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Is farmer income support a sustainable solution? -Sanjiv Phansalkar Income support to smallholder farmers is similar to palliative measures like minimum support prices or loan waivers that do not address the problem of an unsustainable population living on a fixed resource base The government in the budget for this year has announced an allocation of Rs 75,000 crore for direct income transfer of Rs 6,000 annually for every farmer who owns less than 2 hectares of land. This amount...

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'Political parties most distrusted, Army, judiciary win people's trust,' says study

-The Hindu A new survey ahead of elections shows lack of jobs is single biggest worry Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, a public opinion survey in 12 states has found that political parties are the most distrusted political institutions in India. It also found that one in five of those surveyed felt that unemployment is the single biggest issue facing the country today. The survey, Politics and Society between Elections 2019, found...

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ADR survey shows that better employment opportunities, better health care & drinking water are the top 3 priorities among Indian voters

-Press Release by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) dated 25 March, 2019 The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) commissioned perhaps the largest ever Voter Survey in any country. The survey was conducted between October 2018 and December 2018, prior to the General Elections to the Lok Sabha 2019. It covered 534 Lok Sabha constituencies with 2,73,487 voters participating in this exercise spread among various demographics. The three main objectives of...

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Corruption, unemployment and inflation top concerns this election, shows survey -Hina Rohtaki

-The Indian Express The issue of Corruption remained at the top, with 32.19 per cent favouring the agenda, followed by unemployment and inflation respectively. A survey by the Institute for Development and Communication found that Corruption was the most talked about issue during Lok Sabha polls in 2014. ?People were asked about the issues which they think should be addressed by their elected representative. The issue of Corruption remained at the top,...

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RTI trumps Official Secrets Act, says SC -Krishnadas Rajagopal

-The Hindu Justice Joseph cites information law as government seeks to keep Rafale pricing details under wraps An all-out effort by the government to claim privilege and push the Rafale jets’ pricing details back into the dark zone was met with a stoic counter from Justice K.M. Joseph in the Supreme Court on Thursday. The government’s reasons to hush the Rafale prices ranged from national security to not upsetting a “solemn undertaking” given...

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