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Exercise in manipulation -CP Chandrasekhar

-Frontline.in The political economy of the Modi regime was characterised by a redistribution of income in favour of a few and a worsened performance in job creation, welfare and alleviating deprivation. AT the end of its five-year term, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s claim that the Indian economy has experienced rapid growth during its tenure sounds shallow. The gross domestic product (GDP) numbers, many observers argue, are wrong and possibly fabricated....

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Will Congress's NYAY Really Mean Justice for the Poor? -Anjana Thampi and Ishan Anand

-TheWire.in Any policy that seriously intends to reduce poverty and deprivation should increase social sector spending and look to universalise basic services. On Monday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi promised a minimum income guarantee scheme or Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) if voted to power in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The proposal involves a transfer of Rs 72,000 per year to 20% of the poorest families in India. He claimed that this “is...

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Missing: The woman farmer -Sakshi Rai

-Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA) Land rights structurally escape women. This is a fundamental issue in understanding why women’s work as farmers is largely invisible. However, the large-scale migration of men towards pursuing other non-farm employment opportunities due to the worsening agrarian crisis has pushed more women into this sector. Work is not homogenous and neither are women or their work. Perceiving work through economic lens, the policy framework...

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Crumbs for farmers -R Ramakumar

-Frontline.in Hidden in the Modi government’s Budget promises to India’s farmers, who are in distress, is the admission: we have failed you. No section of society has perhaps fared worse under the Narendra Modi regime than small peasants and Agricultural Labourers. Rural India, particularly peasants, voted in large numbers for the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in 2014. Once in power, the NDA government promised to double the incomes...

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Why KALIA may be better option than loan waiver in supporting big, small farmers

-Financial Express Even as loan waivers are known to help a small number of farmers, Odisha has come up with a farmer-centric scheme which assists farming on a large and secular scale. It comes at a time when a debate on validity of loan waiver is being discussed across the country. KALIA — a farmer-specific scheme launched by the state — includes payments to everyone from big farmers and landless cultivators...

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