Bihar, where poverty alleviation programmes hardly work: It’s all about picking the low hanging fruits

By Rohit Rakshit* Imagine yourself living in a remote village for ages located inside dense forests, in the 21st century, without any basic amenities such as proper roads, health care, education facilities and safe drinking water. The nearest primary school is located at a distance of seven kilometers and you have to pass through a … Continue reading Bihar, where poverty alleviation programmes hardly work: It’s all about picking the low hanging fruits

Time to reduce people’s sufferings by improving performance of India’s institutions

By Sudhansu R Das The majority of the Indians will overcome their sufferings if the social, educational, cultural and political institutions in India groom children to become morally and physically strong youth with finer human emotions like love, fellow feelings, kindness, courage and conviction. Those youth will be capable of reducing people’s sufferings through innovations, … Continue reading Time to reduce people’s sufferings by improving performance of India’s institutions

Why free financial market is the only way to escape poverty

By Someshwar Nayak* One way out to escape poverty is to push people somewhat ahead of poverty trap cycle, so that they can easily escape out of such cycle. So what's the reason that we are still lingering over such vicious cycle? One basic and robustly driven reason among plethora of reasons is central planning … Continue reading Why free financial market is the only way to escape poverty

RTI reveals data discrepancy in ex-gratia payment to 20 crore+ women under PM Garib Kalyan Yojana

By Venkatesh Nayak* Readers will recall the 26th March, 2020 announcement of the Union Finance Ministry, providing details of the COVID-19 relief package- Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY). PMGKY contained several measures aimed at mitigating the impact of the first nation-wide lockdown on vulnerable and disadvantaged segments of society. Perhaps the single largest component of PMGKY was the … Continue reading RTI reveals data discrepancy in ex-gratia payment to 20 crore+ women under PM Garib Kalyan Yojana

Implications of COVID-19 for migration and displacement: Food security trends in major hotspots

A joint study by the World Food Programme and the International Organization for Migration, “Populations at risk: Implications of COVID-19 for hunger, migration and displacement”, explores the impacts of COVID-19 and related containment measures on migrant workers, remittancedependent households and the forcibly displaced. It assesses the implications of the pandemic for people’s mobility, food security … Continue reading Implications of COVID-19 for migration and displacement: Food security trends in major hotspots

Problems of intergenerational cycle of poverty among the homeless in India

By Achyutha Bandavath* The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) which is adopted by the UN General Assembly defines “‘Homeless’ as those who do not live in a regular residence due to lack of adequate housing, safety, and availability”. (Urban homeless India: Miseries untold and Promises unmet, 2017) The UN Economic and Social Council also … Continue reading Problems of intergenerational cycle of poverty among the homeless in India

Delhi High Court’s directions to ensure food security during Covid-19 crisis

A Delhi Rozi Roti Adhikar Abhiyaan (DRRAA) note on the Delhi High Court’s directions to ensure food security during Covid-19 crisis following the hearing of a (DRRAA) case held on June 11, 2020: The petition filed by the Delhi Rozi Roti Adhikar Abhiyaan (DRRAA) regarding ensuring food security during the Covid-19 lockdown was heard in … Continue reading Delhi High Court’s directions to ensure food security during Covid-19 crisis