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including former special director Rajinder Kumar. On March 11, no, Further, Five people familiar with internal discussions in both cities told The Associated Press that preliminary talks have taken place about what it would take to bring the Winter Games back to the United States for the first time since Salt Lake hosted in 2002.S. the better” said Max Cobb the president of US Biathlon “We’ve got a fantastic set of venues in Utah that are still in use and more or less at world-class standard” The Salt Lake City Games were marred by a bidding scandal that resulted in several IOC members losing their positions for taking bribes But with help of Mitt Romney and others the Olympics were saved while Salt Lake and Park City have stood as prime examples of the sort of legacy that modern Olympics are supposed to leave in a region There’s an eight-lane interstate running from the Salt Lake airport which was upgraded for the Olympics to Park City which is the home of US Ski and Snowboard Park City is the host of key US training centers for freestyle skiing speedskating and cross country skiing Overall the area has hosted about 75 World Cup and world-championship events in winter sports since the Olympic cauldron was extinguished more than 15 years ago Denver would have a steeper hill to climb Although it’s bigger than Salt Lake City the mountains are farther away and more infrastructure would be needed “We would welcome an invitation to discuss in depth what it would take for Denver to become a Winter Olympic host city” said Matthew Payne executive director of the Denver Sports Commission Denver also stands as the only city to once be awarded the Olympics the 1976 Winter Games only to turn them back after public opinion turned against hosting the event The public support piece is as crucial as ever especially in the wake of a number of cities pulling out of the running for 2022 and 2024 because of poor response from citizens and failed referendums One of the few declared candidates for 2026 Innsbruck Austria which has hosted two previous Winter Olympics has a referendum scheduled for Oct 15 that has the potential to scuttle the bid Calgary and Sion Switzerland have also shown interest in hosting Salt Lake City and Denver are officially on the sideline though after Wednesday things could heat up The 2026 Games are next on the docket and the only Olympics through 2028 still in search of a host For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Jairam Ramesh Neelakshi Mann | Updated: February 2 2016 12:28 am The main arguments against the MGNREGA have been that it is full of leakages and that it is a dole that has not resulted in any assets Top News Today is the 10th anniversary of the launch of the MGNREGA This legislation was pathbreaking in its scale architecture and thrust Its demand-based legal framework promised an open-ended budget for implementation unlike all other allocation-driven social sector schemes The MGNREGA appealed to the left provoked the right and stayed central to the development discourse As it completes 10 years a longer lifespan than most rural development schemes it is an opportune moment to answer three key questions: First has the MGNREGA worked Second what is happening with it today And third do we still need the act We can evaluate the MGNREGA’s performance in two ways: By asking whether the act has enhanced livelihood security and whether it has served as an instrument for rural empowerment Every year the MGNREGA provides 40-45 days of employment to a fourth of rural households Further seasonality trends indicate that the employment is supplementary and sustains households during periods when non-MGNREGA work opportunities are few These figures validate its role in enhancing rural incomes But the verdict on rural empowerment is divided because of the act’s uneven implementation across states There are however clear successes — for instance the increase and reversal of a six-year-long period of stagnation in rural wages Even its worst critics would concede that the MGNREGA’s provisions like work within five kilometres of home equal wages etc have provided greater work opportunities for women and improved gender parity The participation rate of women has remained around 50 per cent In the absence of the MGNREGA these women would have remained either unemployed or underemployed There is also strong data to suggest that the legislation has reduced distress migration in traditionally migration-intensive areas The MGNREGA has often been referred to as an ecological act that changed the rural landscape and renewed the natural resource base through its focus on water-conservation works On the act’s impact on poverty the findings are less categorical Though a recent panel survey by the NCAER suggests that the MGNREGA has reduced poverty among Adivasis and Dalits by 28 and 38 per cent respectively The evolution of the MGNREGA has also triggered institutional changes beyond its intended benefits For example between 2008 and 2014 more than 10 crore no-frills bank and post office accounts were opened and 80 per cent of wages were paid through these This was unprecedented financial inclusion in the true sense since it ensured regular use of these accounts while reducing corruption and leakages So where does the MGNREGA stand today After being described as a monumental failure the answer to that question is apparent With rising MGNREGA minimum wages and an artificially capped budget demand has been plummeting Total person-days of employment dipped to 166 crore in 2014-15 as compared to 220 crore in 2013-14 There has also been a 40-per cent delay in wage payments in the current year Overall the government’s policy on the MGNREGA has been wavering In 2014-15 there was also an attempt to change the wage-material ratio from the current 60:40 to 51:49 The idea was to change