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Barring a few, most states and UTs ignored the guidelines to help persons with disabilities during the lockdown

A recent survey conducted by National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) -- a Delhi-based non-profit organisation -- shows how persons with disabilities in the country were disproportionately affected by the COVID–19 crisis. The report by NCPEDP has observed that persons with disabilities, particularly those from economically deprived sections, went through severe hardship during the lockdown. Without sufficient access to food or money, many of them faced hunger...

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Bihar first state to launch universal old-age pension scheme -Madan Kumar

-The Times of India PATNA: Bihar on Friday became the first state to launch a universal old-age pension scheme in which each person at the age of 60 years and above, irrespective of their financial, family or caste status, will get a sum of Rs 400 per month directly in his/her bank account. In other states, old-age pensions are provided only to the members of either BPL family or SC/ST or widows...

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Centre to incentivise work-from-home jobs -Yuthika Bhargava

-The Hindu Govt. working on scheme to offer financial support to both employers, employees in IT/ITES sector The government is working on a scheme to push work-from-home jobs in the IT sector by offering financial incentives to both employees and employers. “Incentivising work-from-home jobs through policy-level initiatives can help in creating jobs in the ITES domain while increasing the available talent pool for the sector. This will create employment opportunities in the IT/ITES...

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Jharkhand lacks universal pension coverage, allege civil society activitists

-Press release by Right to Food Campaign dated 28th September, 2018 17 lakh elderly, widows and Differently-abled Persons in Jharkhand who qualify for social security pensions, do not receive their entitlement. One important reason is that pension coverage in Jharkhand is not universal. Even those who do receive pensions face chronic selection errors and administrative glitches. In 2016-17, 3 lakh pensioners were deleted as “fake”, though many genuine persons, whose pension...

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PIL in HC against govts proposed odd-even curb on vehicles

-PTI New Delhi: A PIL was today moved in the Delhi High Court against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) governments plan to restrict plying of private vehicles having odd and even registration numbers on alternate days from January 1 in the national capital to combat air pollution. The matter was mentioned before a bench of Justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva who listed it for hearing on December 9. The petitioner, Shweta Kapoor,...

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