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Aadhaar red card in school -Piyush Srivastava

for an extra midday meal to take home. He said he had only threatened to deregister defaulters but hadn't actually done it. Half the families that send their children to the school live below the Poverty line. The parents of the 17 have complained in an email to chief minister Yogi Adityanath that Kumar had told them on Friday that their children had been expelled for failing to submit their Aadhaar numbers. They added that the "real re

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Social security still a raw deal for many -Garimella Subramaniam

sive coverage evidently remains a mere slogan in several parts of the world. Yet, there is growing political support for the idea that public investment in social security is critical to eradicate Poverty, boost economic growth, and reduce inequality. About 29% of the population enjoy comprehensive social protection. There has been a 2% increase in coverage in the last two years — a sign that the commitment is woefully inadequate given the ma

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Millets make their presence felt on mid-day meal plates

e millets, said Joanna Kane-Potaka, leader of smart food initiative for Icrisat. “Making millets popular to the masses again will be a major breakthrough in overcoming malnutrition and rural Poverty while being more sustainable for the environment. It can also drive new markets and business opportunities,” Joanna added. The Central Food Technological Research Institute, MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, National Institute of Nutrit

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Delhi and Punjab richest states, Jain wealthiest community: National survey -Roshan Kishore

richest 20% of the lot. The report then uses these quintile scores to classify population for states, religious and caste groups and rural-urban areas into each quintile. The report shows that Poverty is predominantly a rural phenomenon in India. 29% of rural India belongs to the bottom quintile, while the figure is just 3.3% for urban India. This means that 29% of the rural population has wealth levels equivalent to bottom 20% of the country&r

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The map of rural deprivation -Santosh Mehrotra

Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST); without literate adults over 25 years; and the landless engaged in manual labour. The more the number of parameters on which a household is deprived, the worse its extent of Poverty. Nearly 30% have two deprivations, 13% have three. Only 0.01% suffer from all seven handicaps’. While 48.5% of all rural households suffer from at least one deprivation indicator, “landless households engaged in manual labour”

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Water-scarce Bundelkhand: Clashes, anxiety as stray cattle take over fields -Sarah Hafeez

-The Indian Express A water-scarce region, Bundelkhand has been battling drought, debt and Poverty for over a decade. In the past three years, “anna pashu (stray cattle)” has been added to the list, now building up to a serious crisis. The cattle have started endangering the Rabi crop. Hamirpur (Uttar Pradesh): On December 25, to mark former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birthday with ‘gau sewa’, Uma Kant,

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Fix farm woes to power inclusive growth -Sanjoy Chakravorthy, S Chandrasekhar and Karthikeya Naraparaju

y of Agricultural Households, 2013. Because agriculture employs close to half the labour force in India, but generates the lowest per capita output (and hence is associated with the highest levels of Poverty), it is clear that if there is to be inclusive growth in India, it has to begin in the agricultural sector. Growth matters If there was overall income growth between the surveys, and incomes at the bottom end of the income distribution (of s

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How PDS can be made effective through better governance -Anjani Kumar and Seema Bathla

ll and good governance, would pay off across the country is yet to be seen. We gauge its possibility by looking at the stellar performance of PDS in Odisha—a state marred with high incidence of Poverty, hunger and malnutrition. Odisha: A success story of governance Odisha began with a state-of-the-art e-PDS from 2004 onwards to cover the entire network for greater transparency and accountability. PDS coverage in terms of population was exp

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India's rising inequality is taking the shine off its growth story even in the world's eyes -Riaz Hassan

ments were better than in its two large South Asian neighbors, Pakistan and Bangladesh. In India, the upper classes were the main beneficiary of the nation’s surging economic development and Poverty rates are also significantly lower among the upper caste Hindus rather than the Hindu other backward classes, the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, and Muslims. One third of Muslim and Hindu scheduled castes and tribes are in More »

The challenges of making public policy -Tadit Kundu

h not concerning itself with demonetization, a new book by economist Jean Drèze delves into the challenges of making public policy for India. Specifically, it focuses on policy in the field of Poverty eradication, rural employment guarantee and overall social development. Consider the problem of alleged corruption in the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). In its bid to prevent officials from siphoning off wa

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