the labour-intensive nature of the scheme which would have diluted the objective of the act Though the Centre went back on this suggestion fund allocation continued to be unpredictable This year the states are starved of funds and are unable to open new works and pay wages — as of January 2016 14 states were showing a negative fund balance The change in government has taken away a key ingredient that contributed to the success of the MGNREGA: Political will and belief in the act The main arguments against the MGNREGA have been that it is full of leakages and that it is a dole that has not resulted in any assets Both these are vastly exaggerated and founded on intellectual laziness and ideological blinkers The MGNREGA certainly does not exist in a silo and there is no denying that it faces similar challenges on corruption as other development schemes Corruption needs to be dealt with harshly but cutting funds to development programmes is definitely not a plausible solution The MGNREGA has been fighting corruption through the use of IT and community-based accountability mechanisms like social audits It is in fact one of the few schemes that has digitised almost all information and made this database publicly available Concerns on the durability and utility of assets were addressed by adding new permissible works in 2013 As a result 50 per cent of MGNREGA works relate to productive rural infrastructure including toilets and 23 per cent relate to building assets for marginalised communities Finally a judgement on the need for the MGNREGA should make a distinction between the soundness and value of the act and the bottlenecks in implementation In other words poor implementation in some states/ districts or for that matter incidents of corruption are not a statement on the need or utility of the act Of course they point to the need to strengthen service delivery improve access and governance structures While assessing the MGNREGA we must consider that it has been the singlemost important instrument for empowering gram panchayats (GPs) The act gave gram sabhas the mandate to plan their own works and untied funds to execute these works half of which have to be executed by GPs No other scheme has placed funds at this scale (Rs 15 lakh per year on average) directly with GPs That said programmes do need constant review and evaluation For one the MGNREGA should have an intensified focus on marginalised communities in the most backward blocks and on skill development of households that have completed 100 days (about 8 per cent of the total) In addition the act should immediately be linked with the Socio-Economic Caste Census to ensure better targeting It is also time to review the basis for determining wage rates But most of all what the MGNREGA requires is consistency in political support What it does not need is slow strangulation which is the approach of the Modi government Mann is a former consultant with the ministry of rural development Ramesh is a Congress Rajya Sabha MP and former Union rural development minister For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Vikram Patel | Published: March 15 2016 12:14 am Amidst the lack of detail on any element of health spending one particular intervention merits specific mention: Dialysis for end-stage renal disease (Illustration: C R Sasikumar) Related News Many hoped for Budget 2016 to be arenewed opportunity for the implementation of universal health coverage These hopes had been fuelled by the rumblings from the ruling party about a universal health assurance plan and rumours of a significant increase in the financial allocation to the health sector The actual budget made for sobering reading; in terms of its meagreallocation and lack of detail this was surely an anaemic budget More disappointingly I fear it will fail in achieving its most important stated goal of addressing catastrophic health expenditure Although the increase in the total allocation to the health sector represents an increase of 14 per cent from the previous year this is only because of the significant cut in last year’s budget and in real terms is even less than what was allocated in 2014-15 This allocation will do little to improve India’s abysmal global ranking on public expenditure on health The specific allocations to the National Health Mission the flagship programme for the public healthcare delivery system represent an insignificant change and possibly even a reduction from the previous year It is notable that this amount is less than that committed for the recapitalisation of public-sector banks; in effect the government has put yet more money into banks that have performed badly than on fixing the public healthcare system which is witnessing a steady haemorrhage of the population to the private sector It is perplexing then how this budget is expected to address the goal of reducing catastrophic health expenditure which the finance minister rightly asserted was “the single most important cause of unforeseen out-of-pocket expenditure which pushes lakhs of households below the poverty line every year” Apart from the low investment in the public healthcare system there are other troubling facts or lack of them which indicate the prescription of the budget will not cut the burden of catastrophic health expenditure First the beefed-up health insurance scheme needs to cover out-patient expenditure not least on drugs and diagnostics as these account for the major share of out-of-pocket health expenditure In the absence of a structural reform of the health insurance scheme one must assume it will continue to only insure in-patient care Second there needs to be a strengthening of the mechanism to hold the private sector accountable or else even the increased insurance cover will simply be swallowed up into the bottomless pit of irrational and unethical medicine led by unnecessary hospital admissions and procedures