An international conference on "mountain people adapting to change" kicked off in Kathmandu Sunday, aiming at providing a platform to discuss best ways to help mountain communities to deal with adverse impacts of climate change.
Delhi government will track the trucks carrying foodgrains with the help of Global Positioning System (GPS) and Radio-frequency identification (RFID) devices to curb the menace of diversion of rations meant for lakhs of families which are below the poverty line.
An amount of Rs 66.22 crore was used under the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Viwah Shagun Yojana to facilitate the marriage of 26,501 women living below the poverty line this fiscal, a state minister said on Wednesday.
The Lok Sabha was adjourned today
following uproar over the fresh poverty estimates released by
the Planning Commission which pegged the poverty line at Rs
28.65 per capita daily consumption in cities.
Expressing concern over the Centre`s
proposed norms for assessment of poverty line, Uttar Pradesh
Chief Minister Mayawati on Monday asked Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh to reconsider the same and increase the limit.
The ongoing enumeration for a socio-economic census in the country will not be affected by the poverty line cut-off spelled out by the Planning Commission, according to a senior rural development ministry adviser.
Sonia Gandhi led National Advisory Council member Aruna Roy has also lashed out at the move saying the affidavit reflects the government`s deep lack of empathy for the poor and a perspective completely divorced from reality.
Nearly one third of Muslims in
the nation survive on less than Rs 550 a month, economic
think tank NCAER said, amid the ongoing debate on reservations
in jobs and educational institutions for those belonging to