Utilising District Mineral Foundation funds to fight the COVID-19 crisis in India: Current and future opportunities

Brookings | Srestha Banerjee | April 6, 2020

In wake the of the growing COVID-19 crisis and the strain on healthcare resources, India’s finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on March 26 announced that District Mineral Foundation (DMF) funds can be used by state governments to augment healthcare. This includes supplementing healthcare facilities, screening and testing requirements, and any other support that might be required. Read more

Central Government unveils Rs 1.70-lakh crore package for poor, farmers

Business Line | March 26, 2020

Doubled food ration, cash transfers through DBT, EPFO contribution among measures; special insurance package for health workers

Thirty-six hours after the 21-day lockdown was announced, the government moved to keep some 80 crore Indians in food, fuel and cash, announcing a ₹1.70-lakh-crore relief package.

Farmers, MGNREGA workers, senior citizens, women and low-wage earners in the organised sector will be the main beneficiaries of the package. Read more

The lion inside the sedition circus

live mint | Sugata Srinivasaraju | March 09, 2020

  • Karnataka filed a slew of sedition cases against protesters in recent weeks. One lawyer is standing up for all of them
  • In all ongoing cases, Venkatesh’s argument is that the defendants were merely expressing dissent. He had to step in as several bar associations refused legal support to the accused

BENGALURU : It has been two-years-and-six-months since Gauri Lankesh, activist and editor of a Kannada weekly, was killed. In the eyes of her assassins, she was a symbol of dissent who frequently crossed the line for two decades—ever since she took over her father’s outrageously bold weekly newspaper. Read more

Protecting children’s right to protest

The Hindu | Feb 18, 2020

There are many legal and social difficulties involved in the Supreme Court’s move to take suo motu cognisance of children taking part in demonstrations in Shaheen Bagh in Delhi. This has a direct impact on children’s right to protest as well as on their mothers’ right to protest, specifically since the enforcement of the National Register of Citizens and the Citizenship (Amendment) Act could render both mother and child stateless. Read more

Yet to reach benchmark

Orissa Post | Sujit Kumar Mishra | Feb 15, 2020

Besides shelters to protect oneself from physical threats and natural occurrences, adequate access to clean fuel, electricity, clean drin king water and sanitation are essentials for public health. The National Family Health Survey (NFHS)–4 studied the status of Odisha on these parameters. Read more

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