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Freedom with defects -Ramachandra Guha

-The Telegraph After the third general elections held in 1962, the scholar-statesman, C. Rajagopalachari, wrote a fascinating, if now forgotten, eSSAy on the imperfections of our young democracy. "The Indian electorate", remarked Rajaji, "suffers from well-known defects from which Western democracies are relatively free. The Indian voters are in great measure poor and vulnerable to bribery: even a day's expense for food serves to b

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Budget unmindful of income inequality -MA Oommen

not only prosperity for all, but justice or fairness to the most disadvantaged among them as well. A rational budgetary process assumes efficient and purposive management of expenditure (which neceSSArily should involve considerable zero-base budgeting rather than incremental budgeting) along with an equally efficient manner of financing it (which ideally demands a progressive tax structure). If spending is about the entitlements of citizenship

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The slow death of Kanpur's leather economy has fuelled UP's job crisis -Abhishek Waghmare

-Scroll.in / IndiaSpend.com Falling global demand, environmental regulations and contemporary cow politics have choked the leather economy of Uttar Pradesh's largest industrial city. Shadab HuSSAin, 23, dropped out of school at age 11 to work in a leather factory in Kanpur, the oldest and largest industrial city of India’s most populous state. To support his family, parents and four siblings, he worked eight-hour shifts every day for a m

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Regulator sets up scientific panel on food fortification and nutrition -Sounak Mitra

-Livemint.com FSSAI says it has set up a scientific panel on ‘food fortification and nutrition’ to help fight malnutrition in the country New Delhi: The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on Tuesday said it has set up a scientific panel on “food fortification and nutrition” to help fight malnutrition in the country. On 2 February, the regulator notified a

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In Jharkhand, compulsory biometric authentication for rations sends many away empty-handed -Jean Dreze

tric authentication fails. And it is not difficult for the system to fail – lack of connectivity, biometric failure, server problems, wrong seeding, or linking, of Aadhaar data, cryptic error meSSAges (such as “invalid”) are some of the reasons that were reported at the public hearing. We also heard the findings of a small survey of the Public Distribution System conducted last January by the local NREGA sahayata kendra, a help ce

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8 months on: Salt, rice mainstay of Nagada villagers

-OriSSA Post Kaliapani: Even as eight months have passed since malnutrition deaths in hilltop Nagada village under Sukinda block in Jajpur district were reported, tribals in this area depend on salt and rice for their survival as benefits of welfare schemes still elude them. The state government was embarrassed after news spread that 22 kids of primitive Juang tribe had died due to alleged malnutrition in these villages. It was claimed that la

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Social sector may be victim of inadequate budget -Bappaditya Chatterjee

ing 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 Ambarish Rai told IANS. He said only 9.5 per cent schools are RTE compliant across the country after almost seven years aft

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No one loves the farmer -Ashok Gulati & Siraj HuSSAin

-The Indian Express They are the largest constituency in UP. Yet, all parties have overlooked their issues Next month, Uttar Pradesh (UP) will have a new popular government, hopefully with a clear mandate. If UP was a country, with a population reportedly of more than 214 million in 2015 (as per UN population projections), it would have been the fifth most populous country in the world after China, India, US and Indonesia. Holding free and fair elections in such a large state is a proud

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Welcome push to rural India's aspirations -Harsh Kumar Bhanwala

months of discussion, with stakeholders nursing a gamut of interests. This year was no exception and the Budget was an exercise in the accommodation of innumerable expectations; and it is bound to diSSAtisfy many. I would like to apply the old economic litmus test to judge its efficacy: Is it in sync with the overall long-term vision framework? Does it build on what was started? The ‘Transform, Energise and Clean India’ (TEC) agenda

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Sowing a concept

e-NAM was launched, in April 2016. Jaitley has also sanctioned Rs. 75 lakh to each mandi to set up facilities for cleaning, grading and packaging of produce. The funds are welcome especially because aSSAying of produce is an important aspect of the e-NAM concept itself. The plan of a single national agricultural market based on an electronic platform is an excellent one, but implementing it may not be so easy as the experience of the last nine months

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