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Gaon Connection Survey: Rural India faced insurmountable sufferings during COVID-19 Lockdown; 74% of respondents satisfied with Modi government

-Gaon Connection Gaon Connection brings to you the unseen face of the other India – rural India – with the first-of-its-kind national survey on the impact of the COVID-19 Lockdown on rural India. In a first-of-its-kind national survey on the impact of the COVID-19 Lockdown on rural India, Gaon Connection, India’s largest rural media platform, has documented the untold miseries rural citizens faced during the Lockdown, ranging from mounting debts, increasing hunger,...

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As India Crosses Two Lakh COVID-19 Cases, Doubts Over Underreporting Continue Various opposition parties have used the rising number of cases to question the Modi government's handling of the pandemic. Bengaluru/ New Delhi: India’s tally of the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country breached the psychologically significant two-million mark on August 6. At 10 am on the Union health ministry’s website, the total number of cases amounted to 2,027,074. Of this, 607,384 – nearly 30% – are currently active while...

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With MGNREGA’s help

-The Indian Express It has helped mitigate increased rural distress due to Covid. Now, focus on getting people back to normal work The MGNREGA has created 153.16 crore person-days of employment during April-July. Not only is this way higher than the 107.24 person-days for the corresponding four months of last fiscal, but also significant compared to the 267.96 crore and 265.35 crore person-days generated in the whole of 2018-19 and 2019-20, respectively....

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Right to Food Campaign urges the Hon’ble Minister for Women & Child Development to restart ICDS for children and pregnant and lactating women

-Press release by Right to Food Campaign, dated August 6th, 2020 The Right to Food Campaign has sent a memorandum to the Hon'ble Minister of Women and Child Development Ms. Smriti Zubin Irani demanding to restart the hot cooked meal and Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme. It may be noted that most services for women and children have been shut down since March this year i.e. since the time when...

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PM-KISAN is not reaching all farmer households as intended -Bornali Bhandari, Santanu Pramanik and Sonalde Desai

-The Indian Express Given this uncertainty over the reach of PM-KISAN and its targeting, the relevance of the scheme needs to be carefully evaluated during this period. The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) is the first universal basic income-type of scheme targeted towards landed farmers. It was introduced in December 2018 to manage agricultural stress. Initially, the scheme was targeted at small and medium landed farmers, but with the declining growth...

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