While the state government lost no time in banning a book on the grounds that it portrayed the Santhal women in a bad light, it has done little to solve the issues of unemployment and widespread hunger plaguing the community.
The quotation published in a newspaper ad is misleading and mischievous. It is erroneous and puts words in Gandhi’s mouth that are not his.
While some people allege they have been excluded from the MGNREGA system altogether because their Aadhaar cards weren’t linked, others say wages are going into wrong accounts because of incorrect seeding.
While transaction costs have increased in the PDS and vulnerable people are being left out of the government pension system after Aadhaar linkage, the benefits aren’t clearly visible.
Police sources told IANS that Alimuddin alias Asgar Ansari was carrying the “banned meat” in a Maruti van
Hashmi went to the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) to hand over the award conferred to her in 2008, citing “total inaction, apathy and tacit support to the violent gangs by the government” as the reason.
In Mahuadand, a town in western Jharkhand, MNREGA contractors’ crimes are seen to stem from their religion, not from their trade.
According to Ainul Ansari’s family, he was carrying mutton, not beef.
Many think of coal when talking of Barkagaon, but the region also has something else to offer – a rich cultural history.
While civil society activists say journalistic malpractice fuelled the recent mob lynching, the media has blamed the police’s lack of timely intervention.
Cultural transformations and a growing fear of socio-economic alienation are breeding a deep sense of social angst among adivasis against those perceived as ‘outsiders’.
Most technocratic interventions introduced in MGNREGA appear to be designed to aid administrators rather than for actually helping workers.
Beneficiaries of government pension schemes are burdened with issues like irregular pension payments, high collection costs and discontinuation of pensions due to Aadhaar-related issues.
Vote counting for ten assembly constituencies in eight states – Delhi, Karnataka, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Assam and Madhya Pradesh – is currently underway.
Land right activists claim that recent amendments make it easier for land sharks to grab tribal land.
Media reports in support of Aadhaar claiming that lakhs of ‘ghost students’ avail midday meals are based on unverified claims, not serious investigation.
Besides the exclusion of a large number of eligible beneficiaries, there is also no rationale for the pension amount paid or a mechanism for its revision.
Residents of Hesatu village have raised a thriving forest over 365 acres of wasteland without intervention from the state or civil society organisations.
A survey of daily wage labourers in Ranchi and surrounding rural areas shows that demonetisation was more than a short-lived shock for the informal sector.
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The state’s home department has written a letter to the chief minister’s office alleging that the NGOs have misused their welfare funds for religious conversions.
Private hospitals have not been allowed to use the defunct Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, potentially affecting 58% of Indians in rural areas and 68% in urban areas who opt for private healthcare.
By centralising the control of funds, using technology excessively and fixing asset creation targets, the Centre has effectively taken ownership of the scheme away from gram panchayats and workers in Jharkhand.
A lack of jobs and an abundant workforce have meant that the agrarian states of India have become tinderboxes waiting to catch fire.
Ansari’s family has alleged that he was beaten and tortured in police custody. But the police have pointed to records that say he was suffering from encephalitis.
The latest incident of police firing in Karanpura Valley was neither the beginning nor the end of the troubles for the villagers in the area.
The villagers were protesting the acquisition of their land for coal mining by two private sub-contractors for the public sector power company, NTPC.
Section 144 has been imposed in Badkagaon, Hazaribagh after serious casualties occurred in police firing on a local protest against forest land being acquired for coal-mining.
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Bihar’s lawsuit against Jharkhand, termed by the Supreme Court as a “trivial non-dispute”, stands in stark contrast to Delhi’s suit against the Centre under the same article, in which it seeks a change of status from union territory to state.
Dam construction in eastern India to be resumed after forty years, amid violent protests and expert warnings over lack of water and tiger threats.
It is a revelation to see how children adapt to the changing climate and its attendant woes in the eastern states of Bihar and Jharkhand.
Though the National Food Security Act has increased coverage of the public distribution system, a survey in six eastern states finds that there are still gaps to be filled.
Torture and abuse remain a part of daily life for a large number of children in India.
“Then I realised what the cries were. They were not war cries. They were cries of desperation. They were cries of hope. They were cries of solidarity giving some strength to the people whose houses were being demolished…”
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NCM members found that the police ignored several complaints from the Muslim community against local cow vigilante groups
As the drought continues and temperatures soar, this map shows how different parts of the country are affected.
“The government must be really short of money if it is unable to raise NREGA wages to the minimum wage, that too when one third of the rural population is affected by drought,” a letter from the workers says.
Getting a godna, a tattoo on her forehead and cheeks, is an initiation for young tribal women in Jharkhand. It’s a vanishing practice, however, described in this excerpt from Nidhi Dugar’s new book.