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Budget and agri-commodity trading: Searching for a spot in the future -Pravesh Sharma & Raghav Raghunathan

t surprisingly, they have excited neither farmers nor organised market players. The proposed model law, it is hoped, will be reflective of ground realities, providing a framework that protects the Rights of both sides and also keeps transaction costs at reasonable levels. How expeditiously it can be drafted, shared with stakeholders, and rolled out at least in a few states will indicate the seriousness of the announcement. The second signal from

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By next year, centralised admissions for nursery -Krittika Sharma

ourhood criteria for nursery admissions, calling it an attack on their autonomy . The government has filed an appeal seeking stay on the high court's interim order, issued on February 14. "Right now, we are following what the HC has ordered. Once the case is decided, the criteria settled upon will be embedded in the centralised system," said Atishi Marlena, adviser to the education minister. In the new system, parents will be asked to

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How tech is undoing NREGA in Jharkhand

eir needs and capacities. One recent report in a newspaper showed that the Centre and state-level officials were part of a WhatsApp group - that makes it hard for people seeking information under the Right to Information Act," she told TOI. Under the Electronic Fund Management System funds are electronically transferred to accounts of workers and vendors after Fund Transfer Orders (FTOs) are signed digitally. But most gram panchayats lack inte

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The devil is in the fine print -Yogendra Yadav

ess TV anchors announced it as a historic act of cleansing our polity, just as Mr. Jaitley would have us believe. More sober commentators saw it as a significant though inadequate step forward in the Right direction. Even the sceptics felt that the Finance Minister had at least put the issue of political funding on the table. Everyone thought the ball was headed in the Right direction. It took a while for d

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Second year in row, data on suicide by caste and religion is not disclosed -Deeptiman Tiwary

July 2015, before the Bihar assembly elections in October-November that year, caste and religion-based data of suicides was withheld. This data, which was obtained by The Indian Express under the Right to Information (RTI) Act and published on June 6, 2016, showed that a Christian was 1.5 times more likely to commit suicide as compared to a Hindu while tribals and Dalits had the highest suicide rates among caste groups. This time, the NCRB was

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Budget bids adieu to welfare state, rue civil Rights activists

tion’ New Delhi: Terming the Union Budget 2017-18, presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, as detrimental to the realisation of the welfare State, as enshrined in the Constitution, civil Rights organisations said it “fails to respond to the present situation of distress and unemployment especially aggravated by demonetisation.” “The Budget seems to be perpetuating unemployment, hunger and malnutrition,” said a r

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Social sector may be victim of inadequate budget -Bappaditya Chatterjee

udget was "disappointing" and "unsatisfactory", considering the ground realities. "The Budget is disappointing. It paid no attention to the effective implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act. A mere increase in the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) by Rs 1,000 crore is not going to help in meaningful implementation of the RTE Act," Right To Education Forum Convenor Ambar

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New health plan to cover 70% population

l, AHPI, said since the number of hospitals added to the network will increase including primary, secondary and tertiary care hospitals, it will potentially improve overall healthcare in the country. Right now there are 18,000 hospitals under the RSBY. Gyani said the organisation has also recommended setting rates for procedures scientifically. “The current rate fixed for reimbursement is very low and not arrived scientifically. So hospitals

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Before Universal Basic Income, We Must First Get Social Spending Basics Right -Anjana Thampi and Ishan Anand

-TheWire.in The Economic Survey 2016-17 devotes a chapter to the provision of a Universal Basic Income (UBI), describing it as a “raging new idea,” a “radical new vision” and “the shortest path to eliminating poverty”. While warning that the UBI “should not become the Trojan horse that usurps the fiscal space for a well-functioning state,” the survey says a de facto UBI can be instituted in the existing “fiscal space”. It argues th

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Getting a handle on water for agriculture use -Ashok Gulati & Gayathri Mohan

f 69.5 mh. These systems deliver water savings of up to 40 per cent over conventional flood irrigation, along with appreciable crop productivity increases. The latter is due to the application of the Right quantity of water at the Right place (root zone). Besides, piped water facility connecting dams and micro-irrigation systems can substantially reduce water losses from canals to fields; they can ensure ro

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