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Good Morning.
 
Our CEO & Co-Founder, Tarun Cherukuri, has summed up our collective thoughts and efforts from the last one month. Please do read to know more about what we've done in April and our plans ahead.

Some updates about our work.
 The Delhi government has decided to augment its nutritional support programme towards disadvantaged communities based on our research. We would like to thank the Delhi Women and Child Ministry for their prompt action.
 
We had Dr Neelima Chopra speak about the impact of COVID-19 on the wellbeing of children. You can view this and all our previous talks here. 
 
We've had two colleagues write heartful pieces about their journeys at Indus Action. Akshay writes about his experience on spearheading multiple tech projects and Mukul reflects and captures the essence of the Policy Action Fellowship in a deeply moving essay. Do read.
 
Education in the times of a pandemic.
 
To open or not? The government seems to be gearing towards re-opening schools in July even as some parents oppose the plans vehemently. Despite recent court orders, EWS students are still struggling to move to ed-tech platforms. 
 
The lack of money in households is not making the decision easier. Families in Punjab are moving their kids to government schools indicating a broader upcoming trend as parents are forced to make some tough calls. 
 
 
The Right to Education for millions of kids. Karnataka is one of the first states in the country to re-start the RTE admission process. While some private schools in Bengaluru continue to demand unsubstantiated fees from EWS students to access online classes. 
 
The Kerala HC has declared the RTE as sacrosanct while restraining schools from charging extra fees. The Andhra Pradesh government is thinking and acting on similar lines.
 
 
The MHRD Minister laid out his vision for the upcoming National Education Policy. You can access the complete article here.
 
Policy & its impact.
 
India's poor continue to bear the worse of the pandemic. Some estimates place the total loss suffered by the most disadvantaged at INR 4 Lakh cr.

Companies that have shirked away from their moral responsibility of paying workers their wages during the lockdown might be susceptible to audits. The Ministry of Home Affairs wants to check their balance sheets while the Supreme Court has decided to delay the orders further. 
 
A very well-laid out explainer charts all that has been done so far for migrants. It's not enough. All of this while, 8 states & UTs are yet to lift foodgrains meant for migrant workers.
  
Opportunities or Threats? Amid rapidly growing fears and anxieties, business is booming for India’s quack YouTube doctors.

8 Minutes and 46 Seconds: Security footage, witness videos and official documents show how a series of actions by officers turned fatal for George Floyd. [Video]
 
Perspectives.
And Finally.
 
“The longer you wait for the future, the shorter it will be.”
 
 - Loesje
 
Have a safe and relaxing weekend. 
 
 
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