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Rice innovator-farmer unable to pay medical bills -Bhavika Jain

ehsil of eastern Chandrapur, has received more than 100 awards, including the prestigious President’s award, for his innovations. He was also on Forbes’ list of “seven most powerful rural Indian entrepreneurs whose inventions are changing lives across India” in 2010. Khobragade suffered a stroke 3 years ago and his health began deteriorating a few months ago. His son Mitrajit told TOI from Nanded that for the past two years

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rural India in US top court

-The Telegraph Washington: The Supreme Court of America on Monday agreed to consider reviving a lawsuit by Indian villagers seeking to hold a Washington-based international financial institution responsible for widespread environmental damage they blame on a power plant it financed. The justices will hear an appeal by the villagers of a lower court ruling that the International Finance Corp (IFC) was immune from such lawsuits under federal law. IFC, part of the World Bank Group, is an

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Activists Unhappy With SC Judgment on Centre 'Curbing' MGNREGA Budget

s let down millions of NREGA workers". New Delhi: Activists have expressed disappointment over a recent Supreme Court judgment on the timely payment of wages under the Mahatma Gandhi National rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). The judgment, delivered on May 18, was delivered in response to a petition filed by NGO Swaraj Abhiyan. According to activists who are part of the NREGA Sangharsh Morcha, the “much awaited Supreme Court j

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Delay in MGNREGA wages, compensation unacceptable: SC

the Centre, in consultation with states, to prepare an "urgent time bound mandatory programme" to make the payment of wages and compensation to the workers under the Mahatma Gandhi National rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). A bench of Justice M.B. Lokur and Justice N.V. Ramana made it clear and directed that in terms of the MGNREGA and Schedule II thereof a "worker is entitled to payment of wages within a fortnight" of t

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Delay in payment of MGNREGA wages not accepted: Supreme Court

-The New Indian Epxress NEW DELHI: Any delay in paying the wages under the Mahatma Gandhi National rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) is "simply not acceptable" and red-tape cannot be "pedalled" as an excuse to deny payment to the workers, the Supreme Court said today. The court, while noting that the Centre has admitted delay in payment of wages, said the payments to the workers must be transferred to them immediatel

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Civil society activists are disappointed with the recent Supreme Court judgement on MGNREGA in Swaraj Abhiyan PIL

-Press release by NREGA Sangharsh Morcha, dated 19 May, 2018 Yesterday’s much awaited Supreme Court judgement in the Swaraj Abhiyan PIL has let down millions of National rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) workers - the most marginalised citizens of India who need employment and social security.  The Court has ignored the wealth of evidence against the brazen violations of the legal entitlements of NREGA workers and has allowed the

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Close to a quarter of households in 13 states have faced corruption in 2018, shows a recent study

corruption in public services has either increased or remained the same during the last 12 months. But the CMS report has some good news in store, as well. Based on a survey conducted in both rural and urban areas across 13 states, the recently released India Corruption Study 2018 has found that the proportion of households experiencing corruption while availing any of the nine public services has almost halved - from 52 percent in 2005 to 27

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75% households feel corruption went up, 27% say paid bribe: Study

be to avail public services in the last one year, according to a new survey. The 'India Corruption Study' conducted by the Centre For Media Studies covered more than 2,000 households from over 200 rural and urban clusters of 13 states -- Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Gujarat, Karantaka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and Bengal. The report covered 11 public services -- public distribution sys

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Doctors seek changes to sex test rules -GS Mudur

-The Telegraph New Delhi: A panel of doctors has called for changes to the rules banning prenatal sex determination, warning they are depriving rural populations of easy access to the point-of-care ultrasound scans (pocus) needed to diagnose and treat critically ill patients. Doctors associated with the Jan Swasthya Sahyog, which runs a rural hospital in Chhattisgarh, have recommended technology and

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Premium delayed, farmer denied -Ashok Gulati & Siraj Hussain

-The Indian Express Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana does not inspire confidence of farmers. They have to wait for months, sometimes years to get compensation. This article is the second in the series assessing the performance of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre in the agri-food space over the last four years. The first one appeared in this newspaper on May 2 (IE, ‘Four years of neglecting farmers’). Here we look at the BJP’s promise in its manifesto, namely, &l

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