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Why is it difficult for children from underprivileged sections of the society to get their lessons online? Read this new report.

Remote teaching and learning promoted by Edtech companies as an alternative to physical classrooms, especially since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, may have a sizeable consumer base in our country. However, at the bottom of the pyramid, there are only a few takers of online education. In reality, class and caste-divide, which is more prominent in rural areas, affects access to digital learning. The majority of the school going...

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Central must connect all states to food scheme for robust PDS: Parliamentary Standing Committee -Raju Sajwan

-Down to Earth Only 15 states procure rice, 8 procure wheat as part of decentralised distribution scheme  Only 23 states have implemented the Decentralized Procurement Scheme (DCP) so far — 15 to procure rice and eight to procure wheat — despite the scheme being in place for 23 years.   This was flagged by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (Standing Committee) in a realease dated August 13,...

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Hunger Amidst Plenty—Tragedy Continues 75 Years After Independence -Subodh Varma As India celebrates its 75th Independence Day, there is a record harvest of Foodgrains; but why are so many people hungry? India has reaped an all-time high food grain harvest for 2020-21 of nearly 309 million tonnes (MT), or nearly 31 crore tonnes, according to latest estimates by the agriculture ministry. This was propelled by record harvests of wheat (109.5 MT), rice (122.3 MT), nutri/coarse cereals (51.2 MT) and pulses (25.7...

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Out of nearly 2,000 people, 65% had no job in April and May, shows CPI(M) survey

-The Hindu CPI (M) report on imapct of 2nd wave across NCR The Delhi unit of CPI(M) on Friday released a report on the impact of the second COVID wave in Delhi-NCR. The survey showed that despite the additional ration entitlement announced by the government, 27% of the households got less than 5 kg ration per person in May this year. The survey also said out of 1,917 respondents across the Capital and...

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Jobs Lost, Dip in Income: Survey of Delhi Workers During Second Wave Paints Grim Picture Conducted by the Delhi unit of the CPI(M) in the first two weeks of June this year, the survey reinforced the demand for schemes involving cash transfer and guaranteed employment in the national capital. A survey of the working masses in Delhi, conducted in the aftermath of the second COVID-19 wave earlier this year, has painted a stark picture of its impact on resident’s livelihoods, thereby reinforcing the demand for schemes...

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