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Northeast citizens faced racial discrimination amid COVID-19 outbreak, says govt. study -Vijaita Singh

-The Hindu They were “harassed, abused and traumatised” and disparagingly called ‘coronavirus,’ says study A study commissioned by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) on racial discrimination and hate crimes against people from the northeast States found that the “northeast India seamlessly fits [an] Indian’s imagination of a Chinese person”. The study found that 78% of the people from the region who were interviewed believed that physical appearance was the most...

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Five more States complete ease of doing business reforms

-PTI/ The Hindu With this, 20 States are now eligible for an additional borrowing of 0.25% of Gross State Domestic Product. As many as 20 States have successfully completed ease of doing business reforms, the Finance Ministry said on Saturday. States completing the reforms are eligible for additional borrowing of 0.25% of Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP). “The number of States that have successfully completed the 'Ease of Doing Business' reforms has reached to...

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The pandemic has hampered social auditing of MGNREGA

When a massive sum of public money is spent on a programme like Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (MGNREGA)--a demand-driven programme, there is likelihood of financial misappropriations and mismanagement. Thankfully there are checks and balances in the rural employment guarantee legislation to counter such malpractices. It is worth noting that the total allocation under the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (MGNREGA) for 2020-21 was Rs. 1,11,500.00 crore (R.E.), up...

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More Indians covered by health insurance but overall percentage still low: NHFS-5 -Puja Goswami, Ritika Banerjee, Nand Lal Mishra and Pooja Verma

-Down to Earth Andhra Pradesh recorded the highest coverage but a decrease since last survey Health insurance coverage increased in the past five years in a majority of the Indian states and union territories but still remained well below half the population in most of them, according to the latest National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5). As many as 15 of the 22 states and UTs surveyed showed an increase in the health coverage....

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