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The Invisible Majority -Vedeika Shekhar

s. Despite internal migration being very high and the enactment of Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act that legally protects labour migrants’ Rights, governments continue to exclude migrants from urban development policies. A starting point, therefore, should be better data collection. Capturing the complex dynamics of gender-specific migration would not only fill knowledge gaps in the gende

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In Assam, a government-appointed panel suggests farmland be reserved for 'indigenous people' -Arunabh Saikia

The transfer of agricultural land should be restricted to people indigenous to the state, a committee appointed by the Assam government in February 2017 for “ensuring the protection of land Rights of indigenous people” has recommended in a report submitted in January. The Bharatiya Janata Party government in the state has said that it would implement the recommendations of the committee, which was headed by former chief election commis

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54 lakh ha covered as kharif sowing picks pace; cane area up

-The Hindu Business Line New Delhi: Sowing in the current kharif season has commenced in Right earnest with an area of 54 lakh hectares (lh) brought under cultivation till Friday, according to data released by the Agriculture Ministry. A total of 55 lh was covered during the same period last year. This is despite the fact that the total live storage capacity in 76 reservoirs used for irrigation stood at 22.66 billion cubic metre (bcm), which w

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Farm, Fractured -V Kumara Swamy

Patidar is distraught. This mandi is part of the National Agriculture Market portal or e-NAM launched by the Narendra Modi government. It was meant to do away with middlemen and help farmers get the Right price for their produce. While Patidar is agonising about his garlic in MP, a few thousand miles away in Delhi, the Union agriculture ministry is busy preparing flashy booklets and nifty presentations to showcase what it will call achievements an

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1 in 5 kids in rehab homes has behavioural issues, finds study -Durgesh Nandan Jha

ent of 414 children living in 19 children’s homes and observation homes run by the government and NGOs in the capital. Published last week by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), the data shows that almost one of every five inmates in such institutions suffers from behavioural problems. This makes them highly susceptible to substance abuse or criminal activities when they reach adulthood. Almost 2% of them also suf

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Set to lose farms to bullet train: Maharashtra's tribals protest dilution of land alienation laws -Kavitha Iyer

are and nearly two dozen other villages along the Palghar-Dahanu belt were among the 1,000-odd tribals who gathered in Mumbai’s Azad Maidan on Thursday to demand protection of their unique land Rights. Even as the Devendra Fadnavis-led Maharashtra government races to meet a self-imposed six-month deadline to resolve tens of thousands of pending claims from tribals for land ownership under the Forest Right More »

Cauvery promise

ater Management Board would be the sole arbiter for deciding the allocation and utilisation of river water. The court asserted that rivers are national assets on which no state can claim exclusive Right. The court turned down Karnataka's plea that the hearing in the Cauvery dispute be adjourned till the first week of July since there is no proper elected government in the state after the Assembly elections. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misr

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Death in the Midst of Plenty: Farmer Suicides in Punjab -Sukhpal Singh

-Economic and Political Weekly There remain misconceptions regarding farmer suicides. There is a need to set Right these erroneous ideas based on scientific studies that have been conducted seeking to devise solutions to address the prevailing crisis of the peasantry in Punjab. Please click here to access the article.

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Whistleblowers act needed to protect RTI users: Aruna Roy

for a whistleblowers act to protect RTI users as the system has “strategised to stall” free flow of information to disempower and stop such activists, says Aruna Roy, who spearheaded the Right to Information Act movement. She also feels that there is still a need to see the RTI as a larger democratic and people’s constitutional tool to make power truthful and accountable and put pressure on the political establishment, which it c

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The Constitution set in stone: Adivasis in Jharkhand are using an old tradition as a novel protest -Priya Ranjan Sahu Several villages have erected stone slabs inscribed with details of constitutional provisions, laws that safeguard tribal Rights over land and natural resources Budhua Munda greeted the visitors to his village in Jharkhand as they all settled down on a bamboo straw mat spread under the shade of a tree on the morning of May 1. The Adivasi youth, who wore a blue track pant and a white T-shirt, then pulled out the Hindi edition of

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