Shalini Nair

Articles By Shalini Nair

Rural distress: Last year of Govt saw highest demand for MNREGA jobs in 8 yrs

In 2014-15, the first year under of the NDA government when Prime Minister Narendra Modi had dismissed MGNREGA as “the living monument of UPA’s failure’, the person-days generated was just 166 crore.

Ministry issues guidelines for real estate retirement home projects

The guidelines released on Wednesday will be issued to all States and Union territories so that they can incorporate the necessary changes in their respective laws.

Centre to states: Use SECC to take manual scavengers into rural skilling programmes

The SECC has identified a total of 1.82 lakh households where at least one person is employed in manual scavenging in rural India, numbers which have been dismissed as gross underestimate by organisations working in the area.

Two years after its term ended, Centre proposes to form new backward classes commission

According to sources, the proposal to establish the commission as well as names of those who will constitute the NCBC has been sent to President Ram Nath Kovind's for approval.

Woman at Dignity March assaulted in UP village

The woman, along with her husband, had returned to the village on Saturday, a day after the march culminated in Delhi. They took part in the march for their minor daughter, a rape survivor.

Let women who don’t want to complain to ICC go to NCW: Panel

The GoM, headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, was announced on October 24 last year, to examine the legal and institutional frameworks for addressing the issue of sexual harassment of women at the workplace.

In Delhi today: Over 5,000 survivors of sexual assault

Some spark a movement at the click of a keypad. Others trudge 10,000 km across the country for their stories to be heard, stories that were largely left out of India’s #MeToo movement.

Interim Budget: MGNREGA estimate less than 2018-19 expenditure

Activists say the lower provision does not augur well for the scheme, which is already beset by a near stagnation in wages.

Budget 2019: For unorganised sector, Rs 3,000 monthly pension

Goyal also announced a “substantial increase” in the Budget Estimate for welfare of SC and ST communities — an increase of 35 per cent and 28 per cent, respectively.

Govt to identify denotified, nomadic tribes not classified as SC, ST or OBC

As per the report prepared by the National Commission on DNT, NT, SNT headed by Bhiku Ramji Idate, over 260 extremely marginalised communities have never been identified or included in any of the reserved categories.

NREGA may provide way to tackle crop burning, says chief ministers’ panel

The sub-group of chief ministers headed by former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was formed to look at ways to converge the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) with agricultural policy.

10% quota for EWS: States can go past Rs 8 lakh annual income criteria

It also allows states to notify EWS “from time to time on the basis of family income and other indicators of economic disadvantage” even if they are “adequately represented” in government jobs.

Sinho Commission 2010 report govt cited to push 10% never spoke of EWS quota

The report noted that economic criteria cannot be the indicator for identifying backward classes for reservation and that EWS can be identified by states “for extending welfare measures only”.

Report cited by govt for 10% quota ruled out use of creamy layer as cut-off for EWS

The 124th Constitutional Amendment Bill for granting 10 per cent EWS reservation was passed by both Houses of Parliament this week but several members and political parties raised the issue of how the Rs 8-lakh cut-off subverts the principle of social justice.

Amid demands for more reservation, OBC picture unclear

The Mandal Commission report of 1980 estimated the OBC population at 52 per cent based on the 1931 Census. The National Sample Survey Organisation data of 2006 shows the OBC population at 41 per cent, but it was only an estimate based on sample data.

Eyes on polls, Cabinet approves 10% quota for ‘economically weaker’ General category

Unlike the reservation for SC/ST/OBCs, caste is not going to be a criterion for eligibility to the reservation under this new provision.

Government plans Bill to crack down on NRIs deserting wives

In 2018, Punjab at 95 cases had the maximum such cases followed by Delhi at 85 cases and Uttar Pradesh at 82, as per data with the NCW’s NRI complaints cell.

Child abuse: More death penalty, longer jail terms

WCD Ministry officials said that the amendment was necessary as POCSO, unlike the Indian Penal Code (IPC), is a gender-neutral law that protects both boys and girls under the age of 18.

Under-reporting manual scavengers: Asked to verify, states turn 55,000 to 25,000

In the recent exercise, state governments, tasked with verifying 54,929 manual scavengers identified across 170 select districts in stage one of the counting process, have confirmed involvement of only 25,015 people in the job in the final verification stage.

Transgender Persons Bill: In Rajya Sabha, Opposition likely to demand scrutiny by Select Committee

In the Lok Sabha, the Bill was passed with 27 amendments introduced by the government. All the amendments moved by Opposition members were rejected.

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