Citizens' Issues
Railways urged to make services disabled-friendly

The National Centre for Promotion of Employment of Disabled People (NCPEDP) has urged the Kaya Kalp council to make the Indian Railways disabled-friendly

 

The National Centre for Promotion of Employment of Disabled People (NCPEDP) has urged the Kaya Kalp council to make the Indian Railways disabled-friendly, a press statement of the centre said on Saturday.

 

 

 

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Modi launches three ambitious social security schemes

The schemes relate to the insurance and pension sector and are intended at widening the process of financial inclusion

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched three ambitious social security schemes, relating to the insurance and pension sector and intended at widening the process of financial inclusion.
 
On his first visit to West Bengal after taking over as prime minister, he kickstarted the "Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana" (accident insurance), "Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Yojana" (life insurance) and "Atal Pension Yojana" at a programme in Nazrul Manch in West Bengal.

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MG Warrier

2 years ago

In the anxiety to reach out to more people, which is not a bad idea in a country with a population of 1.25 billion, many of our plans, projects and schemes overlook the end-use and ultimate objective.
Sometimes, the overenthusiasm to cover more numbers, give a feeling that policies are motivated by the anxiety to sustain a low-income population which is perennially willing to remain at ‘above starvation level’ with an ulterior eye on cheap labour. At some stage, government will have to think in terms of poverty elimination by ensuring adequate job opportunities, living wages, universal healthcare, improving literacy to an acceptable level, reasonable level of social security for the aged and the ‘challenged’ and make economic development more participative.
If poverty alleviation is the objective, the present system where lenders and entrepreneurs are protected at the cost of workforce which has a role in value addition, is defective. Those who are willing to work will have to be given opportunities for asset creation and savings which will help them meet their minimum needs relating to nutrition, shelter, healthcare and education of children, as also securing a decent post-job life.
I am not against popular measures like the three schemes announced. My quarrel emanates from the inadequacy of support to the needy.

People lobby for Padma awards: Ramdev

Ramdev said 'politically influential people are successful in getting the awards'

 

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev sparked off a controversy on Saturday by saying lobbying for Padma awards is a known fact and those with political clout get it.
 
Ramdev said 'politically influential people are successful in getting the awards'. 
 
"The whole world knows that all awards from Padma Bhushan to Padma Shri are given to good people for their achievements but people do lobbying to get this award," said Ramdev on the sidelines of an event.
 
Earlier this year, Ramdev had declined any Padma award for him after reportedly being considered by the government for the honour.
 

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