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Village action plans prepared for Jal Jeevan Mission in Rajasthan

-The Hindu The scheme envisages supply of safe drinking water through tap connections Jaipur: The mandatory action plans for bringing safe drinking water through individual tap connections to all Rural Households under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) have been prepared for about 23,000 villages in Rajasthan. The action plans for other villages will be presented and approved in the Gram Sabhas to be held on October 2. The action plans, to be implemented...

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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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Punjab launches Rs 520 crore debt relief scheme for 2.85 lakh farm labourers, farmers

-The New Indian Express The CM said his govT decided to waive off loans amounting to Rs 520 crores with respect to the principal amount against their cooperative loans as of July 31, 2017. CHANDIGARH: Asserting his continued support to the farmers agitating against the three farm laws, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Friday launched a Rs 520 crore debt relief scheme for 2.85 lakh farm labourers and landless farmers....

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Official data corroborates deepening of livelihood crisis in urban areas during the 2020 nationwide lockdown

The recently released quarterly Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) data broadly confirms the dip in employment and jobs during the countrywide lockdown period, followed by a certain degree of recovery in the post-lockdown months last year as have been indicated by various survey-based studies and research papers. The quarterly bulletin on PLFS provides data on key employment and unemployment indicators i.e. Unemployment Rate (UR), Worker Population Ratio (WPR) and Labour...

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Financial burden of child births is rising in India -- even in free public health facilities -Prem Shankar Mishra and TS Syamala ISEC Bangalore researchers studied NFHS data to find that out-of-pocket expenditure for a normal delivery at a public facility is higher for Rural Households (Rs 5,368) than urban (Rs 4,330). Maternal and child healthcare services in India – including antenatal care, natal care (institutional delivery, or births delivered in a medical facility), postnatal care, and childcare – are meant to be free of cost in public health facilities. Several policies and...

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