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It's about social justice, not welfare -Abusaleh Shariff and Mohsin Alam Bhat

dment that provides the possibility of quotas for the “economically weaker sections” (EWS) has rekindled the debate on reservations. These quotas diverge from reservation policies for the scheduled castes, Scheduled Tribes and other socially and educationally backward classes, by jettisoning caste or community identity as the basis of identifying beneficiary groups. Parliament’s power to amend the Constitution is limited by the ba

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'Untouchability still prevails in over 640 Tamil Nadu villages' -Ritwika Mitra

ASY) in RTI queries. The information was sought by SASY for the time period between 2014 to 2018. No legal action has been taken in any of the villages, according to the several RTIs. Under the scheduled castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, the state government are supposed to impose collective fines on people who practise untouchability.The total number of villages where untouchability continues to exist is 646. Of

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PM Modi's pet schemes underperforming in Gujarat: Report -Avinash Nair

cts such as Vadodara, Gir Somnath and Kutch achieved less than 50 per cent of the target for the “loan in 59 minutes” scheme, while Stand-Up India, which facilitates loans for people from scheduled castes and Scheduled Tribes as well as women, and the MUDRA loan scheme had been underperforming, the report said. Advertising Stress faced by certain industries as well as drought were found to be the reasons that some districts performed p

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Arvind Kejriwal flags off 200 sewer cleaning machines

machines to the 200 people, who are already engaged in sewer cleaning work. Rajendar Pal Gautam, minster of SC-ST welfare, said the Delhi government was committed to work for the upliftment of the scheduled castes in a better and effective manner. Anil Kumar Singh, CEO of DJB, said with the introduction of small sewage cleaning machine vehicles, the board will ensure cleaning of sewage in narrow lanes in the city through it. The machines have

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Modi Pays Tribute to Sanitation Workers After Five Years of Ignoring Them -Rejimon K

In the 2019-20 Interim Budget, the Modi government allotted just Rs 39.87 crore for five national commissions, including the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis, the National Commission for scheduled castes and the National Commission for Backward Classes, as against the allocation of Rs 33.72 for 2018-19. Just Rs 9 crore has been set aside for the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis. According to Indian Budget data, in 2018-19, whe

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Upper caste Hindus richest in India, own 41% of total assets; STs own 3.7%, says study on wealth distribution -Anjali Marar

f them in urban areas and the rest in rural areas, across 20 Indian states. The population was classified into multiple groups — Hindu Scheduled Class (HSC), Hindu Scheduled Tribes (HST), Hindu scheduled castes (HSCs), Hindu Scheduled Tribes (HSTs), Non-Hindu scheduled castes (NHSCs), Non-Hindu Scheduled Tribes (NHSTs), Hindu Other Backward Classes (HOBCs), Hindu High Castes (HHCs), Muslim Other Backw

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Supreme Court refuses to stay amendments to SC/ ST Act -Krishnadas Rajagopal

-The Hindu The Act nullified the controversial March 20 apex court judgment diluting the stringent provisions of the Dalit protection law. The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to stay the scheduled castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act of 2018, which nullified the controversial March 20 apex court judgment diluting the stringent provisions of the Dalit protection law. The government had brought in the ame

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The missing egg in Indian children's diet

incidence of undernourishment is high, do not serve eggs at all, citing religious and cultural traditions. Such top-down political decisions often ignore social preferences, say, among tribes and the scheduled castes, who are mostly non-vegetarians. The macro data also shows that the majority of Indians consume animal protein in one form or another. Please click here to read more.

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Study reveals caste-based segregation in Bengaluru -Mohit M Rao

-The Hindu In 40% of blocks, SC/ST community constitutes less than 5% of residents Bengaluru: A first-of-its-kind snapshot of the distribution of scheduled castes and Scheduled Tribes community in the city reveals a patchwork of caste-segregated neighbourhoods where socio-economically backward castes are ghettoised. Older areas such as Malleswaram or Basavanagudi exhibit a caste-based pattern, perhaps due to urban planning where caste segre

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A quota for farmers -Harish Damodaran

passing in Parliament a Constitution amendment bill that creates a new economically weaker sections of citizens (EWS) category entitled to 10 per cent reservation, over and above the 15 per cent for scheduled castes, 7.5 per cent for Scheduled Tribes and 27 per cent for OBCs. Such alacrity and boldness to defy Indra Sawhney is striking for two reasons. First, this zeal wasn’t evident when the demand for creating similar quotas came from d

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