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NDA states stall 50 per cent quota for women in panchayat elections -Shalini Nair

-The Indian Express According to the 73rd and 74th Amendment Act of the Constitution, passed in 1993, one-third of the seats in all rural and urban local bodies are reserved for women. Amid reports that the NDA government may revive the Women’s Reservation Bill, for reserving one-third of seats in the Lok Sabha and state Assemblies for women, the Centre has canned a move to bring a central legislation to provide 50 per cent quota to wome

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India's Unique Enigma of High Growth and Stunted Children -Awanish Kumar

nd, in the case of India, the practice of open defecation. The National Family Health Survey (NFHS)-4 (2015-16) suggests that about 52% of all Indian households defecate in the open. The share for rural India was much higher at 63%. The proportion of women between the age group 20-24 years who were married before they attained the age of 18 years was about 27%. The share of women between the age group of 15-49 years who were anaemic decreased from

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What ails rural Rajasthan -Sudhir Kumar Suthar

rs’ agitations were located in the economically better-performing districts, the epicentre of the farmers’ movements in Rajasthan were districts that have seen a qualitative change in the rural economy and society in the past three decades — Sikar and Sri Ganganagar. One can see shops selling branded items and luxury cars on the roads in Sri Ganganagar. There are similar shops in Sikar as well. Today, Sikar looks very different from

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What can be done to revive India's sluggish economic growth? Here's what five economists prescribe -Mayank Jain Hike government spending, pour money into rural areas, cut interest rates, refrain from disruptive moves like demonetisation. India’s economic growth is slowing but can the government bring it back on track? This is what Finance Minister Arun Jaitley reportedly discussed with ministers and officials Tuesday evening. While a concrete plan to address the problem is apparently being developed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi&rs

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Indian economy in a tailspin: What went wrong -Asit Ranjan Mishra and Gireesh Chandra Prasad

ve the economy. What went wrong? Pronab Sen, former chief statistician of India and someone who has worked in the government for the last 25 years, said the problem started with the reversal of rural growth, which remained high during the 2004-2012 period, propelling overall economic growth. “While farm output was growing at 3%, farm income was increasing by 7.5%. Income of the poorest was growing rapidly (and) that drove growth as well as

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Replacing take-home rations with cash transfers in aanganwadis is a terrible idea

, and to replace the scheme with cash transfers is not a good idea. The initial impetus for the scheme came from the severe malnutrition that several thousand infants and children face, especially in rural India. To ensure that infants and pregnant women got the requisite amount of nutrients that they might not get in their regular diet , supplementary nutrition was seen as an effective way of combating malnutrition. Cash transfers in lieu of THRs

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In loan waiver shocker, farmers of Uttar Pradesh get relief of 19 paise -Haidar Naqvi and Brajendra K Parashar

wildered as the Uttar Pradesh government headed by chief minister Yogi Adityanath follows up on its poll promise of waving farm loans up to Rs 1 lakh to ease agriculture distress in the state’s rural hinterland. Promised even by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an election rally in Kannauj district in February, some 86 lakh farmers across the state are expected to benefit under the scheme. But as district after district holds such progr

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