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IA Blog: Our CEO, Tarun Cherukuri, has written an insightful piece on our pivot and what it means for our operating model as we shift to support the most vulnerable citizens to move out of poverty.

Nainish, our Partnerships Director, has written a thoughtful piece on leadership that is very valuable in the current context.

IA Talks: We're very excited to share Dr. K.V. Subramanian, Chief Economic Advisor to the Government of India, will be joining us for a talk on 1st Sep. Registrations and details can be accessed here. Limited seats are available. 
Education in the times of a pandemic.
RTE and the decision to re-open schools. 3 states are in the middle of RTE admissions as of now.

Uttar Pradesh is grappling with concerns about private schools not granting admissions to children with allocated seats.

The last date for RTE applications in Gujarat is 29th August notwithstanding concerns of parents trying to fill out the online form. 

The RTE application portal is now live in Tamil Nadu and will stay open for a month.
Parents are still not comfortable sending their kids to school even as the Supreme Court has asked the centre to shed more light on the change in education policy for disadvantaged students who can't access online education right now. 
Covid-19 or not, authorities in Europe seem to have made up their minds.
Policy and its impact.
The writing seems to be on the wall. In less than five months of FY21, NREGA demand has touched an all-time high. The continued funding for this and other welfare schemes will be a challenge as GST dues owed to the states will not come through any time soon.

With a record enrolment of beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act, millions could still be left out due to exclusion errors and lack of funds.

The data is in. The CMIE estimates more than 5M+ people would have lost their jobs in July. A McKinsey report echoes similar concerns and forewarns that we'll need to find additional 90M jobs without even considering the 55 million women who may come back to the labour force to "partially correct the historical underrepresentation". 
India's women are going through a challenging time with even routine healthcare becoming increasingly difficult to access. 

The top court has at least taken a positive step towards letting states determine their own preferential treatment to the 'poorest of the poor'.
Ecosystem BrightSpot
Under the guidance of Rakesh Gupta, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister of Haryana, the Saksham program has set the ambitious goal of ensuring more than 80% of government school elementary students are grade-level competent.

To support this goal, SCERT partnered with Transform Schools to design the new material and its training. This is an important step to encourage competency-based teaching and to bridge the learning gaps for students who are still not at their grade level. 
And Finally.
How To Avoid Burnout. A priest writes about embracing angst, finding adventure in monotony and, of course, meditation.
Have a relaxing and thoughtful weekend. We'll see you soon!
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