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Over 51,000 Teaching Posts in Primary, 33,000 in Secondary Schools Lying Vacant in Uttar Pradesh - Abdul Alim Jafri

Newsclick There is an acute shortage of teachers in government-run primary, upper primary and composite schools in Uttar Pradesh, despite the guidelines on the teacher-to-student ratio issued under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act (RTE) of 2009. The new academic session of Uttar Pradesh Basic Education Board schools is about to begin next month (April 1) but about 51,000 posts of assistant teachers are lying vacant in the...

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Expand PDS to include non-ration card holders and 10 crore excluded by using old census figures: Right to Food Campaign

A coalition of civil society activits has criticized the Union Budget 2023-24 for reducing government spending on the social sector by a massive amount. The economic crisis induced by the Covid-19 pandemic was borne disproportionately by those at the bottom of the pyramid and in this context spending on social protection schemes such as the Public Distribution System, anganwadis, pensions and MGNREGA is especially important. But the Government of India has...

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Budget Briefs: Samagra Shiksha got 25% more, but only 51% of allocation utilized - Mridusmita Bordoloi, Avani Kapur, Sidharth Santhosh

Accountability Initiative, Centre for Policy Research At the start of the Financial Year (FY) 2022-23, GoI allocated the highest budget for Samagra Shiksha since its inception at Rs. 37,383 crore Budget Estimates (BEs). This was 25 percent higher than the Revised Estimates (REs) for FY 2021-22. An additional Rs. 447 crore was sought through the supplementary budget in December 2022, bringing the revised allocations to Rs. 37,831 crore. The pace of GoI...

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How State Family Database Projects Pose Dangers Of In-Depth Citizen Profiling And Exclusion - Sarasvati NT

Medianama The Tamil Nadu e-Governance Agency (TNeGA) floated a second tender in December 2022 for implementation and maintenance of a Master Data Management and de- duplication tool for a State Family Database (SFDB) project. The objective is to assign the ‘Makkal ID’— a unique identification number already allotted to the state’s seven crore residents— to different records across departments. The SFDB is projected to be the “single source of truth” of all...

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What data told us about India in 2022 - Akshi Chawla

DeCEDA/Qrius 2022 was a milestone year for India. India walked into 2022 with an infectious wave of Covid-19 impacting lakhs of people, the wave receded a few weeks into the year. As hopes for a post-pandemic recovery surged, war in Ukraine brought in new challenges for the economy. With supply chains disrupted, global sanctions imposed on Russia, prices of fuel and food shot up. Inflation, already on a high from pent-up...

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