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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

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said that old age pension scheme had come into force last month itself and nearly one lakh people had already started getting pension under the scheme in the state. Mr Kumar gave the information while intervening during reply to calling attention notice of RJD members- Abdul Bari Sidiqqui, Alok Kumar Mehta, Bhai Birendra, Mohammed Nawaz Alam, Yadduvansh Kumar Yadav and Abdul Ghafoor and Congress members - Sadanand Singh and Awadhesh Kumar Singh in the state assembly. 

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BLOG: India will see a sharp slowdown in population growth over the next two decades, which will result in a rise in the number and proportion of older people, especially in the South, the Economic Survey 2019 has predicted. The policy document, released last week, recommends pushing back the retirement age to deal with an ageing population. India has sharp internal variations in population trends. 

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OPINION: There is widespread agreement that social protection, for the large part, is the responsibility of the state. It is broadly understood as measures to reduce poverty and vulnerability by reducing people’s exposure to risks, and enhance their capacity to manage those risks, including those associated with unemployment, exclusion, sickness, disability and old age. 

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Reforming inefficient and inequitable energy subsidies continues to be an important priority for policymakers as does instituting “green taxes” to reduce carbon emissions. Simply increasing energy prices will have adverse impact on poorer consumers, who may spend substantial budget shares on energy and energy-intensive products even though the rich typically appropriate more of the price subsidy. Equitable pricing reforms therefore need to be accompanied by programs to transfer compensation: depending on the situation, this can be targeted or universal.

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Weekly Social Protection Links: July 12

BLOG: Despite impressive economic progress, nearly 20% Indian children under five are wasted, 38% stunted and 35% underweight. The Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme was launched in 1975 as the first pan-India programmatic response piloted in 33 blocks of the country, for improving nutrition and health status of children below six through supplementary feeding, nutrition and health education and convergence with health services at an Anganwadi centre (AWC), right in villages and urban slums. 

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District Administration Rajouri has decided to extend old-age pension benefits to maximum number of eligible persons. For the purpose, it is going to organise special camps to list the deserving persons for providing them benefits of National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) and Integrated Social Security Scheme. 

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The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will also launch its own poverty reduction and welfare Ehsaas Program side by side with that of the federal government. The program will be implemented in close coordination with the Federal Government in a way to supplement the Federal Government’s efforts and avoid all sorts of duplication.

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