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Basic income works and works well -Guy Standing

nce from UNICEF and the UNDP. The outcomes exceeded expectations, partly because everybody in the community, and not just select people, received their own individual transfer. Nutrition improved, sanitation improved, health and health care improved, school attendance and performance improved, women’s status and well-being improved, the position of the disabled and vulnerable groups improved by more than others. And the amount and quality of

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Time-bound plan needed to address contaminated water -Mayank Aggarwal

in over 25,000 habitations across India is contaminated with excess arsenic and fluoride levels. To address the issue, a parliamentary committee has now asked the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and sanitation (MDWS) to devise a time-bound plan to achieve the target of supplying clean drinking water to the contaminated areas. In India, 15,811 habitations are affected by arsenic and 9,660 habitations are affected by fluoride, said the central gover

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Young and wasted -TK Rajalakshmi

ing itself was a function partly of the ignorance of its benefits and also an outcome of the malnourished status of the mother. The report also mentions other determinants such as access to water, sanitation, hygiene, income, education and quality health services as mitigating or contributing to malnourishment. It falls short of advocating better income distributive policies though there are sufficient indications in the report of a link between po

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Himachal, Kerala and TN top development index

rformance in providing good health, reducing hunger, achieving gender equality and providing quality education,” the report said. “Himachal Pradesh ranks high on providing clean water and sanitation, in reducing inequalities and preserving the mountain ecosystem.” Please click here to read more.

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Poshan sakhis transform reproductive health in Odisha -Rakhi Ghosh

ace for women to discuss issues that concern them. The discussions range from their personal health, children’s health, food and nutrition, to sensitive matters such as menstrual hygiene and sanitation. Diagnosed as undernourished by the accredited social health activist (ASHA), Swapnarani hopes that the poshan sakhi (nutrition friend) at the maitri baithak will guide her on health and nutrition so that she would deliver a healthy child.

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India must shift focus from food to nutrition security: IFPRI chief -TV Jayan

reduction for decades unlike many countries. While most countries turned their attention to income generation to reduce poverty, Thailand, through community participation, put its focus on nutrition, sanitation and health to bring down poverty levels,” said Fan, who was here last week to participate in IFPRI’s annual board meeting. “Even though Thailand went through a lot of political changes in the last two decades, the Thai soci

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Understanding the Problems of India's sanitation Workers -Nirat Bhatnagar While no one can argue that India may moving in the right direction in terms of sanitation, all is not well. Despite increasing focus by the government and programmes such as the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, unsafe sanitation work, loosely captured under the catch-all phrase manual scavenging, still exists in India. There are five million people employed in More »

Poverty in all its faces -C Rangarajan & S Mahendra Dev

on Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) 2018. This report covers 105 countries. The MPI is based on 10 indicators: Health, child mortality, years of schooling, school attendance, cooking fuel, sanitation, drinking water, electricity, housing and assets. This report has specifically discussed the case of India. It is well worth quoting the opening paragraph on India: “India has made momentous progress in reducing multidimensional poverty.

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What has driven India's poverty reduction? -Arjun Srinivas

n 2005-06. India halved its poverty rate in the next 10 years. In absolute terms, the number of poor fell from 630 million to 360 million during this period. New Delhi: Improved nutrition, better sanitation and increased asset ownership have halved India’s poverty rate between 2005-06 and 2015-16, according to a study by the Oxford University. In the 10-year period, 270 million Indians were pulled out of poverty in what is perhaps one of

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