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Maternity entitlements are neglected in states like Jharkhand, M.P. and U.P., reveals JABS survey (2019)

The National Food Security Act 2013 guarantees maternity benefit to the tune of Rs. 6,000/- per child by the Central Government for pregnant women and lactating mothers, barring those who are already availing such benefits while being in regular employment with the Central Government or State Governments or Public Sector Undertakings or under other laws. The NFSA 2013 also legally guarantees free meal for every pregnant woman and lactating mother...

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Promise and pitfalls of new labour deal -Amir Ullah Khan

-Livemint.com * Some labour code changes are already in effect in Rajasthan and Gujarat. They offer a glimpse of what may unfold * It may be more relevant to look at the model put in place by states which went down this path several years ago: Rajasthan and Gujarat. The early indications are not very encouraging HYDERABAD: The new labour laws are meant to make doing business easier in India. Naturally, the industry...

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Poorest of poor and uneducated women left behind in ICDS

-The Hindu New Delhi: Anganwadi services have a poor reach among key beneficiaries – the poorest of the poor and uneducated mothers – according to a paper published in a WHO bulletin recently. The government’s Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) provides a package of six services at anganwadi or child-care centres to young children and pregnant women and lactating mothers. These services include supplementary nutrition, referral services, immunisation, health check-up, pre-school non-formal...

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Government plans lower I-T slab, free Health check-ups for women -Mahendra K Singh

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: Acknowledging that women are a disadvantaged section despite comprising nearly half of the population of the country, the Centre is considering lowering income tax for single women, introducing Aadhaar-linked health cards for free basic Health check-ups for women and cashless medical service for those who are pregnant. A national policy for women, framed by a group of ministers headed by external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, is...

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More visually-impaired children now going to schools: Study -Isha Jain

-The Times of India LUCKNOW: There was a 17.36% rise in enrolment of visually challenged children in schools between 2002 and 2009, NCERT's eighth all-India school education survey has revealed. With 40,635 students, Maharashtra had the highest number of visually challenged students in schools, followed by the country's most literate state Kerala with 38,230 students. The survey revealed that visually impaired accounted for 29.16% of the differently abled students in the country. There...

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