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MP Raju Shetti, Maharashtra's foremost farmer leader and president of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghtana, interviewed by Ajaz Ashraf (

that was done centuries ago. It believes farmers should labour just the way animals did in the past. * But this government also promotes technology. For instance, it has formulated the concept of smart cities. They want the people in rural India to remain as they are. There are two countries – India [urban] and Bharat [rural]. The people of India are in dire need of slaves, the cost of hiring whom has risen. They want India to hire slaves

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Not smart cities, India needs climate-smart cities to protect its urban poor from heat waves -Sahana Ghosh & Mayank Aggarwal Even at night, people living in densely-built, low-income urban neighbourhoods get no respite. As India stares at one of the longest heatwaves in three decades – which so far has claimed over 200 lives – experts warn that the scorcher will impact people in poor urban neighbourhoods for weeks after even after it is over. In a study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment in April, researchers mapped and compared exposure to heat between low-inco

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Urban Poor Have Set Agenda for 2019 Elections -Tikender Singh Panwar It remains to be seen how many political parties pledge to protect the urban poor from eviction and homelessness and work for inclusive ‘smart cities’. Over 30 civil society groups consisting of slum dwellers, civil society organisations, women groups, other groups working amongst the urban poor, disabled women groups, street vendors, housing rights activists and so on assembled in Delhi on February 28 to set a new di

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Urban Only In Name -Sama Khan

was replaced by the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) that focusses on infrastructural development for Class I cities (those with a popu1ation of one lakh and above). The smart cities Mission (SCM) was launched to address our growing fascination with world-class cities that use technology to improve their services. The common thread between these urban schemes is that they cater to Class I cities, which already have bet

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Budget 2018 to focus heavily on infra, rural spend, says ICRA -Joe C Mathew

also expected. ICRA's note on pre-budget expectations says that the agency expects enhanced allocations for infrastructure, such as affordable housing, roads, railways, ports, inland waterways and smart cities, to help jumpstart investment activity and economic growth in India. "We anticipate budgetary outlays for capital spending to be enhanced substantially, supplemented by extra-budgetary sources of funds such as institutional finance and m

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Rs 2 trillion earmarked for 90 smart cities, work on 77 started: Govt

-IANS So far 77 smart cities, including 11 of the Round 3 cities, had formed their Special Purpose Vehicle New Delhi: An investment of Rs 1,91,155 crore has been proposed for the 90 cities under the smart cities project, Urban Development Minister Hardeep Puri said on Monday, a day after Congress President Rahul Gandhi said only seven per cent of funds for the project had been used. An official s

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Jean Dreze, development economist, interviewed by Ankita Virmani (

a country, are we ready for this transition? I think that this idea is characteristic of a tendency to try and climb the ladder from the top. Other examples are the fixation with bullet trains and smart cities. What most people actually need is trains that run on time and cities with essential amenities. Similarly, when it comes to transactions, people need good banking services, along with the obvious convenience that cash provides on a daily basi

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Economy outlook still cloudy -Ajit Ranade

oing Business’, increased access to electricity, improvement in infrastructure and private investment are not picking up. This must become the big priority. Initiatives such as Housing For All, smart cities and Digital India give room for huge opportunities for private entrepreneurs. Of course the corporate sector and banks have been affected by the twin balance sheet squeeze wherein corporates are over-leveraged, and banks have mounting bad loa

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Anti-Graft Forum Questions Centre's Appointment of Firm Accused of Scams for Black Money Probes -Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

t Bank, which collapsed. New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government’s appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) India to key projects like black money probes, Digital India, Make in India and smart cities project has been questioned by the Citizens Whistleblowers Forum. The group has also expressed concern over the RBI’s engagement of the auditing firm to help conduct the audit of its information systems. The firm has repeatedly been

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