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  • India has many reasons to be concerned about climate change. Its large population depends upon climate-sensitive sectors such as agriculture and forestry for its livelihood. By the mid-century, annual average river runoff and water availability are projected to increase by 10-40% at high latitudes a...
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  • Additional Rs 40,000 crore allocated to MGNREGA In a bid to provide work to migrants returning from cities to villages, the Finance Ministry has provided an additional Rs 40,000 crore to the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) for 2020-21. With this, the scheme alloc...
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  • Nearly 260 million Indian could be pushed to poverty due to Covid-19: Researchers According to the United Nations and Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), the economic fallout owing to coronavirus could push at least 260 million people in the country into poverty. As the virus co...
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  • With an attempt to contain the spread of deadly Covid-19, Indian government had announced a complete nation-wide lockdown from March 25 onwards. For the first time, the provisions of the National Disaster Management Act, 2005, were invoked since the law came into being after the 2004 tsunami. The Na...
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  • The ‘Managing Aquifer Recharge and Sustaining Groundwater Use through Village-level Intervention’ (MARVI) project is being undertaken since February 2012 with the overall aim to improve the security of irrigation water supplies and enhance livelihood opportunities for rural communities in India....
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  • The study, ‘Covid-19 induced lockdown - How is hinterland coping’, based on a large survey undertaken by a consortium of civil society organisations undertook a rapid assessment of the impact of series of lockdowns on rural poor households. Of the many coping mechanisms, the most prominent was t...
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  • Covid-19 pandemic has unleashed multiple challenges in different geographies, especially for the vulnerable groups living in areas that already have existing issues of water and food security. India Natural Resource Economics and Management (INREM) Foundation has worked in such areas for many y...
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  • Water storage level 76 percent more than last year: CWC According to the Central Water Commission's (CWC) weekly bulletin, as on 6 May, 2020, live water storage in 123 reservoirs in India was 68.04 billion cubic metre (BCM) which is 75.6 percent from the corresponding period of last year. Moreover,...
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  • Jharkhand government launches three schemes to revive rural economy under the MGNREGA In a bid to revive the rural economy that has been affected by the lockdown owing to COVID-19 pandemic, the Jharkhand government has launched three schemes under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee ...
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  • When migrants headed home after Covid-19 lockdown 1.0, Sarojini was suddenly caught off-guard. She decided against moving, after an initial urge to leave for her village in Samastipur, Bihar. Her two sons stay with her at Delhi, doing daily wage labour work, while she works as a domestic help. After...
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  • The global crisis due to Covid-19 has hit India after coursing through western Europe. India’s response to curtail the spread of the disease was quite decisive. It announced a Janata curfew on March 22, followed by a complete national lockdown from the midnight of March 24. This, however, exp...
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  • The exodus of migrant workers from urban areas back to their villages in the wake of country wide lockdown has brought rural poverty into sharp focus. Reconstruction of rural economy therefore needs policy and planning attention. Community economy is a branch of rural economy and among other ways of...
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  • Covid-19 will have major implications in rural areas where the Foundation for Ecological Security (FES), a non-profit organisation has been working towards conservation of natural resources through collective action of local communities. Experience indicates that the complete lockdown to contain the...
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  • As India continues to unravel the actual scale of economic impacts in a world infested by the dangerous Covid-19 virus, lingering images of daily wage labourers and migrant workers attempting a near impossible walk home have been etched in public consciousness. Lives and livelihoods of these laboure...
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  • Under JJM, Centre to ensure safe drinking water and scale up activities during monsoon The Centre has advised states to use 25 percent of annual allocation, termed as flexi-funds, under Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) for implementing measures including chemical treatment of water so as to ensure safe dri...
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  • Reshamben, Manguben and Naseemben, strong women leaders of Vanita Shakti Mahila Sangathan and Ekta Mahila Sangathan, have always argued that government ration shops under the public distribution system should purchase all essential foodgrains from the local area, to the extent possible. “Why shou...
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  • Raj Kumar, 32, a daily wager employed at a factory in Delhi had barely a thousand rupees in his wallet when he readied to rush back to his village in Halia block of Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh. On a normal April afternoon, he took the highway that leads to his district hearing about the 21-day lockdown....
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  • In the last one week of starting its humanitarian relief response to fight coronavirus, Oxfam India along with its partners have provided dry ration to around 40,000 poor people, cooked meals served to nearly 40,000 migrant labourers, distributed 2660 safety kits to frontline workers and reached 4.5...
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  • This primer provides the basics related to most aspects of faecal sludge and septage management. Please click on a topic to view more detailed information. What is faecal sludge and septage management? What is the difference between greywater and blackwater? What is the difference between sewage,...
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  •   With Covid-19 spreading its wings across the world, the impact on quality of life and access to basic human rights will be felt exceedingly more in the global south. It is the nature of disasters, to bare the inherent socio-economic inequities in societies, that are invisibilized during ...
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NREGA should move towards becoming an open-ended entitlement that allows every individual to work for at least 200 days, as per PAEG.

As per the findings of an NREGA tracker launched by the People’s Action for Employment Guarantee (PAEG) the lockdown saw a record spike in jobs under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).

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Flood batters three northeast states, Assam worst affected

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NGT slams centre over groundwater extraction in dry areas

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India stands to lose its demographic dividend irreversibly during the pandemic if immediate steps are not taken.

The Covid-19 pandemic has amplified the challenges to the youth as regards employment opportunities. The policy steps taken by the government have led to a slowdown in economic activities, leading to loss of jobs and mass unemployment. According to the report, ‘Covid-19 and the world of work’ by the International Labour Organisation around 94 percent of the world’s workers are living in countries with some sort of workplace closure measures in place.

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There is an urgent need for a comprehensive National Employment Policy based on responsive real-time data analysis integrating sectors amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), about 63 countries across the globe have prepared National Development Framework or National Employment Policy (NEP) to decide the roadmap for employment generation mainly after the global financial crisis, 2008.

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Incessant rains in Terai region of Bihar and Nepal causes floods in North Bihar as many rivers rise above the danger mark.

Due to intermittent rains in the Terai region of Bihar and Nepal, the water level of Mahananda, Kosi, Kamla and Bagmati rivers of North Bihar is continuously increasing and flood conditions have started to build in the region.

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As flood situation hits the state, the government is working towards taking people to safer places and preparing itself for the rescue efforts.

Due to incessant rains, many rivers in Bihar are in spate and there is a situation of floods in the state. Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department has forecasted heavy rains for the next two-three days, which may worsen the situation.

Heavy rains predicted

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Small water enterprises cannot rely on the earlier models of operations due to diminishing CSR funds in the light of the pandemic.

Understanding the drivers and key risks for the private sector is of critical importance in their engagement in owning, operating, and managing safe water supply through small water enterprises.

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To ensure year-round availability of drinking water for the Baigas, an initiative bring back springs to life in the region through community participation.

Nested amongst the Satprura hills lies Kapoti, a village in the Dindori district of Madhya Pradesh. This region is known as Baiga Chak and is inhabited by Baigas, a vulnerable tribal group. Following a simple lifestyle, Baigas have been a self-provisioning, self-determining and nearly self-sufficient community residing in the resource rich highland forest regions in small hamlets for generations. The dense forest, its flora and fauna and water are the main sources of sustenance for this community.

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This year, along with working at the grass root level to deal with floods, the Bihar government is also focussing on the full use of state-of-the-art technologies.

#HelloWRD: A social media campaign

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