INFORMAL WORKERS
Procedures, rules hinder access to social security

There are several government schemes to assist those who've lost their livelihoods from informal jobs, but many eligible workers find it difficult to register for benefits, despite court interventions.

#Labour Issues #Livelihoods #Human Rights #KARNATAKA
GENDERED IMPACTS
Six steps to help poor women during crises

In low-income families, women have faced more vulnerabilities than men during covid. These interventions could form the backbone of a new resilience for them now and in future disasters.

#Livelihoods #Women's Health #Women
SELF-GOVERNANCE
Reversing the gaze on democracy

Can people themselves decide how governments should respond to their needs? Janta ka Faisla asks us to consider how the practice of democracy would look if it began from the most vulnerable citizens. 

#Livelihoods #Urban Poor #Government #OP-ED #CHHATISGARH
COVID IMPACT
How did poor women fare during the pandemic?

A survey of nearly 15,000 women in the aftermath of the pandemic-induced lockdown last year reveals specific ways in which women are particularly vulnerable to risks.

#Livelihoods #Women's Health #Women
COVID IMPACT
Pandemic compounds Adivasis' misery

Scheduled Tribes were marginalised even before Covid-19. Now, in Odisha's tribal districts, they face a worse reality. Livelihoods are vanishing, and health risks loom large.

#Adivasis #Livelihoods #Public Health #ODISHA
COVID LOCKDOWN
Pandemic diary : The scramble

The suddenness of the lockdown left poor people unable to prepare themselves. To survive, they had to leave their homes in search of support, making them vulnerable to more than the virus.

#Livelihoods #Public Health #Urban Poor
ROAD SAFETY
How the poor cope with accidents

Social hierarchies and realities largely determine road crash outcomes. The severity of their impact  is disproportionately borne by the poor, and it puts them at a further disadvantage. 

#Transport #Women
RIGHT TO HOUSING
Urban poor lack a roof over their head

Looking into what’s happening in the State of Karnataka, Kathyayini Chamaraj discusses the housing needs and rights of the urban poor.

#Housing #Urban Poor #Government
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
Chugging along in the name of sustainability
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS : Chugging along in the name of sustainability

Kanchi Kohli raises questions on the Voluntary National Review report which shows India’s efforts to achieve seven of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals.

#Government #Health
ENTERPRISING WOMEN
Weaving harmonious threads of change

Women of a small village in Uttar Pradesh are weaving not just colorful yarn but also communal harmony in their region. Swapna Majumdar reports.

#Women #UTTAR PRADESH
FILM REVIEW
In the aftermath of a hooch tragedy

In a terrible, but not-so-rare tragedy in rural West Bengal, 170 people lost their lives after consuming illicit liquor. But what actually happens after an incident such as this? Cholai, a well-researched black comedy, reveals the moral and social degradation that cuts across spheres, writes Shoma Chatterji.

#Reviews #Society
DIRECT BENEFIT TRANSFER
Ration to cash, a harsh transition
DIRECT BENEFIT TRANSFER : Ration to cash, a harsh transition

In September 2015, the central government announced a pilot programme of providing direct cash transfers in place of food grains in an attempt to reform the Public Distribution System. Centre for Equity Studies (CES) recently conducted a survey of this pilot programme in Chandigarh. Shikha Nehra of CES reports the key findings from the survey.

#Food Security #Government
EYE CAMP FIASCO
Why must only the poor suffer?
EYE CAMP FIASCO : Why must only the poor suffer?

In Barwani, Madhya Pradesh, people lost their sight after botched up cataract surgeries. Was it because the organizers, the medical and paramedical staff of the district hospital did not take necessary steps? Or was the quality of medication used questionable? Or, because the victims are too marginalised and too poor to protest? Asks Shoma Chatterji.

#Public Health #Health #MADHYA PRADESH
UN DEVELOPMENT MANDATE
How sustainable are the SDGs?
UN DEVELOPMENT MANDATE : How sustainable are the SDGs?

Can we look at ending poverty without looking at the structural reasons and dimensions of poverty and inequality? Pradeep Baisakh looks at this and at other objectives within the UN SDG framework and analyses how realistic their achievement would be.

#Agriculture #Environment #Government
RURAL INDIA
The case of sustainable poverty in rural India

In what appears to be a damning indictment of the Five Year Plans, launched in 1951, as well as the economic reforms process that began in 1991, the first ever socio-economic survey has painted a dismal picture of rural India, says Devinder Sharma.

#Devinder Sharma #Livelihoods #OP-ED
TRIBAL WELFARE
All good, but only on paper
TRIBAL WELFARE : All good, but only on paper

An apparently well-intended plan to help very poor tribes in Madhya Pradesh find sustainable livelihoods bears no relation to the reality of how it is actually implemented. Money is simply distributed and disappears, but things remain unchanged. Susmita Guru reports.

#Adivasis #Livelihoods #MADHYA PRADESH
POVERTY
Rethinking food security and hunger

A recent IFPRI report indicates concrete progress by India in the hunger index, while many experts continue to underline unsatisfactory outcomes under GDP-driven growth. Prahlad Shekhawat calls for a new approach to address the real issues that lie somewhere in between.

#Food Security #Economy #Government #OP-ED
DEVELOPMENT & DISPLACEMENT
Three villages that show why land acquisition needs a rethink

Three million forest dwellers in Odisha are estimated to have been displaced since independence by various industrial and hydro-projects, among which the Upper Indiravati Hydro Project is one. Abhijit Mohanty brings us the story of three tribal settlements uprooted by it.

#Displacement #Land #ODISHA
TALES FROM THE STREET
The invisible makers of the city
TALES FROM THE STREET : The invisible makers of the city

Homeless, vulnerable and deprived of any form of social security, street dwellers often provide critical services, helping to sustain themselves and the city. Pushpa Achanta meets some of them in Bengaluru to know more about their existence.

#Displacement #Livelihoods #Urban Poor
KELKAR COMMITTEE REPORT ON MAHARASHTRA
Pursuing development: The perils of the beaten track
KELKAR COMMITTEE REPORT ON MAHARASHTRA : Pursuing development: The perils of the beaten track

The report of the Kelkar Committee on balanced development in Maharashtra has important recommendations. But will it all come to nought because of its failure to avoid some conventional pitfalls? Shripad Dharmadhikary explores.

#Water #Agriculture #Economy #Government #MAHARASHTRA
BLOG: RESISTANCE & RECONSTRUCTION
Will 2015 be a year of hope?
BLOG: RESISTANCE & RECONSTRUCTION : Will 2015 be a year of hope?

Will the synergies between the politics of resistance and grassroots initiatives towards reconstruction of the damages wrought by ‘development’ be reaped effectively enough in the year ahead? That is what Ashish Kothari will track in his new blog.

#Justice System #Environment #Government #Human Rights #Ecommentary
DEVELOPMENT DEFICIT
“We don’t need toilets, give us electricity and water”

Total Sanitation Campaign, MGNREGS and other government schemes are unheard of among villagers at Dinesh Nagar, Assam who live with a perennial lack of food, pure water, and health amenities. Nilotpal Bhattacharjee wonders if they will ever find deliverance from despair.

#Food Security #Government #Human Rights
ALTERNATIVE ENERGY
‘Lighting up’ the lives of the poor

A renewable energy project covering three of Odisha’s most backward villages has gone beyond the immediate promise of providing electricity, bringing about perceptible and deeper changes in the quality of lives of the local people. Abhijit Mohanty reports on the project.

#Energy #Government #ODISHA

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