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PM Modi is Worried About Population Explosion, a Problem Set to Go Away in 2021 -Saurabh Rai and M Sivakami

cording to the Census 2011, India’s annual population growth rate in 2001-2011 was 1.64%. World Bank data shows that India’s growth rate decreased from 1.73% in 2001 to 1.04% in 2018. The economic survey 2018-19, conducted by the Department of Economic Affairs, also observed that the annual growth rate was 1.3% in 2011-2016. The population growth rate in 12 states was less than even 1%, and even states like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan

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What can help in controlling population in India--society or law? -Neetu Chandra Sharma

on of available natural resources," said Sandeep Budhiraja, senior director, institute of internal medicine, Max healthcare. * How India’s social biases add to population growth? The economic survey of 2018 points out that ‘son meta preference’ – the desire to have a male child – has resulted in 21 million “unwanted girls" in India. Such gender preferences are also equally contributing to the populat

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What happened to poverty during the first term of Modi? -Himanshu

umption expenditure during the term of the previous government can be gleaned from the data on consumption expenditure collected by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), as part of the other socioeconomic surveys, including the PLFS. These surveys do have single questions on usual consumer expenditure, even if they are not as detailed as the quinquennial consumption surveys. However, these are available for 2014 (January-June 2014), 2014-15 (July

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The makings of a digital kleptocracy -Reetika Khera

-The Hindu When data is monetised, as the economic survey advocates, it becomes toxic and harms public interest Last year, I was denied information requested under the Right to Information Act (RTI) 2005. I had sought the names of agencies empanelled by the Unique Identification Authority of India for an “image makeover” and the expenditure on it. It was denied by invoking the exemption clauses of Sections 8(d) and 8(j), respective

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No single minimum wage floor under the Wage Code bill -Prashant K Nanda * Minimum wage is a contentious issue for both industries and workers’ groups, said an official * The economic survey had mentioned that a national mandatory minimum wage is a requirement New Delhi: India will not have a single mandatory minimum wage floor as talked earlier as the the union Labour ministry has stayed away from making it part of the wage code bill. Instead it has left this important provision open end

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A missed opportunity for game-changing reforms in agriculture -Sukhpal Singh

-The Hindu Business Line There are no schemes for much of agriculture, and small ruminants have been ignored. The economic survey had a full chapter on agriculture and food management issues. It had a separate section on small ruminants for the first time, and also showed that only one of the ongoing schemes for the livestock sector attends to their concerns. The Budget provides for creating a fund for upgrading of traditional industries of

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CAG demonstrates how govt relies on off-budget resources to fund deficit - Dinesh Narayanan

e such as food and fertiliser subsidy arrears. However, the reporting is such that the actual extent of the borrowing is unclear even to budget experts. A July 4 government press release after the economic survey was tabled in Parliament said the general government (centre and states) has been on the path of fiscal consolidation and fiscal discipline. The combined fiscal deficit of the centre and states had declined from 6.4% in 2017-18 to 5.8% in

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Six reasons why the economic survey's presentation of MGNREGA is misleading -Rajendran Narayanan & Rakshita Swamy

-The Hindu The economic survey presents an unbalanced view of the technical interventions in MGNREGA A chapter in the recent economic survey on the “transformational” impact of Aadhaar on the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) merits scrutiny. It presents a skewed and unbalanced view of the programme’s technical interventions instead of taking a compre

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Green shoots of economic growth -Naveen P Singh & Ranjith PC

e vision of a $5-trillion economy will remain a distant dream India’s dream of becoming a $5-trillion economy by 2024 is now in the open with a ‘blue sky’ vision envisaged in the economic survey this year. The document lays down a clear strategy to augment the growth of key sectors by shifting gears as the current economic conditions are smooth in terms of macroeconomic stability to expand growth. However, unless there are adequat

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Recently presented Union Budget does not provide updated data on important heads for FY 2018-19

the data within the green boxes in the left and right sections of table-2 for the corresponding heads/ sub-heads. As pointed out by various economists recently, if the Statistical Appendix of the economic survey 2018-19 (Volume-2) is consulted, one would be able to access the 2018-19's updated figures/ data related to receipts, expenditures and deficits. On comparing 2018-19's Provisional Actuals (PA) against the Revised Estimates, it could be see

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