, he said, were from the Dalit and tribal population, who had a history of living in abject Poverty without proper access to social security benefits to various reasons. "When an underprivileged person survives on a half-empty stomach, prolonged starvation will automatically lead to medical complications and trigger death. Why can't the gov

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Government's inaction leading to continuation of starvation deaths in Jharkhand

ody be exhumed for post-mortem. He interpreted the son’s refusal for this as a proof that the victim did not die of starvation. Meena Musahar, a ragpicker, also died in destitution and acute Poverty. According to her neighbours, she was so malnourished that she could not feed her infant child who died a week before her.  She did not have a ration card. Jharkhand government has conveniently absolved itself of any responsibility as she may

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Health and Poverty

-The Hindu Business Line The Ayushman Bharat programme must aim to reverse Poverty caused by healthcare expenses The state of India’s healthcare system is somewhat dichotomous — the country is a global supplier of life-saving, affordable and good quality generic medicines, yet lakhs of families are driven into Poverty because they are forced to spend much of their earnings and savings on

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Is There a Monopoly on Vocational Training in India? -Anand Chandrasekhar

-TheWire.in Has Switzerland’s eagerness to export its vocational training and education model to India led to an unsatisfactory compromise that ultimately hurts the battle against Poverty: granting a private company exclusive rights to the curriculum developed with Swiss taxpayers’ money? This year, India and Switzerland will celebrate 70 years of a Friendship Treaty that was signed by the two countries in 1948. A decade ago, the 6

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