Ritwika Mitra

Rape survivors face challenges, mental stress in filing FIRs in UP: Report

Of 14 cases documented, FIRs were registered in 11 cases, and the time taken by the police ranged between two days to over seven months.

30 Sep 2020

BJP government systematically targeting voices of dissent: Activists

The amendments in the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act would be a blow to the civil society organisatons, said activists.

30 Sep 2020

Child labor in Delhi's home-based garment industry: Adolescence lost in struggle to survive

While the family of five used to earn Rs 8,000 per month previously, work is sparse now. “We are barely making Rs 3,000 a month,” her mother Salma says.

24 Sep 2020

Lack of awareness in elders reason for poor literacy rate among tribal students: Centre tells Parliament

According to the Census 2011, the literacy rate of scheduled tribes was 59 percent as compared to the overall literacy rate of 73 percent. 

23 Sep 2020

Rohini Commission entrusted with sub-categorization of OBC awaits state responses on clarifications

The Commission which is headed by former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court G Rohini is to identify castes, communities, sub-castes, synonyms in the central list of OBCs

23 Sep 2020

288 people died cleaning sewers, septic tanks in last three years: Centre tells Rajya Sabha

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment told the Rajya Sabha in response to an unstarred question on the number of people who died due to asphyxiation in the last three years.

21 Sep 2020

No funds released for rehabilitation of manual scavengers, earlier funds unutilized: Govt

The budget allocation for self-employment scheme for rehabilitation of manual scavengers for the period of 2020-2021 was Rs 110 crore. 

21 Sep 2020

Raw caste Census data not to be refined and published, says Ministry

Since the data dates back to the SECC 2011 and the next round of Census due shortly, the ministry would not undertake the exercise to refine the data.

18 Sep 2020

10 Indian states identify 40% of districts 'atrocity prone' towards Dalits: Report

The cases were recorded in Uttrakhand, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, and Maharashtra, among others, according to the report.

09 Sep 2020

Centre to hold review meeting with states to discuss measures for tribal groups amid pandemic

Recently, the members of PVTGs in the Andaman and Nicobar islands tested positive for COVID-19. The Great Andamanese, Jarawa, Sentinelese Onge, and Shompen are recognized as PVTGs there.

02 Sep 2020

Houses being demolished, people continue to be evicted across India: Report

The report raised concerns on why settlements were demolished as the lands were not used for any other purpose following the evictions.

19 Aug 2020

'4.6 lakh people evicted in 2017-18 are yet to be resettled’

Over 1 lakh people were evicted and over 22,000 houses demolished across the rural and urban areas in India last year, HLRN said.

19 Aug 2020

Amend Press Council Act to curb 'toxic TV debates', says PCI chairman

The issue has gained currency after Congress national spokesperson Rajiv Tyagi died hours after he participated in a live TV debate two days back.

15 Aug 2020

Hope for transmen who find employment amid pandemic

The six transmen who were placed with Amazon after a training programme run by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

02 Aug 2020

Ministry of Tribal Affair's created committee to meet regarding references 

The committee has now been granted an extension from March 21 to October 31 amid the pandemic. It is planning a virtual meeting with the stakeholders.  

27 Jul 2020

Commission to clear ambiguities in Central and state lists of OBCs through video conference

The task of the commission, which is headed by former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court G Rohini, is to identify castes, communities, sub-castes, synonyms in the central list of OBCs.

24 Jul 2020

Social Justice Ministry plans to launch national helpline for transgenders

As part of running the national helpline, the ministry will be empanelling doctors, counsellors and legal experts who would offer support to callers.

23 Jul 2020

Awareness programmes for sanitation workers to resume from August

According to data submitted in the Parliament, there were 110 sewer deaths during 2019. Activists have pointed out that sanitation workers have been pushed further to the fringes amid the pandemic.

16 Jul 2020

Delhi riot survivors must get mental support: Report

Children who witnessed the violence exhibited passive trauma. Some, as young as three, compulsively drew images of burning houses when asked to draw.

14 Jul 2020

Centre to come up with database of tribal migrant workers for livelihood generation amid pandemic

The objective of the database would also be to map out the economic needs that would arise with the return of tribal migrant workers in the districts with high tribal population. 

09 Jul 2020

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