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UNDP report lauds India's strides in reducing Poverty in past decade

-The Indian Express According to MPI 2018 released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, there are 271 million fewer poor people in India in this period. New Delhi: In the decade between 2005-06 and 2015-16, India has halved its Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) — an index that looks beyond income More »

'Rationalising subsidies, improving infrastructure could revive agri-sector' -Kiran Pandey

-Down to Earth For every million rupees spent on agricultural research, 328 people are pulled out of Poverty. In contrast, the same amount spent on power subsidies brings only 23 people come out of Poverty. The message is clear. With the Union elections only a few months away, the Centre should prioritise capital investments over populist subsidies to deliver on its promise of strengthening the farm

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The life and death of Kedar Singh Jindan -Gaurav Sarkar

Samaj Party ticket. Jindan, who belonged to the Koli community, had held a press conference earlier in June in Shimla, wherein, using the Right to Information (RTI) Act, he had claimed that Below Poverty Line (BPL) certificates were being tampered with in his native place of Shillai. He said certificates were being issued to people belonging to the upper castes, who not only have heavy incomes but also lead a well-to-do life adorned with houses, m

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The power of Kudumbashree -Brinda Karat

eld every three years. These people, in turn, elect the coordinators of the ADS who elect the members of the CDS. A majority of the members of the coordinator groups have to belong to women below the Poverty line or from comparatively poorer sections. There is reservation for Dalit and Adivasi women. At the district and State levels, employees/officers of the government are appointed on deputation to help the Kudumbashree groups. Thus, there is a soci

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To put Kerala back on its feet -Bina Agarwal

ed to area development societies at the ward level and community development societies (CDSs) at the panchayat level. Each CDS is registered as an independent society. They are supported by the State Poverty Eradication Mission or Kudumbashree Mission (K Mission), and the Kudumbashree network of CDSs (K network). This institutional structure provides the resilience which physical infrastructure alone cannot. Conceptually, we would expect resource p

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With Attack on Himachal Man, Number of Murdered RTI Activists Rises to 73 -Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

ss conference in Shimla that an RTI application filed by him had revealed that six affluent families in the Bakras panchayat with assets running into crores were wrongfully registered under the below Poverty line category. Reporting this, a local website had also stated that he had alleged forging of records by one Jai Prakash for securing government jobs for his family members. The website stated that Jai Prakash along with another person, Gopal,

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Madhav Gadgil, noted ecologist, interviewed by Nidheesh MK (

pment entails costs, similar to projects that ignore the environment risks. How does this cost get justified and underwritten? Especially in a less developed economy like India where the challenge of Poverty alleviation can be overwhelming and invites risky short cuts? The question is how the Poverty alleviation programmes are actually operating. You should have among other things, say an employment audi

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Pronab Sen, former Chief Statistician of India, interviewed by TCA Sharad Raghavan

nment recently, is unlikely to change drastically even if other methods of calculation are used, says former Chief Statistician of India, Pronab Sen. The noted economist discusses GDP, employment and Poverty data; the value of the rupee; and how the absence of a Chief Statistician will affect India when it takes new decisions. Excerpts: * The government has said that the back series GDP data is a draft, and that other methodologies are under consid

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Petroleum consortium says refusal to display PM's picture is inviting threat of blocked supplies -Piyush Pandey

ction is being conveyed by area officers of the companies, who visit the retail outlets, according to the dealers. The suggested displays include one on the scheme to provide LPG connections to Below Poverty Line families. The dealer consortium said there was no written communication, and instructions were coming from the territory manager and sales officers of the companies. Staff bio-data sought Recently, the CIPD refused to share personal dat

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