Several expert committees have been constituted in the past for proposing a conceptual framework and empirical procedure for determining the poverty line. Yet, an acceptable methodology remains elusive for identifying the most vulnerable and deserving segments of population for effective policy intervention.
The Ministry of Earth Sciences’ ongoing Cloud Aerosol Interaction and Precipitation Enhancement Experiment (CAIPEEX) is proving to be a welcome method for mitigating extreme drought conditions. It will also pave the way for a new cloud seeding protocol that can be followed in keeping with Indian conditions in future.
The Ministry of Earth Sciences is in the process of acquiring aircraft for scientific research under the National Facility for Airborne Research (NFAR) programme. Aurangabad airport will be equipped with the repair and maintenance facilities for the aircraft and its scientific equipment.
As per the ‘State of the World‘s Children 2015’ report published by United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the level of children who are underweight, stunted and wasted are 44, 48 and 20 per cent respectively. However, this Report is based on 2005-06 data of National Family Health Survey-III conducted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Further, in the Rapid Survey of Children (RSoC) conducted by Ministry of Women and Child Development (MoWCD) in association...
New Delhi, December 16 (G’nY News Service): The 2015 Human Development Report of the UNDP has placed India in the medium human development category with a HDI (Human Development Index) value at 0.609, ranking it 130 out of 188 countries and territories. This is 5 notches higher than the previous year. Barring Sri Lanka, which is ranked 73, and placed in the high human development category, most of India’s neighbours figure low in their HDI. In the Gender Inequality Index (GII),...
The Special Economic Zones Policy was announced in April 2000 with the objective of making the special economic zones (SEZs) an engine for economic growth, supported by quality infrastructure and an attractive fiscal package both at the central and state level with a single window clearance. The SEZ concept recognises the issues related to holistic economic development and provides for development of self sustaining industrial townships so that the increased economic activity does not create pressure...
Tribes are marginalised to make way for the well-being of the economically and politically stronger. However, the neo-liberal regime has ensured that these communities are pushed into near obliteration as their livelihoods are sacrificed for the ‘national interest’.
The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme even when moderately successful, has been the harbinger of a major change in the lives of the rural underprivileged. Distress migration has ceased, and marginal farmers have started earning substantially from their produce.
In a representative democracy, leadership holds the key to emancipation of the poor and marginalised. However, the challenge lies in making these communities assertive enough to work systematically in the democratic space available to them.
Notwithstanding the most comprehensive E-governance policy in India, Maharashtra faces several roadblocks to full digitisation. Power outages, cable thefts, and an ambiguous position as regards computer operators prevent villages getting the full benefit of E-panchayats.