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'Digital divide' persists despite the country's desire to become a digital giant

  A recent report of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) brings forth the dichotomy between digital divide and India’s transition towards a cashless economy. The rural-urban divide in access to computer and internet is quite stark, according to the report entitled 'Key Indicators of Household Social Consumption on Education in India, July 2017 to June 2018'.   The 75th round National Sample Survey (NSS) report on education finds that...

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Nearly 70% of education loans goes to general category students -Pon Vasanth BA

-The Hindu MHRD data also indicates variation in size of loans disbursed, with OBCs, SCs and STs receiving lower amounts on average Around 70% of the education loans disbursed in the country appear to be going to upper caste students, data on a government-funded surety scheme for educational loans furnished by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) in the Lok Sabha has indicated. The data provided was on the Credit Guarantee Fund Scheme...

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Challenger from within -V Vasanthi Devi

-The Indian Express PS Krishnan was a rare bureaucrat who sought to reform government for marginalised PS Krishnan, who left us on November 10, was an extraordinary combination of the bureaucrat-reformer-activist. His was a life driven by single-minded devotion to the cause of the deprived and exploited. From his student days in his native Kerala and later, as a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in the Andhra Pradesh cadre —...

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Data shows Dalit MPs battle parties, voters and prejudice even in reserved seats -Rukmini S The Chitradurga MP’s experience exemplifies how upper castes respond to Dalit politicians, even in 2019. A Dalit MP from Karnataka had to reason with priests in a village to let him in. They did not. Still, the BJP MP, A. Narayanaswamy, chose not to press charges because the village had voted for him in the 2019 elections. The incident sparked an important debate not only about the persistence of caste untouchability in...

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SCs, STs, OBCs and women poorly represented in police force; STs, women less likely to be posted as officers -Fazil Khan All three communities, SCs, STs and OBCs, are poorly represented in Delhi – the only Union Territory included in the study. New Delhi: Disadvantaged communities such as the Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes(STs), Other Backwards Castes (OBCs) as well as women are under-represented in the country's police force, a study has revealed. According to the Common Cause-CSDS Lokniti's 'Status of Policing in India Report 2019', while SCs are under-represented in 19...

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