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Punjab: Dalit Village 'Misled' by Govt to Hand Over Panchayat Land for Industrial Park -Vivek Gupta

-TheWire.in As one village prepares to take the government to court, another claims panchayat land reserved for Scheduled Castes was auctioned by proxy to ‘upper caste’ families. Chandigarh: One-and-a-half months ago, Amrik Kaur, sarpanch of village Sekhowal in Ludhiana district, was asked to attend a meeting at the Ludhiana deputy commissioner’s office. There, she was asked to give her consent for the transfer of a portion of the village common (shamlat) land...

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Lockdown further impoverishes those who were living on the edges of existence even during normal times, finds a new report

A recent survey that was conducted through telephonic interviews among 1,405 respondents across the states of Delhi-NCR, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Rajasthan and Jharkhand reveals the precarious conditions of workers nearly 45 days after the announcement of COVID-19 lockdown. The report entitled Labouring Lives: Hunger, Precarity and Despair amid Lockdown tries to understand the extent (and depth) of job loss and hunger 45 days after the lockdown. Hunger and...

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Thousands of smallholder women poultry farmers lose business to coronavirus misconceptions -Ajit Kanitkar and Deepak Tushir

-VillageSquare.in More than ten thousand tribal and Dalit small holder poultry farmers who had successfully built cooperative enterprise and escaped poverty, were forced to cull chickens due to rumors linking spread of coronavirus to chicken consumption Hoshangabad (Madhya Pradesh): Kunti Dhurve is a small holder poultry producer from Jamundol village in Kesla administrative block of Hoshangabad District in Madhya Pradesh. Out of the total 15,000 households in Kesla, about 9,000 are tribal...

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No meetings of SC, ST committees held in 25 States in 3 years -Damini Nath

-The Hindu The panels are meant to monitor the implementation of SC, ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act The State-level committees meant to monitor the implementation of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 of 25 States and Union Territories had not met even once in three years — 2016, 2017 and 2018, according to information provided by the Union Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry to Parliament on Tuesday. Please...

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Decoding the Priorities: An Analysis of Union Budget 2020-21 -CBGA

-Decoding the Priorities: An Analysis of Union Budget 2020-21, Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA), February 2020 The publication presents an analysis of the priorities in Union Budget 2020-21, both on public expenditure and resource mobilisation front. It has been divided broadly into five chapters. The first chapter focuses on a host of important aspects under Resource Mobilisation, like domestic tax policy, international taxation policy, financial transparency, and Centre-State...

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