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If Jharkhand's Direct Benefit Transfer Experiment Isn't Working, Why Is It Still On? -Jahnavi Sen

1/kg to that, and use that money to buy rice. On February 27, more than a thousand people marched from Nagri block to Ranchi, demanding that PDS delivery return to the old system. The Wire had repoRTEd then that the new system was creating a host of problems for the people, to the extent that they would much rather go back to the imperfect older system. To check if the money had come, they would need to make several trips to the bank. Then there we

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Government's inaction leading to continuation of starvation deaths in Jharkhand

claimed that the son himself admitted that his father died a natural death. His insensitivity towards the issue was also reflected when he suggested that the victim’s body be exhumed for post-moRTEm. He interpreted the son’s refusal for this as a proof that the victim did not die of starvation. Meena Musahar, a ragpicker, also died in destitution and acute poverty. According to her neighbours, she was so malnourished that she could not

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Despite opposition from Gram Sabhas, cash transfer ordeal continues in Nagri block (Jharkhand)

entral Government requesting permission to discontinue the DBT pilot in Nagri. The letter argues that this pilot violates the National Food Security Act (NFSA) – correct, but then why was it staRTEd in the first place? Four months after the 26 February demonstration, the government is yet to take a decision on the DBT pilot. It has not even released the social audit report. Meanwhile, the people of Nagri continue to suffer and wait for an end

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The seeds of sustainability -Sujatha Byravan

e. Changes at this scale require many different elements to come together, but open-minded enlightened political leaders and administrators are fundamental. Over the years, Andhra Pradesh has suppoRTEd and learned from its many effective civil society organisations such as the Watershed Support Services and Activities Network, Centre for Sustainable Agriculture and the Deccan Development Society. A step-by-step increase in the area covered is anoth

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Kandi farmer sets example in organic farming -Sanjiv Kumar Bakshi

nic farming. He has been earning a much greater deal as compared to traditional wheat-paddy farming. Parlad said starting with his 7 acres of ancestral land, he later took 15 acres on lease and staRTEd sowing traditional crops such as sugarcane and wheat and then switched to pulses. He also reaped good profit through inter-cropping technique by sowing vegetables and flowers along with the traditional crops. After this, he cultivated flowers and veg

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Rural distress can't get buried in growth story -Himanshu

labourers continued to be in negative territory for the fourth month in a row Data released by the Central Statistics Office last month suggested a recovery in economic growth during the fourth quaRTEr of 2017-18, with the economy expanding by 7.7% compared to that in the first quaRTEr, when growth was at its lowest at 5.7%. This has given some cause for celebration in an economic situation where most ot

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Arise, babus! Your couRTEsy is on test

-The Telegraph Chandigarh: Bureaucrats in Haryana now have to stand up - "meticulously correct and couRTEous" - every time an MP or an MLA visits their office, according to a circular. The circular had been issued in the last week of May but came to light following the standoff between the Delhi government led by Arvind Kejriwal and IAS officers in Delhi. Several senior Haryana-cadre bureaucrats in Chandigarh claimed they had hear

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Thoothukudi Isn't Alone - Tamil Nadu Has Been Rising in Protest for Decades -Poonkuzhali

nalysis by the SIPCOT Area Community Environmental Monitors (SACEM) in 2014, the groundwater in and around SIPCOT contains carcinogenic chemicals and is unfit for human consumption. SACEM also repoRTEd that people who had consumed the water have repoRTEd abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, intestinal bleeding, affected kidneys, bones, lungs, liver and nervous system and cancer, irritation and ulcers in the

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