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Can the spirit of California's gig economy bill spread to India? -Gayatri Nair For Right and wrong reasons, the current dispensation celebrates the creation of any form of employment in India, regardless of quality. The state of California recently passed a landmark bill that has the potential to unleash a systemic change in the gig economy. On the back of a recent judgement by the California Supreme Court, Assembly Bill 5 has legislated that workers in the gig economy be classified as workers and not as inde

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History's curse on MGNREGA -Nikita Kwatra

s of landownership and the concentration of socio-economic power associated with it, determine how decisions to implement MGNREGA are taken and whether workers are successful in enforcing their legal Rights under the program. In areas where land is concentrated in the hands of relatively few large landowners such as districts central and eastern India, where the legacy of the colonial ‘zamindari’ (landlord) system has persisted, rural w

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The Right to choose -Ashok Gulati

-The Indian Express Government could give fertiliser subsidy directly to farmers and let them decide if they want to practise zero budget natural farming or use chemical-fertilisers. The Narendra Modi government completed 100 days of its second term (Modi 2.0) last week. On this occasion, most cabinet ministers spoke of the achievements of their ministries. The headlines in newspapers were, however, about the abrogation of Article 370, or the biggest slump in auto sales in the last two

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Effort worth emulation: On Rajasthan's public information portal

-The Hindu Rajasthan’s Jan Soochna portal is a step in the Right direction for transparency in governance Fourteen years since the implementation of the groundbreaking Right to Information (RTI) Act, which has helped shed light on government works and administration, the launch of the “Jan Soochna Portal” (public information portal) by the Rajasthan government on Friday marks a mil

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Prabhat Patnaik, an economist and former economics professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, interviewed by Kaushal Shroff (The Caravan)

ion of developing recession. KS: The RBI board recently cleared the surplus transfer of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the government. How are we to look at this action? Is it the government exercising its Right over the central bank? PP: There are two questions: one is [about] the basis on which the government is taking this money. Obviously, the government—that is, the president of India—is the owner of the Reserve Bank of India. And as a r

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A milestone in greater transparency, accountability -Madan Lokur

-The Hindu The launch of the Jan Soochna Portal in Rajasthan is a vital cog in access to the Right to information The Jan Soochna Portal (JSP) launched by the government of Rajasthan yesterday is a remarkable achievement in furtherance of the Right to information (RTI) — especially Section 4 of the RTI Act — that deals with proactive disclosure of information. Transparency must be accomp

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All about malnutrition and starvation deaths in India

-The Hindu The Supreme Court has agreed to examine a plea that starvation deaths continue to eat into the Right to life and dignity of social fabric and a “radical” new measure like community kitchens need to be set up across the country to feed the poor and the hungry. A Bench led by Justice N.V. Ramana issued notice on Monday to the government on the petition filed jointly by activists Anun Dhawan, Ishann Dhawan and Kunjana Singh

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Supreme Court continues its stay on eviction of lakhs of forest dwellers

-The Hindu Their claims for forest land Rights have been rejected under the Forest Rights Act of 2006 The Supreme Court on Thursday continued its stay on the eviction of lakhs of Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dwellers whose claims for forest land Rights have been rejected under the Forest Rights

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Slowdown stories from India's heartland -Sayantan Bera

iscuits stacked in a shelf. The fastest-selling item in Babu’s store is also the cheapest: a locally produced packaged snack called “Munna Bhai" which costs Rs. 1 (yes, you read that Right) per packet. “They are a hit with children." An hour-long drive from Nateran, the courtyard of farmer Mohar Singh’s house evokes a certain rustic charm. Cattle are munching on stacks of hay, the mud house is whitewashed as his el

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