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Punjab scheme snub -Arnab Ganguly

cess, while the Centre has its contribution fixed at 60 per cent. This is not acceptable to us," said Mohindra. "Plus, we are already paying up to Rs 50,000 in health insurance for below-Poverty-line families under the Bhagat Puran Singh Sehat Bima Yojana, covering nearly 15 lakh families. Why should we take an additional burden?" the health minister asked. Please click here to read more.

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Southern comfort: India's global Poverty rank improves -Suvojit Bagchi

-The Hindu Study says Poverty levels fell from 55% to 21% in a decade, mainly due to the lowered burden in the southern States Kolkata: India’s Multidimensional Poverty (MDP) has dropped significantly, largely as a result of the performance of five key southern States. Between 2005-06 to 2015-16, Poverty level came down from 55% to 21%, improving th

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Rural income: looking beyond agriculture -Sanjay Kaul

e engines of growth for Chinese rural non-farm sector. As a result, China’s rural non-farm sector has emerged as a major source of the high rates of economic growth in the recent past. Rural Poverty levels are as low as 2.5% now in China while in India, they remain as high as 40% in some states. Please click here to read more.

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Jean Dreze, development economist and social activist, interviewed by Sagar (

a Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. What had led to such a situation there, and have the government’s health and food schemes reached those places yet? JD: These incidents were partly due to chronic Poverty, aggravated by widespread drought. But they were also made possible by a virtual absence of any sort of public support for vulnerable households. Instead, the government was busy accumulating huge food stocks at that time, well in excess of offici

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Jean Dreze, development economist and social activist, interviewed by Rupashree Nanda (CNN-News18)

w social progress is far from new in India, but it is perhaps more striking than ever today. I doubt that the government’s fixation with economic growth has much to do with any commitment to Poverty reduction. More likely, it reflects superpower aspirations. If you want to improve people’s lives, economic growth would be important, but so would other enabling factors such as elementary education, social policy, gender equality, environm

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Can goats secure livelihood for small and marginal farmers?

ral areas, specifically in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Odisha. International technical experts and national policy makers will discuss how building a vibrant goat sector in India is critical to reducing Poverty, meeting the Sustainable Development Goals and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aim to double farmers’ income by 2022. Raising goats is an income-generating activity that has enormous potential to increase incomes and improve nutritio

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How MGNREGA can be re-engineered for doubling of farmers' incomes -Ashok Pankaj & Mondira Bhattacharya

lnerable section” households, on whose lands or homesteads such individual asset-creating works can be taken up. These include Schedule Castes/Tribes, nomadic and denotified tribes, other below-Poverty line families, women- and physically handicapped-headed households, and beneficiaries of land reforms, Indira/Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana and the Forest Rights Act. “Small and marginal farmers” become eligible beneficiaries only after

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Food for thought: do Attappady community kitchens serve the needy? -KA Shaji

cy and childbirth evoke traumatic memories for Veeramma and her husband Selvan. They lost three children — a daughter and two sons — before Balu due to health complications resulting from Poverty and malnutrition. It was the death Veeramma’s 14-month-old daughter Kaliyamma on April 12, 2013 — the first in a series of 45 infant deaths in Attapady — that turned national attention on Kerala’s impoverished tribal hea

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Dignity, but for whom? -Shah Alam Khan

ly-sick patients, the judgment appears blemished as it bestows death (through passive euthanasia) upon some while “actively” denies it to others. A law that does not take into account the Poverty and ignorance in society requires a serious re-think. Please click here to read more.

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How the data sets stack up -C Rangarajan & S Mahendra Dev

-The Hindu Why measuring inequality is not the same as measuring changes in the level of Poverty in India In recent years, there has been a lot of discussion on increasing inequality within several countries of the world, including India, particularly after the publication of Thomas Piketty’s book on inequality. It is true that rising inequality has adverse economic and social consequences. The Gini coefficient or other measures of inequ

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