Penalizing for poverty: Govt banks should stop extorting money in the name of minimum balance

A civil society note signed* by several prominent organizations and individuals: It was highly shocking to learn that State Bank of India (SBI) had levied Rs 1,771 crores between April and November 2017 as charges from customers who did not maintain their minimum monthly average balance (MAB) in their accounts. To put the numbers in … More Penalizing for poverty: Govt banks should stop extorting money in the name of minimum balance

Etwariya’s starvation death in Jharkhand village as family couldn’t cook, there was no grain in house

A fact-finding team consisting of Mithilesh Kumar, Jahur Ansari and Siraj Dutta, on behalf of the Right to Food Campaign, Jharkhand, visited Sonpurwa village, Majhiaon block, Garhwa, Jharkhand, on December 28, 2017 to inquire into the starvation death of Etwariya Devi. Text of the report by the team: Etwariya Devi, a 67 years old widow, … More Etwariya’s starvation death in Jharkhand village as family couldn’t cook, there was no grain in house

Jharkhand widow died of starvation as food ration, pension denied to her due to Aadhaar-related issues

A fact-finding team of the Right to Food Campaign, Jharkhand, visited Korta village, Danda Gram Panchayat, Danda block, Garhwa, Jharkhand, 4-5 December 2017 to inquire into the report on Premani Kunwar’s death on December 1 due to starvation. Members of the investigating team included Mithilesh Kumar, Jawahar Mehta, Ravinder Bhuiyan, Sakina, Sarfaraz, Siraj. Text of … More Jharkhand widow died of starvation as food ration, pension denied to her due to Aadhaar-related issues

Recognise poor as clients or users, not passive recipients of charity, to give chance to end poverty

By Moin Qazi* Poverty won’t allow him to lift up his head; dignity won’t allow him to bow it down — Malagasy Proverb The global battle against poverty has acquired a new dimension this year with Pope Francis declaring   19 November 2017 as the First World Day of the Poor. Hereafter it will be observed … More Recognise poor as clients or users, not passive recipients of charity, to give chance to end poverty

No one should be lulled into believing that microfinance is a cure-all for global poverty

By Moin Qazi* Access to right financial tools at critical moments can determine whether a poor household is able to capture an opportunity to move out of poverty or absorb a shock without being pushed deeper into debt. When microfinance made its first appearance, everyone was infatuated by its narrative:  Those on the left loved … More No one should be lulled into believing that microfinance is a cure-all for global poverty

Take a bold decision to ensure that water needs of Bundelkhand are met fully before a dry spell

Is there an alternative to the Ken-Betwa project?, wonders Dr. Brij Gopal, Coordinator, Centre for Inland Waters in South Asia, in an open letter to Uma Bharti, Minister for Water Resources. Text: I greatly admire your sincere and deep concern for the rivers in India, and particularly for Mother Ganga, as well as for the … More Take a bold decision to ensure that water needs of Bundelkhand are met fully before a dry spell