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Time-Use Survey Report 2019: What Do We Learn About Rural Women? -Madhura Swaminathan

-Review of Agrarian Studies In 2019, the National Statistical Office undertook India’s first-ever national time-use survey, the results of which have recently been published (GoI 2020). Time Use in India 2019 (henceforth, TUS19) provides information on time spent by men and women in rural and urban areas of all States in different activities during one full day. From such a survey, we should be able to gauge the time spent on...

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The ‘Time Use Survey’ as an opportunity lost -Indira Hirway

-The Hindu Gaps in the Indian version’s data will impact Sustainable Development Goal 5.4 and the ILO’s resolution on defining work The all India Time Use Survey, 2019 has just been published by the Government of India. As a survey that has covered the entire country for the first time, the National Statistical Office needs to be complimented for accomplishing the task. The “Time Use Survey, or TUS, provides a framework for measuring...

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NREGA didis of Kurhani -Rajendran Narayanan

-The Indian Express A collective of NREGA women activists discovers its political voice. As Jean Dreze recently observed, one of the key ideas behind NREGA was that it would serve as a platform for increasing the overall political capacities of workers. It was hoped that people would organise themselves to collectively demand work and, in the process, learn about other legal and constitutional provisions. While Learning about the latter has been patchy,...

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Last child matters

-The Indian Express ASER report flags burden of digital inequality on children, and opportunity for government schools. The digital pivot in India’s schooling system risks pushing it into deeper inequality, seven months after schools shut down across the country to tackle the pandemic. A majority of children without access to internet has been thrown into distress — a handful to the point of self-harm, as several reports in this newspaper attest —...

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Digital divide is stark, online education still far from reality: ASER -Prashant K Nanda * States like Maharashtra, Gujarat, MP, and Tripura, who have reported more than 30 percentage points in the proportion of children whose families own a smartphone include * There is limited evidence on the extent to which this content is reaching children and the impact it is having on their Learning NEW DELHI: Notwithstanding the huge push, only one third of India’s school children are pursuing online education and a smaller cohort...

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