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Cash transfers for subsidised foodgrain: Government claims 99% success. Not so, say 33% -Mridula Chari

f they had received it. This despite government claims that 99% of the cash transfers were successful. These findings are part of a third and final study by researchers from the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, which was commissioned by the government policy think tank Niti Aayog to evaluate the pilot project. The project was launched in Chandigarh and Puducherry in September 2015 and in Dadra and Nagar Haveli in March 2016. Since then, th

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India Scores Lowest Among BRICS on Health Sustainable Development Goal Index -Swagata Yadavar

ith a score of 38.6 out of 100, India’s performance on health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Index is the worst among BRICS nations. SDGs are universal targets including ending Poverty, hunger and inequality, improving access to health and education among others for all countries by 2030. Created by the international research collaboration Global Burden of Disease, the SDG index calculates the performance of countries on 37 h

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India's Unique Enigma of High Growth and Stunted Children -Awanish Kumar

ecation and the spread of harmful germs that lead to higher levels of child malnutrition. The government of India and other multilateral international agencies even today swear by the myth that it is Poverty which is at the root of open defecation. Coffey and Spears do not reject that Poverty is a part of the problem, but they insist that social inequalities play a bigger role in explaining why a majority o

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The return of India's super rich -Rishabh Kumar

tion are part of a continuing pattern or represent a dynamic shift from the post-independence decades of India’s socialist experiment. After all, for centuries India has been home to extreme Poverty and some of the richest people on the planet. In 1937, the nizam of Hyderabad was declared the world’s wealthiest person by Time magazine. His wealth was estimated to be equal to around 30% of India’s gross domestic product (GDP). The

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Indicators that matter: On the quality of public healthcare -Soumitra Ghosh

per thousand live births and half of Cuba’s doctors and hospital beds were in Havana. The rural areas had all the problems that U.P. and other underdeveloped States in India still have. Besides Poverty and mass illiteracy, undernutrition was rampant and health inequalities were pervasive. However, Cuba’s turn-around story is now acknowledged and its health-care system has become a model for other countries. This was made possible as the co

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Don't criminalise marital rape, may disturb institution of marriage: Government -Shalini Nair

o follow them blindly. This country has its own unique problems due to various factors like literacy, lack of financial empowerment of the majority of females, mindset of the society, vast diversity, Poverty, etc., and these should be considered carefully before criminalising marital rape,” it states. The Justice Verma committee, formed in the wake of the 2012 Delhi gangrape, had recommended removing the exception made for marital rape in the

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Gorakhpur deaths: Why India's poor public health delivery system is a killer -Sanchita Sharma

GDP is around 4.7%, with out-of-pocket spending accounting for around 63% of this spend. Each year, 63 million people — close to the population of the United Kingdom — are pushed into Poverty because of catastrophic health expenditure. They are forced to abandon jobs because of ill health or have to sell their land and assets to pay health care costs. With more than 9 in 10 people self-employed, private and employer-provided health ins

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Beyond the lament -K Srinath Reddy

viruses through insect vectors. Bacteria, too, abound in unhygienic surroundings and easily invade the ill-nourished bodies of poor children. It requires an all-round development effort to alleviate Poverty, ameliorate child nutrition and obliterate squalor. Even as we do this, we need to fix our dysfunctional health system. Please click here to access.

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Why this UP village will not celebrate Independence Day -Kanwardeep Singh

cate in the open, as most of the houses don't have a toilet. Mailani range in south Kheri forest division is among the most neglected areas of the district. Choudhipur is particularly riddled with Poverty. Most of its residents, from the backward castes, are dependent on the forest or on daily labour for their livelihood. Choudhipur was settled way back in 1923. However, it was never included in development programmes by district authorities aft

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Aadhaar for free LPG: Govt relaxes deadline till Sept 30 for BPL women

the benefits under the scheme (PMUY) is hereby required to furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar number or undergo Aadhaar authentication," said the March 6 gazette notification. Those below Poverty line (BPL) women looking to avail free LPG connection but do not have the Aadhaar number, have been asked to apply for it by September 30. Once enrolled for Aadhaar, the beneficiary can apply for free LPG connection by providing the enrollment

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