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Anti-Sterlite protest: Behind violence that killed 9 in Tuticorin, a prolonged agitation and controversy

t to divulge too much on the issue. The state government had announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the families of each of the deceased. Present situation in Tuticorin On Wednesday morning, security has been tightened and shops were seen closed, as per ANI report. Section 144 has been imposed in the city to prevent any untoward incident. What is the protest all about? The protest against this Sterlite Copper plant is a prolonged one. S

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Easier credit norms for small and marginal farmers -Zia Haq

ngaged in agriculture and, as a class, are highly vulnerable to risks. The aim is to cut their dependence on usurious informal private lenders, an official said. Under revised guidelines, standard security requirements, such as hypothecation of crops, now do not apply to loans of up to Rs1 lakh. The change is also applicable to loans taken through the Kisan Credit Card, which allows land-holding farmers to meet short-term credit requirements.

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Jharkhand government not happy with direct transfer of food subsidy -Sanjoy Dey

re to withdraw its pilot project for direct transfer of food subsidy into account of beneficiaries in place of ration as it was causing immense trouble to the poor and was violating the National Food security law, said state food minister Saryu Roy. Ranchi’s Nagri block was selected for country’s first large scale pilot, covering over 52,000 beneficiaries of ration card holders, for transferring food subsidy amount into their bank accou

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

urt 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 Central government to get away with a series fallacious interpretations of the employment guarantee act&rdq

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

eme 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 Central Government to get away with a series fallacious interpretations of the employment guarantee a

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New labour policy to make Kerala employee-friendly

it today. A cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, gave the nod to the Kerala State Labour Policy, which envisages making the state more employee-friendly and ensuring social security and decent wages to all workers. According to an official release, the new policy advocates stringent action against the "unhealthy practices" that exist in the employment sector. Strengthening of employer-employee relationship to

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Job growth or number jugglery -Arun Kumar

re reports of retrenchment of workers and workers migrating from urban to rural areas to seek employment under MGNREGS, and youngsters not getting jobs commensurate to their skills. With no social security, few in India can afford to remain unemployed. Many who do not get formal employment often have no option but to carry headload or push carts. Hence, the issue at stake is under-employment. This author has been arguing for long that the sector in

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Icrier Study: Agri research & education funding heavily skewed

from low-value staples towards high-value food commodities, implying that the agriculture production systems must change to address the growing food demand,” the study said. The issues of food security and under-nutrition have kept the focus of agriculture R&E on crop husbandry. The combined finance and revenue accounts of the Centre and states are taken into account for the study in R&E and extension as there is little data availabl

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Secularism at risk as RTI Act weakens, says Aruna Roy

more challenging and non-transparent environment. “This government has consolidated opaqueness. It has systematically weakened the RTI Act by granting exemptions to CBI and other agencies on security grounds. Electoral bonds are a case in point where we don’t know who is financing a political party. Donations by foreign entities are also under wraps. The source of all corruption is political funding. This basically undoes all the gains

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Jean Dreze, development economist and social activist, interviewed by Sagar (CaravanMagazine.in)

avanMagazine.in The economist Jean Drèze’s book, Sense and Solidarity, published in late 2017, deals with the impact of Aadhaar on social-welfare programmes, such as the National Food security Act and the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, among other things. Drèze was a member of the United Progressive Alliance government’s advisory council, which designed the NFSA and MGNREGS. He co-authored some

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