Good Morning.
 
We've had an eventful last week. To help support with relief measures, we have launched two helplines in association with the Karnataka & Delhi governments. Our work has been mentioned in The Wire and we had the former Secretary of Education, Anil Swarup, spend some time with us as part of our weekly talks.
 
Banchan from our tech team and Pranav from our volunteer data team have captured their thoughts as part of a series of blogs. Do read to garner insights from non-profit professionals working behind the scenes during these challenging times. 
 
Upcoming Talk: We have Nikhil Dey from Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan in conversation with Anju from Indus Action at 4 PM, 26th May. He will talk about MGNREGA and much more. RSVP here.
 
Education in the times of a pandemic.
 
Rajasthan raises the income cap for RTE admissionsThe limit has been increased from INR 1 lakh to INR 2.5 lakh for children to get free educational assistance in schools. Read more
timesofindia.indiatimes.com
 
 
Jammu And Kashmir RTE Rules Finalised. The Union Territory has finalised rules as per the RTE Act. Jammu and Kashmir was exempt from the RTE Act, which mandates free and compulsory education for all children between the ages of 6 to 14 years. Read more
NDTV.com
 
 
India’s affordable private schools face a reckoning. Nearly 79 million Indian students attend affordable private schools, which plug a crucial gap between the demand for quality education and access. With COVID upending education as a recession-proof business, these schools will have to find ways to stay relevant or die out. Read more
The-Ken.com
 
Policy & its impact.
 
Why cash support to migrant workers was aborted. The jump of Rs 40,000 crore in allotment to the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) is more or less what the government had planned at one stage to provide migrant workers as immediate relief, but gave up the idea because of operational difficulties. Read more
Business-Standard.com
 
 
The government is right to rely on MNREGA, rather than error-prone Jan Dhan-Aadhaar, to reach the needyThe programme that the Prime Minister once called a ‘living monument’ to the failure of the previous government remains crucial in supporting the poor. Read more
Scroll.in
 
 
Labour Ministry to object to states' ordinance plan on labour laws. The Union labour and employment ministry is not in favour of the plans by some state governments to temporarily abolish most of the labour laws through the Ordinance route. Read more
Business-Standard.com
 
Perspectives.
Urban India didn't care about migrant workers, only cares now because it's lost their services: P Sainath. "The volcano is exploding. We are trying to not look at it. See the hypocrisy of the governments, media, factory owners and us as a society." Read more
FirstPost.com
India has to come to terms with inequality: Thomas Piketty. "We say that we believe in equal opportunity, but we live in a world where the bottom 50% of the population does not receive any inherited wealth from the upper rungs, whereas some other people receive millions or billions." Read more
TheHindu.com
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Have a thoughtful and relaxing weekend. See you next week!
 
 
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