Livelihoods News

NEW DELHI: Finance minister Arun Jaitley argued a case for setting up GST Council-like federal institutions to promote healthcare, rural development and agriculture sectors to allow the Centre and states to supplement each other’s efforts instead of competing.

In the 10th and concluding part of his ‘Agenda 2019’ series titled ‘Why Agriculture, Rural Development and Healthcare Require a GST Council-Type Structure?’ Jaitley urges pooling of resources to avoid overlap and duplication.

Pune: As the uncertainty about UK's exist from the European Union (EU) on March 29continues, Brexit related volatility on GBP is likely to have only short term impact on fruits and vegetable exports from India to the UK. The trade is confident that in the long term, Indian fruit and vegetable exports will stand to gain as UK accounts for the largest share of India's export to the EU.

Farmers are growing crops which can give them more income. They are becoming prosperous,” he said.

Agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh said the government has transferred the first instalment of Rs 2,000 under the PM-KISAN scheme to over 20 million farmers across the country. He said the farming community on ground is doing much better than what data suggests.

The wheat production of India in the year 2018-19 Rabi season is likely to be 99.12 million tonnes which is slightly less than last year as per the fourth advanced estimates. The overall food grain production is also likely to fall to 281.37 million tonne, due to rainfall bringing down the output. Last year, the figures were at 284.83 million tonne.

Ramadoss, who had done a lot of grassroot work with the farmers in his constituency, said that if the right price was paid for the farmer’s produce, he wouldn’t need any sops.

The contentious issue of what we can do to help our farmers better their lot, found a lot of answers during a discussion on What we need to do to make India Incredible? at TNIE’S ThinkEdu Conclave 2019. The first panel of the day had NITI Aayog’s Amitabh Kant in conversation with PMK MP and former Union minister, Dr Anbumani Ramadoss trading ideas.

A large number of the UNSDGs focus on betterment of individual and collective human lives. They emphasise on empowering individuals and equalising the imbalances in the way our civilisations are structured. While these are important, it is also imperative to look at the impact of humankind on the natural environment that houses us. Climate change is an alarming global phenomenon, and its impact is felt on daily lives. UNSDGs have also taken this into account, and listed out goals that are essential for peaceful cohabitation with nature.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will likely launch the government’s new pension scheme for unorganised sector workers on February 15 and a trial run of the software of the new scheme is slated for Monday, a top government official said on condition of anonymity.

The scheme will be administered by the Life Insurance Corporation of India, the official said, adding that he and other officials are awaiting a confirmation of the launch date from the Prime Minister’s Office.

PM-AASHA was devised to shore up income of farmers, who received negative returns in many commodities during 2017-18.

The agriculture ministry will hold a national-level scrutiny of PM-AASHA, the Narendra Modi government’s flagship scheme unveiled last year to ensure farmers get federally determined minimum prices, which didn’t help raise rates for crops grown during the previous kharif or summer harvest.

The Central bank changes its policy stance from 'calibrated tightening' to 'neutral'

The six-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) decided to reduce the key policy rate or the repo rate by 25 bps to 6.25% in the last bimonthly policy review of 2018-19 while changing the policy stance to 'neutral' from 'calibrated tightening'.

The rate cut is in line with expectations as retail inflation grew by 2.2% in December its slowest in the last 18 months.

NEW DELHI: The Union Home Ministry has launched a massive recruitment drive to fill 76,578 vacancies, including 7,646 posts for women, in Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs). In a statement, the home ministry said out of these vacancies, 54,953 posts are for the constable cadre and they will be hired through the Staff Selection Commission (SSC). Out of the 54,953 posts of constables, the CRPF has the maximum 21,566 vacancies, followed by the BSF (16,984 posts), the SSB (8,546 posts), the ITBP (4,126 posts) and the Assam Rifles (3,076 posts) and the remaining being in the CISF and other CAP

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