This would end up as one more example of public money flowing to private hands without any efforts to reduce costs or ensure transparency Finally if the health insurance scheme only targets those who live below the poverty line the significant impact of catastrophic health expenditure on the impoverishment of those who live above this arbitrary line would not be dented at all The budget disappoints in at least three other respects as well First in the context of the abysmal contribution of health research in India either to global science or to solve the vexing problems facing our healthcare system the government has allocated just 29 per cent of its health budget to research Apart from this allocation being far below what other middle-income countries invest in health research this pittance points to a striking contrast from the government’s policy to “make in India” and promote science and innovation It seems that all of these mantras are reserved for profit-making enterprises rather than social sectors despite the fact that high-quality health research can in fact achieve both the goals of social advancement and scientific innovation Second amidst the lack of detail on any element of health spending one particular intervention merits specific mention: Dialysis for end-stage renal disease While I applaud this not least as my own mother’s dialysis has bled my family’s economic security what is curious is why just this one procedure is fished out from the ocean of interventions for chronic diseases including insulin for diabetes (the leading cause of end-stage renal disease) or why the critically important investments needed to prevent these chronic diseases are not even mentioned My third grudge is that yet again beedis the most widely used tobacco product in India now well recognised as being just as deadly if not more as ordinary cigarettes escape taxation One commentator suggested this was to protect lakhs of workers in the beedi industry and I wondered how this might square with the loss of income consequent to the deaths of lakhs of those who consume this deadly product The failure to hike taxes on the high-sugar food industry whose products include cola beverages even though their association with diabetes and obesity is now well documented remains perplexing Instead it seems the government is enthusiastic to fund the expensive dialysis that is needed as a result of the consumption of these products So yet another year goes by when we have squandered an opportunity to address one of India’s most shameful truths: A country enjoying high levels of economic growth producing large numbers of health professionals and volumes of cheap drugs and boasting amazing ingenuity for creative innovations to address health problems at low-cost also has the dubious distinction of being one of the most regressive healthcare systems of all middle-income countries While universal health coverage has been a mantra for several years no government has yet taken the firm steps needed either in terms of adequate financing or re-designing the architecture of the healthcare system We are back to hoping that next year turns out to be a better one for India’s health The writer is with the Public Health Foundation of India and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine The economic data for this piece was provided by Indranil Mukhopadhayay For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWashington: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has suggested that Huma Abedin may haveties to terrorism even as he expressed sympathy for the topHillary Clinton aide after she filed for separation from herhusband "Huma is making a very wise decision" Trump said afterHuma in a statement said that she is separating from hishusband Anthony Weiner former New York congressman who had been involved in yet another sexting scandal A file image of Anthony Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin Reuters "I know Anthony Weiner well and she will be far betteroff without him" the 70-year-old said "I only worry for the country in that Hillary Clinton wascareless and negligent in allowing Weiner to have such closeproximity to highly classified information Who knows what he learned and who he told It’s just another example of HillaryClinton’s bad judgment It is possible that our country andits security have been greatly compromised by this" Trump alleged "Terribly I said a long time ago that she’s married to aguy who is a disaster I’ve known him for a long time Here’sa guy who what he’s done over the internet is disgusting andhe’s a pervert and just a very sick guy and she is married tohim" Trump said During the course of the interview Trump suggested toallege that 40-year-old Huma whose father is from India andmother Pakistan may have ties to terrorism "Take a look at where she worked by the way and take alook at where her mother worked and works You take a look atthe whole event" he alleged "But in the case of Anthony Wiener she’s married to aguy who is uncontrolled and uncontrollable He’s a sick personand she has access to classified information Huma has accessto classified information" he said "How Hillary got away with that one nobody will ever know But to think that it’s very likely that much of thisinformation Anthony Wiener would know about and I thinkthat’s something that was terrible "At the same time knowing Wiener I think Huma did avery very smart thing when she finally decided to leave him Very smart She had no choice" Trump alleged? is still considering his options. which riled certain Hindutva groups, The BJD president’s remark came close on the heels of the party holding a state-wide agitation protesting Union minister VK Singh’s statement that there was no need for giving special category tag to Odisha as it was now getting substantial central funds for development. 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