Urban Poor
Feb 06 2017
RIGHT TO EDUCATION ACT
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Akshatha M
The demand for quality education at low cost remains unmet in Bengaluru, while those who manage to get RTE seats for children face situations that are against the spirit of the Act. First part of the series on Right to Education act and ground realities in Bengaluru.
Jan 11 2017
DEMONETISATION HITS CONSTRUCTION WORKERS
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Akshatha M
They’re supposed to have their salaries credited to their accounts. But for these migrant workers, realities are quite different. Why? Read on.
Nov 17 2016
DEMONETISATION WOES
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Samit Aich
For many urban citizens, the inconvenience due to the demonetisation move is a small price to pay for the greater common good, but how is it affecting the daily life of the really common man on the street?
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Nov 15 2016
ANTI-POVERTY PROGRAMMES
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Akshatha M
Do you know a poor family that could benefit with some assistance from the government, but doesn't know where to look? This list could help you guide them to the right doors.
Nov 02 2016
ANTI-POVERTY PROGRAMMES
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Akshatha M
Government officials say there are easy, streamlined procedures for the poor to avail special schemes meant for them, but the experience on the ground in Bengaluru suggests otherwise. Where are the gaps and can they be plugged?
Oct 19 2016
WELFARE SCHEMES FOR BPL FAMILIES
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Akshatha M
The United Nations’ observes October 17th as the International Day for Eradication of Poverty with a goal to “end poverty in all its forms everywhere.” In Bengaluru, as in many other cities, there is no dearth of government welfare schemes for the poor. But do these schemes reach the poor in reality?
Jul 13 2016
Amruthvarshini
Bengaluru, my new home, continues to surprise me every day with its idiosyncrasies. I am slowly falling in love with this place, and that is in spite of the traffic. Alright, you ask, why this sudden exhortation and public display of affection? Well...
Jul 05 2016
FOOD FOR NEEDY PROGRAMME
Salma Fahim
How can we help our city’s hungry population? An idea inspired by Operation Sulaimani comes to Bengaluru.
May 03 2016
LIVES OF GARMENT WORKERS
News Desk
A survey released by Garment and Textile Workers Union (GATWU) provides interesting insights into the lives of garment workers.
Apr 27 2016
MANUAL SCAVENGING - THE KILLING CURSE
Karthik Ranganathan
Despite the government schemes to rehabilitate manual scavengers, the scavenging still continues. The caste stigma attached to it has become inseparable—jobs of sanitary workers are reserved to SC/STs, even in this modern era of computers and the internet!
Apr 21 2016
A MORNING IN THE LIFE OF A GARMENT WORKER
Akshatha M
Bengaluru saw a sudden eruption of protest by garment workers on Monday and Tuesday opposing the Central government’s new PF policy. One woman garment worker's story gives us a glimpse into their lives.
Nov 23 2015
WASTE NARRATIVES
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Usha
Naziah is one of the workers working plastic recycling units in Nayandahalli. Life hasn't been very kind to her, though she has managed to sail on. Read her story in her own words.
Nov 03 2015
Blog: Captured
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A little off the city, on Mysore Road after the Kengeri township, it is hard to miss the ultra-colourful stuffed toys being sold by the kerb. Makers of these toys are the members of more than 20 families migrated from Naklav village, Jharkhand...
Oct 26 2015
LOANS FOR URBAN POOR IN BENGALURU
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Navya P K
How effective are micro-finance institutions in helping the poor in Bengaluru deal with their crises? Do self help groups really help? What is the downside?
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Oct 12 2015
LOANS FOR URBAN POOR IN BENGALURU
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Navya P K
Poor in Bengaluru trapped in the vicious circle of money-lending are unable to get bank loans. Structurally the poor are designed to be left out of the banking system, as banks cannot determine either their ability or intent to repay loans.
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Oct 05 2015
LOANS FOR URBAN POOR IN BENGALURU
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Navya P K
While most of us don’t understand why poorest of the poor in the society remain so for decades, here is a reality check that reveals the darker side of the story: an atrocious circle of borrowing, spending and borrowing again, to make ends meet, and remaining poor forever.
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