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NYAY to be implemented without additional taxes on middle class: Manmohan Singh

-The Hindu Business Line The former PM added that the economic stimulus that NYAY will provide will further help in fiscal discipline India's nearly $3 trillion economy has the fiscal capacity to absorb the expenditure to fund NYAY, the minimum Income Support Scheme promised by Congress Party, without the need for any new taxes on the middle class, former Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh, said. NYAY scheme -- announced by Congress...

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Rural Bihar prefer healthcare, infrastructure over cash transfer: World Bank -Asit Ranjan Mishra

-Livemint.com * Only 13% surveyed chose cash if it came at the expense of spending to improve public health and nutrition * The number grew to 35% if the cash came at the expense of improving roads New Delhi: A timely survey conducted in rural Bihar by a World Bank economist and two professors from the Georgetown University to gauge the response of poor people on the raging debate over a minimum income...

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Necessary steps to ending poverty -Pulapre Balakrishnan

-The Hindu The provision of health, education and public services matters more than Income Support Schemes It is by now close to 50 years since Indira Gandhi brought the idea of eradicating poverty into the electoral arena in India. ‘Garibi Hatao’ had been her slogan. She actually took the country some distance in the promised direction. Though it had not come close to being eradicated in her time, it was under her...

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'All parties treat farmers like beggars': Punjab's agriculture workers have no hope from elections -Manu Moudgil

-Scroll.in Recent farm loan waivers and Income Support Schemes have had little impact amid growing agrarian distress. In January, farmers across the state of Punjab took to the roads in protest. In 12 districts of the state, they were protesting against banks that filed cases against loan defaulting farmers. Also part of their demands from the government was compensation of Rs 10 lakh each for families of farmers that had committed suicides,...

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CPI(M) promises unemployment dole -Sobhana K Nair

-The Hindu Manifesto includes repealing AFSPA. Targeting the Narendra Modi government for a 45-year high in unemployment figures, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) in its manifesto, released on Thursday in Delhi, said the “right to work” should be enshrined in the Constitution and there should be a provision of allowance for those without jobs. The party’s campaign song too captures the party’s accusation with lyrics that say “Aab ki baar, Modi...

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