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Representational image of Odisha residents working under MGNREGA | Photo: ANI

Modi govt to rethink caste-based payment of wages under MGNREGA, says aware of problems

Rural ministry statement comes week after a report in ThePrint highlighted problems being created by caste-based salary disbursal under MGNREGA among workers in Karnataka.

Why Modi’s Cabinet reshuffle doesn’t really benefit SCs, STs and OBCs

As long as there are foreign-educated, dominant-caste ministers who find a Cabinet position via Rajya Sabha, SCs, STs and OBCs will continue to lose out.
Representational image | A tea stall in Kolkata damaged during post-poll violence in Bengal in May. The NCSC says it has received 100s of complaints from Bengal since the election results, which were followed by violence in the state | ANI

Grievance portal for SCs gets 1,276 complaints in its first 2 months, half over ‘atrocities’

NCSC portal receives 664 complaints under ‘atrocities’ head, 372 related to socioeconomic matters, and 240 for service issues since launch in April.

Bombay HC cancels ‘fraudulent’ caste certificate of Navneet Rana, imposes Rs 2 lakh

The HC held that Rana’s claim of belonging to ‘Mochi’ caste was made with the intention of obtaining various benefits available to a candidate from such category.
IIT-Kharagpur | Representational Image | Commons

SC panel writes to IIT Kharagpur, seeks reply after video shows professor ‘abusing’ students

The panel's reaction comes after a video of the alleged incident, involving the professor and a class of SC/ST students, went viral on social media
Mathematics educator Anand Kumar | Photo: Wikipedia

Anand Kumar of ‘Super 30’ fame to coach Dalit IIT aspirants for free, Modi govt approves plan

The government has given in-principle approval to a proposal by a Delhi-based trust, under which mathematician Anand Kumar will coach 400 SC students every year.
Representational image | Commons

Rs 50,000 crore, or 20% of funds allotted for SC welfare, left unused by Modi govt in 4 years

From 2017-18 to 2020-21, approx. Rs 2.6 lakh crore was sanctioned for welfare of Scheduled Castes. Of this, Rs 49,722.18 crore was surrendered by ministries/departments.
Trinamool Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party flags on display in West Bengal | Moushumi Das Gupta | ThePrint File Photo

How BJP became TMC’s challenger in Bengal, wooing elite and working-class Hindus

While the Bengali bhadralok's support to the Left came riding on an anti-Congress mindset, their honeymoon with CM Mamata Banerjee's TMC was also brief.
College students | Representational image | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

With fewer SC/STs enrolling in college, House panel pulls up UGC for ‘under-utilised’ measures

Govt report finds Gross Enrolment Ratio of SC/ST students at undergraduate level is lower than national average of 26.3%. UGC says it has taken steps to improve these numbers.
The Union Public Service Commission headquarters in New Delhi (representational image) | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

How UPSC ‘reserve list’ helps SC/ST candidates & why it’s not a ‘backdoor entry’ for IAS

The reserve list has always courted controversies, with the latest coming after Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla’s daughter, Anjali, cracking the 2019 exam.
Indian Army soldiers patrolling the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir | Representational image| ANI

I served in Nagaland during the peak of insurgency and without AFSPA

Despite the Nagaland Peace Accord signed in the presence of PM Narendra Modi, AFSPA continues to exist. And we call ourselves mother of all democracies.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.
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