Threats and coercion cannot dwindle vaccine hesitancy. People are getting vaccinated out of “fear” of discontinuation of social security schemes and not out of fear of the virus. It is important to spread awareness around vaccines and to win the trust of the community.
In the current debate on age of marriage, instead of looking at the gaping inequalities across gender, caste, class and religion, which foster underage marriages, the difference of three years between a girl’s and a boy’s minimum age of marriage is being cited as an inequality that needs to be done away with.
Due to an increase in literacy, the Rudaali tradition is slowly fading away in Rajasthan. People now prefer quieter funerals, because of which these professional mourners are losing their importance. These widows find it hard to make both the ends meet and need to be rehabilitated.
By the year 2050, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is projected to account for over ten million deaths every year across the world, of which two million are estimated to happen in India alone. Over 30% of neonatal sepsis deaths in India are attributed to AMR.
The recently released National Family and Health Survey 2019-20 shows an increase in ‘wasted’ children in Assam who have low weight for height. The state government has adopted various initiatives and strategies to tackle child malnutrition by providing funds and bringing together various stakeholders.
Lead has been recognised to have negative effects on children’s neurological development. In 2016, the Indian government enacted rules to limit lead content in paints to a maximum of 90 parts per million. However, implementation challenges remain, especially in the small and medium scale enterprises.
India is the world’s largest producer of milk and pulses, and it is the second largest producer of rice, wheat, vegetables, fruits and fish. Despite being self-reliant in food production of major crops and running the world’s largest food safety programme, the hunger situation is still serious in India. But there are ways to fight it.
Ten days back, on October 2, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change published a ‘consultation note’ on changes it proposed to make in the Forest Conservation Act of 1980. What are the proposed changes? Should they be a cause for concern?
The One Nation One Ration card scheme was launched in June 2019 to reform the Public Distribution System (PDS). However, close to 100 million people are estimated to be excluded from the PDS. There are several other challenges in the new scheme that need to be addressed.
Till around 1870, Dudhwa in the Terai region of India had naturally occurring rhinos, which were believed to have been wiped out due to excessive poaching. Through sustained efforts of the Government of India and the support extended by the governments of Assam and Uttar Pradesh, 40 rhinos now roam around Dudhwa.