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India’s hunt for the new Vision 2020 -Amir Ullah Khan

-Livemint.com With a slew of development targets getting pushed back to at least 2030, what visions and goals are realistic? The year 2020 was bleak. And while the calendar changes, things may not change all that much until the public Health benefits of a mass vaccination campaign kicks in. Meanwhile, it is important to take stock of where India’s development dreams stand and where the country can go from here. Many visions and...

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Community action, with a focus on women’s well-being, can fight malnutrition -Uma Mahadevan Dasgupta

-The Indian Express Anganwadi workers, ASHAs, ANMs and anganwadi supervisors can work together with panchayat members to ensure that all children and mothers are covered with immunisation, antenatal care, maternity benefits and nutrition services On an MGNREGA worksite in Kolar, Karnataka, a male worker came up to me and said that men ought to be paid more than women. I asked him why. “Adhu yaavaagalu hange,” he replied: That was how it...

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Reform for farmers needs to look at more than mere efficiency of agriculture markets -Nikhit Kumar Agrawal and Richa Kumar

-The Indian Express Considering the critical importance of agriculture for livelihoods, Health, food security, and also keeping in mind the vulnerability of Indian farmers, it is necessary to go beyond reductionist expediency in considering agricultural reforms. In his speech on December 25, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the three controversial farm laws will finally deliver justice to the vast majority of small farmers who have been ignored by successive governments. As...

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ASHA and Anganwadi Workers Are the Backbones of India’s Rural Health and Care Services -Moin Qazi

-Newsclick.in The outbreak of the pandemic, the nation’s 2.7 million Anganwadi workers became frontline responders in their communities. The contribution of passionate women who work as Anganwadi and ASHA workers must be recognised by the formal governance systems. MOIN QAZI writes about his experience and interaction with Anganwadi workers and what India must do to enhance the systems. They deserve a better deal as they are committed and dedicated despite being grossly...

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Experts raise questions over ‘hasty’ approval for COVID-19 vaccines -Jacob Koshy

-The Hindu They advise against Covaxin, say there is no proof of efficacy. Several experts have raised concern over the “hasty approval” granted to the COVID-19 vaccines despite the lack of adequate efficacy data. The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation on Sunday accorded approval for restricted emergency use of the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII), and the indigenously developed vaccine Covaxin of Bharat Biotech. “I’m completely unaware...

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