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How West Bengal govt has curbed food prices while providing better returns to farmers

-The Indian Express The Sufal Bangla scheme, which was started in 2014, has rescued consumers in times of high inflation. Kolkata: The fast-rising prices of food articles, especially those of vegetables such as onions and potatoes, have been ruining household budgets across the country. But an effective scheme run by the West Bengal government has meant that many consumers, especially those belonging to the lower-income group, in Kolkata and some nearby cities...

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A battle over welfare: On Delhi Assembly polls

-The Hindu The AAP will hope that the Assembly polls are a referendum on its government’s work Delhi, the Union Territory (UT) that hosts India’s capital city, might lag behind several States in total population and in area, but it enjoys outsize significance in terms of media and political attention. With 1.47 crore electors spread across the largely metropolitan national capital region and its pockets of rural voters in some suburbs, Delhi...

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In Maharashtra, linking land records to PM Fasal Bima saves time, plugs leaks -Parthasarathi Biswas

-The Indian Express Does away with need for village revenue officer’s signature; guards against crop insurance fraud. Pune: Early in December, when Bhagwan Ingole, a farmer from Malegaon in Ardhrapur taluka of Nanded went to the Citizen Facilitation Centre in his village to insure his one acre of rabi chana (bengal gram) crop, he was in for a surprise. During the previous seasons, the operator of this one-stop shop catering to most...

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CAA, NRC introduce meddlesome officialdom into a question as fundamental as citizenship -Abhijit Banerjee & Esther Duflo

-The Indian Express CAA and NRC introduce a meddlesome officialdom into a question as fundamental as citizenship. Why not open our doors to all who sign up in our national mission of being democratic, open, tolerant and inclusive? In 2014, then candidate Narendra Modi’s slogan of “maximum Governance minimum government” had resonated with many voters who felt that the Indian government loomed too large in their lives while delivering too little to...

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A persisting variance: On sustainable goals index

-The Hindu Even better performing States have not fared well in achieving gender equality The NITI Aayog’s Sustainable Development Goals Index for 2019, released on Monday, does not reveal any surprising information. The South’s Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka are joined by Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Goa as the best performers while the northern/north-central and north-eastern States have been laggardly in achieving the U.N.-mandated goals by 2030. Poor performers...

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