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Eminent individuals oppose the appointment of Justice Arun Mishra as Chairperson of NHRC

-Press release by People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) dated 2nd June, 2021 We, the members of various Human Rights Organisations and Concerned individuals, condemn the appointment of former SC Judge, Shri Arun Kumar Mishra, as the next Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of India by the selection Committee headed by the Prime Minister. What is troubling  is that the decision to appoint Justice Arun Kumar Mishra as NHRC...

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Overcoming the pandemic’s challenge requires an economic policy reset -Roshan Kishore

-Hindustan Times A long-term look at this government’s economic policies suggests that for it to even consider a response the demand demand for a strong and equitable fiscal stimulus will require a reset of the existing economic policy framework There is now widespread consensus that the second wave of Covid-19 will worsen India’s demand side problem. Even though there is no official data to prove this, most experts and private estimates suggest...

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Govt. has an active role to play during the pandemic in terms of nutritional support, education & jobs, says IFPRI report

A recent report by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) states that the countrywide lockdown imposed on 25th March, 2020, which was extended for nearly two months in phases, affected the food and nutritional status of vulnerable sections of the Indian population. It says that a programme like the Mid-Day Meal Scheme covers four-fifth of primary-school-aged children in the country that helps in improving not only nutrition but also...

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Covid-19 and the disease of Inequality -Yamini Aiyar

-Hindustan Times The second wave will deepen Inequality. Expand support to states, universalise PDS, and ramp up MGNREGS now Abandoned by the State that insisted on locking down, refusing to recognise the damage done to their livelihoods, India’s workers asserted their rights and made themselves heard by walking home in March 2020. The long march home was emblematic of the suffering and hardship unleashed by the first wave. A year later, it is...

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Towards a more equitable post-pandemic growth -S Mahendra Dev

-The Indian Express Vaccination, expansion in rural healthcare and cash transfers should be part of the strategy to boost demand and address inequalities. The second wave of the pandemic is receding although it continues to have a significant adverse impact on lives, livelihoods and the economy. Meanwhile, the threat of a third wave is looming large. The impact of the pandemic on the economy is expected to be lower this time as...

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