Population control: Finance Commission may not reward states for poor show

The hue and cry last year over the ToR with regard to use of 2011 population, prompted PM Modi to announce that the Centre has suggested to the commission to “consider incentivising the states who have worked on population control.” The 15th Finance Commission (FC) may assign a lower weight to ‘population’ than 17.5% by the previous FC while giving a ‘respectable’ weight to progress made in curbing population growth to balance the needs represented by the latest population and progress towards population control, for inter-se distribution of resources among…

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ITBP chief asks students to think of the poor

NEW DELHI: As children become more and more individualistic in a consumption-driven economy, ITBP chief Subhash Goswami on Monday exhorted young students to understand the value of economic equity in the society and asked teachers to usher them on the right path. Speaking at the foundation laying ceremony of an ITBP school in Dwarka, Goswami narrated a French short story that spoke of a well-to-do family sitting in an upmarket restaurant frowning upon a hungry and poor family outside. The rich family also asked for the poor family’s immediate removal…

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