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Why rural consumption may not drive up growth -Sanjay Kumar

-Livemint.com Rural India was battling economic difficulties even before the pandemic. The pandemic-induced lockdown increased hardships even further. The historic contraction in India’s gross domestic product (GDP) figure for the June-ended quarter has raised several questions on what the future holds, and what that contraction has meant for ordinary people. Macro-economic statistics can often fail to capture the diverse realities of a country as large as India, and hence it is useful...

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Tackling malnutrition in times of Covid-19: How Odisha managed this juggling act -Amar Patnaik

-Firstpost.com While Odisha was being considerably ranked low in many indices at the national level, the most important feature of the state government during the current time has been the dynamic and evolving governance structure India is home to half of the wasted children (those with a low weight for their height) globally, according to the recent Global Nutrition Report 2020. Moreover, more than a third (37.9 percent) of our children under...

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NSO report shows stark digital divide affects education

-The Hindu Evidence of significant disparity in access to online schooling during Covid-19 Schools across the country have now been closed for six months due to Covid-19, but this means vastly different things for different people. For the child in urban Himachal Pradesh, where Internet penetration is higher than 70%, it likely means online schooling, Zoom classes and digital textbooks. For the child in rural Odisha, where less than 6% of households...

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Job losses among SCs were three times higher than for upper castes: Economist Ashwini Deshpande -Shreehari Paliath

-India Spend/ Scroll.in Reservations are not the answer to every social and economic problem. More needs to be done to provide safety nets to vulnerable groups. About 10 crore to 12 crore Indians lost their jobs in the immediate aftermath of the countrywide lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19, IndiaSpend reported in April. But the lockdown has impacted the disadvantaged caste groups with a far greater magnitude than the upper castes, found...

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Chhattisgarh reopens its anganwadis to provide daily hot nutritious meals -Sarah Khan

-GaonConnection.com Chhattisgarh has become the first state in the country to reopen its anganwadi centres amid the Covid-19 to offer health and nutrition services to kids and women After remaining shut for almost half a year, 55,000 anganwadis in Chhattisgarh reopened yesterday on September 7 to provide hot nutritious meals and health services to 1.5 million children under the age of six years, and 0.5 million pregnant and lactating women registered with...

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