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For consumers, milk could pinch further in the days ahead

May. As summer rolls in, dairies across Maharashtra are bracing up for serious shortages of their basic raw material. What is striking, though, is that the ‘lean’ has manifested itself Right in the middle of the ‘flush’ season. This preponement of the lean season is the lagged effect of two successive drought years. Unlike other crops, the impact of drought on milk production is usually not visible in the same year. This has

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Govt considering imposing import duty on wheat: Agriculture Secy

inal stage of consideration. The ministry is considering it. That is under process,” Pattanayak told reporters on the sidelines of an Assocham event on integrated water resources management. Right now, the arrival of new wheat crop has begun in Madhya Pradesh. The crop is yet to arrive in other growing states, he said. Asked about wheat prices, the Secretary said, “Prices at present are ruling above the minimum support price (MSP). S

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India slips in human development index

as a “prime example” of “combining social protection with appropriate employment strategies”. The report noted with approval India’s progressive laws, especially the Right to Information, National Food Security, and Right to Education Acts. It commended the Indian grassroots group Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sanghatan for popularising social audits of government schemes. Gen

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What are the lessons learnt from the Right to Food case? -Apurva Vishwanath Lessons learnt from the Right to Food case can be applied for other social issues that end up at the Supreme Court’s doorstep every day New Delhi: In 2001, 47 tribals and Dalits were starved to death in south-eastern Rajasthan as the state reeled from its third consecutive year of drought. The tragedy occurred despite India’s warehouses were brimming with an excess of around 40 million tonnes of foodgrains that year.

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Closed mill robs farmers of sugarcane sweetness

from the stubbles of previous crop) and the National Food Security Mission (NFSM)  under State Plan. The farmers said crushing of sugarcane normally begins in December and harvesting at the Right time not only ensures high sweetness content in the crop but also Right weight. They are already three months beyond the schedule and at this stage, they are apprehensive that their crops will be rejected

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Framing the Right prescription for health expenditure -Saachi Bhalla & Nachiket Mor

-The Hindu Strategic shifts are needed in the level of government control on the financing and provision of health India spends close to 5% of its GDP on health. While this may appear low when compared to 18% of the U.S., data show that Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries spend 8-11%, middle-income countries close to 6%, and India’s peers, the lower-middle-income countries 4.5%. By these measures, India’s health-care spending, while still s

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Farm loan waiver is no solution to farmers' woes -Tamal Bandyopadhyay

million farmers in Maharashtra who owe Rs30,500 crore to the banking system. “Bhattacharya is not a policymaker and she cannot take a decision regarding loan waivers to the farmers. She had no Right to make such comments,” and her remarks were “violation of the Rights of the legislature which make laws,” Vikhe Patil said. What did Bhattacharya say? The boss of India’s large

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Rise in farmer suicides in NE -Sumir Karmakar

owever, did not list the state-wise reasons for suicides. Bankruptcy or indebtedness and farming-related issues have been cited as major causes of the suicides. Organisations fighting for farmers' Rights in Assam say low land holding and absence of proper irrigation facilities could be the main reasons for the suicides. "Farmers have no option but to depend on the monsoon for crops and they suffer heavy losses when rainfall is scanty. The f

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The call for a large safety net -Somesh Jha

f the country. The proposed code on ‘Social Security and Welfare’ intends to make a drastic shift in the social security framework of the country from an employment-based approach to a Rights-based approach followed by some developing countries such as South Africa. This means claiming social security benefits will become a Right for everyone who joins the workforce. At present, the social

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Land acquisition may not be a zero sum game, two new studies show -Subhomoy Bhattacharjee

n Act, of 1894 in the same apex court. Between 1950 and 2016, there were 1,269 of them. The data has been collected by a seminal project run by the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) under its Land Rights Initiative. “If the above review is any sign of what we are to expect from the LARR Act… litigation will undoubtedly increase and the Court is likely to quash many more pending acquisitions,” writes the lead author for the projec

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