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Not smart cities, India needs climate-smart cities to protect its Urban Poor from heat waves -Sahana Ghosh & Mayank Aggarwal

-Scroll.in Even at night, people living in densely-built, low-income urban neighbourhoods get no respite. As India stares at one of the longest heatwaves in three decades – which so far has claimed over 200 lives – experts warn that the scorcher will impact people in poor urban neighbourhoods for weeks after even after it is over. In a study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment in April, researchers mapped and compared exposure to heat between low-inco

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Next-door clinics make healthcare affordable -Paras Singh & Mohammad Ibrar

closed a doctor in an east Delhi clinic, requesting anonymity. Despite these drawbacks, mohalla clinics, praised by former UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon, can systematically reach healthcare to the Urban Poor and the concept is being replicated in states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana.   The Economic Times, 21 April, 2019, please click here to access

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Kerala Model of Urban Employment Guarantee -Surajit Das

untry, along with Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) for the rural poor, the state government of Kerala has an interesting employment-of-last-resort programme for the Urban Poor as well – Ayyankali Urban Employment Guarantee Scheme (AUEGS). Just like MGNREGS, this is also a demand driven programme - the scheme is implemented by the Directorate of Urban Affairs, Government of Kerala. The website says, “AU

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Urban Poor Have Set Agenda for 2019 Elections -Tikender Singh Panwar

-Newsclick.in It remains to be seen how many political parties pledge to protect the Urban Poor from eviction and homelessness and work for inclusive ‘Smart Cities’. Over 30 civil society groups consisting of slum dwellers, civil society organisations, women groups, other groups working amongst the Urban Poor, disabled women groups, street vendors, housing rights activists and so on asse

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With an ocean of salt -Rajeev Gowda

is actually landless labourers and tenant farmers who are experiencing rural distress more acutely. As has been the pattern of this government’s budgets, they have been ignored once again. The Urban Poor have also been ignored. Whereas the urban middle class have got a tax rebate, which, here’s the catch, can only be put into effect by a new government. So, it’s jumla time yet again. The eve of the budget was also marked by the l

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After 10% quota, Govt plans basic income for poor, aid for farmers -Amitav Ranjan

LPG subsidy to them, the sources said. The UBI dole is expected to take care of half the nutritional requirements of a family of five in rural areas and one-third requirement of those who make the Urban Poor. The government is expected to budget around Rs 32,000 crore for April-June 2019. Sources said the actual number of beneficiaries would depend on the funds that the Reserve Bank of India transfers to the national exchequer. Persons below pov

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Farmers and smartphone politics -Jitendra

In Chhattisgarh, Chief Minister Raman Singh announced another scheme called the Sanchar Kranti Yojana, at an outlay of Rs 1,467.90 crores, to provide 50 lakh smart phones to rural households, the Urban Poor and college students across the state. The state government gave the reason that it wants to increase mobile penetration in Chhattisgarh, a state which is the lowest in India in this regards, at 29 per cent, against the national average of 68 p

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Will FM Arun Jaitley give a rural touch to Budget 2018 or will he hold on to fiscal prudence? -Shantanu Nandan Sharma

of the big battle next year. So, it's not difficult to hazard that the last full budget before the elections will see Finance Minister Arun Jaitley stress the government's agenda for rural India and Urban Poor. He is also likely to avoid slashing the corporate tax, for example, lest it offer fodder to the Opposition to call the budget pro-rich. Does that mean, Jaitley will shower largesses on farmers and small scale industries at the cost of fisca

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Niti Aayog is in denial about hunger in India - but the problem is worse than the statistics show -Sylvia Karpagam & Veena Shatrugna

breakdown of how much food is exported, used as cattle feed by the industry, wasted and, importantly, the nature of distribution between groups. Would the two experts believe that the urban rich and Urban Poor have the same access to food? Do those who depend predominantly on the public distribution system have the same control on access as those who are able to procure it from markets? Is there no gender, caste, religion, regional, and urban/rural v

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India's Millets Makeover: Set To Reach Poor, School Meals -Charu Bahri

lth budget for 2017-18, IndiaSpend reported in November 2017. Malnutrition is also implicated in India’s growing tide of diabetes, we reported in December 2015. Diabetes is now affecting the Urban Poor as well as the affluent. This renewed focus on millets may not be easy to achieve. India’s average annual millet production stood at 17.79 million tonnes between 2010-11 and 2014-15. This is less than a tenth of the 215 million tonnes

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