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Civil society activists condemn the statement by Rural Development Minister in Parliament on discontinuation of MGNREGA scheme

ollowed a bizarre statement where the Minister said that he is not in favour of the continuation of NREGA because it is a program designed for the poor and this government is committed to eliminating Poverty. We condemn this statement on two counts. First, MGNREGA is an act of Parliament with constitutional backing and is not subject to the whims and beliefs of individual ministers that come and go. Secondly, the statement reveals an anti-poor bias of

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Wage clarification with consultation pledge

ountry. No state can pay less than the stipulated amount. Currently, the Centre notifies the national floor-level minimum wage every two years as a recommendatory amount. This rate is based on the Poverty line estimates prepared in 1970 by the erstwhile Planning Commission. Please click here to read more.

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Kerala to Follow Collective Farming Instead of Corporate Farming, Says State Agriculture Minister

tworks like Kudumbashree which are involved in collective farming. Collective farming is based on social ownership of means of production and collective labour. If we come to Kudumbashree, it is a Poverty eradication and women empowerment programme implemented by the State Poverty Eradication Mission (SPEM) of the Kerala Government in 1997. Since 2004, Kudumbashree had entered into the field of agricultu

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The malaise of malnutrition -Thomas Abraham

till condemns hundreds of millions of its poorest and vulnerable citizens to lives of hunger and desperation. And it once again forces us to ask why despite rapid economic growth, declining levels of Poverty, enough food to export, and a multiplicity of government programmes, malnutrition amongst the poorest remains high. A trap of Poverty, malnutrition The report shows the poorest sections of society

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How Effective Have NDA's SC/ST Budgets Been? An Analysis of the Last Five Years -N Paul Divakar, Adikanda Singh, Juno Varghese and Beena Pallical

. When we talk of SC/ST budgeting, therefore, it is important to understand the development gap and the sub-plans that were created to bridge this divide. According to the 2017 multidimensional Poverty index report, the Poverty ratio was 41.30% for SC/ST groups in 2011. However, according to the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, the percentage of SCs classifying as below More »

Homelessness highlights the inequality behind GDP growth numbers -Debarati Bhattacharya

, belonging to different age groups, gender, livelihoods and places of origin. Most of them are not beggars; a significant number work as casual wage labourers. Homelessness could be attributed to Poverty as well as the failure of the housing supply system. Declaring 1987 as the International Year of Shelter for the Homeless, the United Nations defined a homeless person as not only someone who lived on the street or in a shelter but also someone wh

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In Muzaffarpur, AES is a grim reaper that stalks poor children -Ayush Tiwari

head to the nearest doctor. Sometimes the child dies on the way; at other times, he reaches the hospital but the treatment does not save him. The families too have identical profiles: lower caste, Poverty-stricken, landless, illiterate, living in kacha houses, and with kids that are half-clad and malnourished. The fathers are either peasants or labourers. The children do not go to school.   By the time Newslaundry met almost a dozen affecte

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Recent research shows positive association between adolescent pregnancy & under-nutrition among children

e fewer components of care than older first-time mothers. * Children born to adolescent mothers were less likely to achieve adequate diet and consume iron-rich foods. Intergenerational cycle of Poverty and under-nutrition could be tackled through policies and programmes that delay childbearing since such measures broadly affects multiple determinants of stunting among children below 5 years of age, says the research paper. Since India is one

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