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Safety and Access: Evaluating Delhi Govt's Decision on Public Transport -Kalpana Viswanath

hereas 75% men work within a 12 km radius.  Clearly women are restricted in the opportunities that they are able to avail. One criticism has been that all women do not need free rides or even subsidies. This is entirely true. But the free ride is voluntary – women who feel they do not need a free ride should continue to pay for public transport. Some people have criticised the move as not addressing the issue of safety. Yes, it is tru

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Ryot widows denied share of univided property -Swathi Vadlamudi

r children being pushed into destitution. Even in cases where they are allowed to till their husband’s share of land, unwillingness is rampant to share the benefits accruing thereof, such as subsidies, loans, insurance and others. Most often, reason lies in the poor and deprived condition of the in-laws too. Rythu Bandhu is one such scheme which few women have benefited from, at least in Vikarabad district. Not even one woman farmer, among

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Why has drought hit the Maldharis of Kutch so hard this year? -Ramya Ravi & Abi T Vanak

ht above-average rain, but 2018 broke this trend. After the first heavy shower in June, there was a prolonged lull. Nearly a year later, there is still an acute shortage of fodder. Despite government subsidies, and some 356 cattle relief camps (the highest number in recent history) the Maldharis have not been able to recover from the economic shock. Some have begun selling their prized livestock. “I cannot tolerate the sight of my weakened cattl

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Farm ponds that dot parched Marathwada may deplete groundwater in the long run -Vaishnavi Chandrashekhar

aic of blue and brown squares and rectangles. These are farm ponds: Large earthen structures that have spread across rural Maharashtra in the past five years, thanks to a raft of central and state subsidies. The ponds were conceived to catch and store rainwater, and are especially useful for fruits such as grapes that require year-round irrigation, But as they have proliferated on a large scale, and are often filled from wells, experts have

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Direct benefit transfer of subsidies crosses Rs.3-lakh-cr mark in 2018-19 -Surabhi

-The Hindu Business Line The 60% jump over last year is due to DBT in fertiliser where Rs.39,230 cr was transferred Mumbai: Direct benefit transfer of subsidies in cash and kind crossed the Rs.3-lakh crore mark in 2018-19 to 123.8 crore beneficiaries through over 351-crore transactions. Official data reveals that DBT in both cash and kind amounted to Rs.3,06,260 crore last fiscal, a 60 per cent jump from Rs.1,90,870.9 crore in 2017-18. A

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Necessary steps to ending poverty -Pulapre Balakrishnan

opulation is grossly inequitable. We can think of agricultural labourers and urban pavement dwellers as equally deserving of support as poor farmers. While it is the case that at present agricultural subsidies go to farmers alone, these are intended as production subsidies and so channelled due to the criticality of food production to all. Please click here to read more.

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Promises to the farmers -Ashok Gulati & Ritika Juneja

-The Indian Express Whichever party comes to power at the Centre, India is making a policy shift to direct income support. The festival of democracy started with the first phase of polling on April 11. Ideally, it should be celebrated like Holi, forgetting past enmity and embracing each other with love. But, unfortunately, it is being fought like the battle of Kurukshetra in the epic, Mahabharata. All the weapons of politics — saam, daam, dand, bhed — are being used. Saam re

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MS Swaminathan, father of Green Revolution, interviewed by Jitheesh PM & Jipson John (Newsclick.in)

t. Everywhere there are only individual interests and private interests. Everything has to be studied carefully. You have got international trade agreements. I always say there should be green box subsidies for livelihood security, just as the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has other green box provisions. In 1992, I’d recommended a livelihood security box for those whose livelihood is in agriculture. Ours is a livelihood industry. In America,

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Managing India's sugar surplus -N Madhavan

nts’ populism, it is time for an all new approach Earlier this month, Australia and Brazil dragged India to the WTO for its market-distorting policies on sugar. Their contention was that the subsidies, including the extent of farmer assistance, far exceeded the norms set by the WTO resulting in higher sugar production/exports which dampen the international prices and, consequently, hurt their domestic producers. This is not the first time Ind

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Why linking MGNREGA payments to Aadhaar is a mistake -Debmalya Nandy

ansfer (DBT) systems. Section 7 of the Aadhaar Act has been applied to MGNREGA which enables the Central and state governments to establish the identity of an individual through Aadhaar for receiving subsidies, benefits or services from the government. It is however not clear why an employment guarantee programme like MGNREGA is considered as a DBT scheme and why the NREGA workers are made to link their Aadhaar numbers with their respective job car

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