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South-Asia
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Republic of India

As many as 1,160 differently-abled people were given assistance under The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, during 2017-2018, social welfare minister K Beichhua informed the state assembly on Friday. There are two observation homes for differently-abled people of below 18 years -- Bethsaida home at Durtlang and Rephidim home at Laipuitlang, both in Aizawl, Beichhua said while replying to a query from C Lalsawivunga of opposition Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM).

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Innovations in social protection financing: Impact Bonds

Senior citizens in national capital will no more have to run around the office of their local legislators or their offices to get old age pension. Now, they can directly apply either from a nearby internet café or from their home through the official website, stated Delhi government in its submission before Delhi High Court. According to a report by TOI, the AAP government has restored its earlier old-age pension disbursal scheme, and withdrew the role of disbursing money given to MLAs in their constituencies.

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The city government has issued a clarification regarding the guidelines for grant of maternity leave to ad hoc resident doctors following a notice from the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) to ensure that there is no discrimination against anyone when it comes to maternity benefits.

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Weekly Social Protection Links: March 8

Jharkhand government Tuesday increased its share on pension amounts under different schemes, including centrally funded and state funded schemes, officials said.

A total of 20,29,738 people will benefit from these decisions, and the enhanced amounts of the pension schemes will be effective from April 1, 2019, an official release said here.

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The issue of agricultural subsidies in India has been a hot potato for long. The government subsidises agriculture in a number of ways. It provides direct subsidy through fixation of minimum support price for essential crops and purchase of machinery, drip and sprinkler irrigation under various centrally-sponsored schemes. The indirect subsidy is extended through provision of inputs such as irrigation, fertiliser and power at prices much below their cost of production.

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Poshan Abhiyaan, a central government scheme that focuses on reducing stunting, under-nutrition and anaemia in women and adolescents through direct cash transfers, is a massive step towards eradicating malnutrition and also serves an added income for families, Unicef Representative in India Yasmin Ali Haque says.

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The BJP-led government in Tripura will continue with all 30 of the pension schemes introduced by the previous Left Front government that is benefiting 4,05,175 people.

This was disclosed by state social welfare and social education minister Santana Chakma in Agartala on Monday.

“Some vested interest quarters are campaigning that the 30 social pension schemes introduced by the previous government would be stopped. This is absolutely false,” Chakma further said

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Mahila Housing Sewa Trust, MHT

Mahila Housing Sewa Trust (MHT)’s mission is to organize and empower women in poor communities to improve their habitat. A quality habitat is a home with all basic services such as clean water, toilets, electricity, and adequate light and ventilation. It is a key financial asset that supports livelihoods, and makes the poor more resilient to heat stress, disease, and other hazards of climate change. Women understand that a strong neighborhood is essential to upgrading individual homes. They know how to work together to bring much needed services in their under-served communities.

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