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Centre privacy U-turn

n developed countries like the US, Canada and the UK, in developing countries like India it should be considered only in the context of the right to food and shelter of the millions who are below the Poverty line and for whom Aadhaar was a "boon". "Are you saying you can deny the right to someone because of this reason?" Justice Chelameshwar asked. Justice Chandrachud said: "You say the right to privacy is an elitist con

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GST: PDS shops down shutters in Shimla -Bhanu P Lohumi

e that all PDS shops got the GST number and depot holders were not involved in software testing, said a depot holder. About 18 lakh cardholders, including Antyoday families, BPL families and above Poverty line families, were getting subsidised foodgrain in Himachal and the government was spending about Rs 250 crore on the subsidised ration scheme. “I went to a ration shop at Lower Bazaar thrice, but the ration was not supplied. Yesterday,

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MGNREGA as Distribution of Dole -Govind Bhattacharjee

report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and studies elsewhere, 11 years of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act have not been able to make much of a dent in rural Poverty. This article also suggests some innovative ways to help improve the outcome of the scheme. Please click here to read the entire article.

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Women-led agro-ecological farming model set to get UN award -Garima Mishra

Programme (UNDP) and partners which recognised 15 local and indigenous communities from Africa, Asia and Latin America. The winning organisations, which showcase innovative solutions for tackling Poverty, environment, and climate challenges, will be honoured at a celebratory gala in New York on September 17. The winners were selected from 806 nominations across 120 countries by an independent Technical Advisory Committee of internationally renowne

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Rajasthan Government Gets NHRC Notice Over Painting 'I Am Poor' on BPL Families' Walls

Commission (NHRC) issued a notice to the Rajasthan government regarding the painting of “I am poor” by state officials on the walls of at least 50,000 houses of families who are below the Poverty line (BPL), reported the Hindu. According to media reports, on June 22, BPL families in Sikrai and Bandikui tehsils who received subsidised food grains were asked by local authorities to paint “I am poor” on their walls. In some cas

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Niti Aayog vindicates UPA's claims on Poverty alleviation -Pranav Mukul

-The Indian Express The Niti Aayog's report, submitted before the United Nations, acknowledges that anti-Poverty programmes like the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) helped weaker sections of the society. Vindicating the UPA government’s stand on pulling people out of Poverty, India’s Voluntary National Review Report on the implementation of Sustainable De

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Developers in quandary as states not ready with Rera rules -Prabhakar Sinha

neither ready with rules under the new Act, nor have they created the authorities. In a written clarification to the National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO), the Union housing and urban Poverty alleviation ministry (HUPA) said, "Section 3(1) of Rera prohibits advertisement for all projects (ongoing/future) without registration with the real estate regulatory authority." Out of 35 states and Union territories, 24 are yet to s

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Paint 'I Am Poor' on Your Walls, Rajasthan Government Tells BPL Families

ong reasons in the past few weeks. This latest news from Dausa district will not exactly help Raje’s image in the state, which goes to polls next year. According to local news reports, below Poverty line (BPL) families receiving subsidised food grains were asked by the local authorities to paint “I am poor” on the walls outside their homes. These humiliating markings can be seen outside over 50,000 dwellings in Sikrai and Bandikui

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Modi's pet Ujjawala scheme wobbles as many beneficiaries drop out after their first LPG cylinder -Dhirendra K Jha

ched, the Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojana seems to have run into rough weather. On paper, the central government scheme which provides free liquefied petroleum gas, or LPG, connections to below the Poverty line families, seems to be doing well. It has covered 2.2 crore households in the year since its launch on May 1, 2016, exceeding its target of 1.5 crore connections. Last month, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that by 2019, the scheme

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Stunting scare for Bihar's children -GS Mudur

vey 2015-16, has been shared with the Bihar government and is expected to guide nutrition-specific interventions for children. "Most of the stunting we see is due to under-nutrition caused by Poverty or lack of awareness about the diet children need," said Nagendra Prasad Gupta, associate professor of paediatrics at the Darbhanga Medical College, who was not associated with the IFPRI report. "Some (parents) do not know how to impr

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