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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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MoST households in rural Bihar faced livelihood crisis during the first wave of COVID-19, reveals a recent study

The pandemic's first wave had a devastating impact on the livelihoods of rural workers in Bihar (including the self-employed) last year, according to a survey based research, jointly done by economists from Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability at Monash University, Australia and the New Delhi-based Institute for Human Development. A recent press note issued by the authors of the study shows that almost 94.4 percent of the households participating...

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Oxfam report highlights sharp inequalities in health indicators

-The Hindu General category is better off than the SCs and STs, it says Sharp inequalities exist across different caste, religious, class and gender categories on various health indicators, according to a report by Oxfam India. The report titled “India Inequality Report 2021: India’s Unequal Healthcare Story” shows that the “general category is better off than the SCs and STs, Hindus are better off than Muslims, the rich are better off than the...

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India's health inequality made worse by reduced health budget: Oxfam report -Veenu Sandhu

-Business Standard Oxfam India's inequality report draws attention to the county's unequal healthcare story hit further by Covid-19 When it comes to healthcare, people in general category are better off than Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) households; Hindus are better off than Muslims; the rich do better than the poor; men are better off than women; and the urban population fares better than the rural. These are the findings of Oxfam...

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The pandemic in data: How Covid-19 has devastated India’s economy -Swati Dhingra & Maitreesh Ghatak The sharp drop in GDP is the largest in the country’s history – and even that may well underestimate the economic damage experienced by the pooreST households. From April to June 2020, India’s GDP dropped by a massive 24.4%. According to the latest national income estimates, in the second quarter of the 2020-’21 financial year (July-September 2020), the economy contracted by a further 7.4%, with the third and fourth quarters (October...

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