Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Haj wasn't the only subsidy, Govt of India must come clean on all religious spendings: Gujarat minority rights body

By Our Representative
Following the Government of India decision to stop Haj Subsidy to Muslims, a minority rights organization has, in a letter to Union home minister Rajnath Singh, sought a white paper from the Government of India (GoI) on the types of subsidies being offered to different religious organizations.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

In PM's home district Mehsana, 20% teens, age 14-18, "not enrolled", one of the highest in India; 55% are wage earners

 Percent working children, age 14-18, India average
By Rajiv Shah
The new Annual Status of Education Report (ASER 2017: Beyond Basics), an annual survey carried by the high profile NGO Pratham, has found that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home district Mehsana has a whopping 20.3% children in the age group 14-18, who are not enrolled in either school or college.

Job creation: Top ex-Modi adviser wants India to shed Reliance model, bats against minimum wage requirement

By Our Representative
Top Indian American economist, Prof Arvind Panagariya, who resigned as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's top man in the Government of India’s think-tank Niti Ayog, has controversially said that India does not need Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) type of model, which are not job-intensive.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Jharkhand starvation deaths: Result of fake savings by cancelling jobs, ration cards, pensions not linked to aadhaar

By Our Representative
Amidst news of yet another starvation death in Jharkhand (click HERE), the Right to Food Campaign, Jharkhand, has said that recent investigations by it has revealed “a clear and disturbing pattern” of the manner in which aadhaar has ended up excluding people from rations, pensions and jobs, generating “fake savings” in the bargain.

Seventh starvation death in Jharkhand: Budhni didn't have aadhaar, ration card; her Indira Awas house has no roof

By Our Representative
In yet another gruesome incident in Jharkhand, a 40-year-old tribal woman has reportedly died of starvation in Sewatand village of Giridih district. The woman has been identified as Budhni Soren. A widow, she is survived by her daughter Sunita, and seven-year-old son, who happened to be the only family member living with her. Budhni was not getting any ration, as leave aside Aadhaar, she did not even have a ration card.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Where will the shit go? Ask Gujarat villagers owning "fake" toilets built without drainage under Swacch Bharat Mission

Unused toilet block in Sagtala village without drainage
By Pankti Jog*
What will be your reaction, if one fine morning you get to know that the toilet in your house is listed to be built with the support of government subsidy, that too under the Below Poverty Line (BPL) category? What one might think as a silly joke is a reality for the residents of Dhangadhra city in Surendranagar district of Gujarat.

Aadhaar has prompted fears of state surveillance on individual privacy, violating human rights: Amnesty, HRW

By Our Representative
Two of the world's top human rights organizations, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (AI and HRW) , in a joint statement, have thrown their weight behind those opposing aadhaar, saying, the Government of India’s "mandatory biometric identification project, aadhaar, could lead to millions of people being denied access to essential services and benefits in violation of their human rights."