Livelihoods News

India’s first female finance minister in almost five decades, Nirmala Sitharaman, has held a wide range of jobs: She rode aboard a fighter jet as defence minister. As head of the trade department she grappled with falling exports. She’s been a national spokeswoman for her party, and in younger days worked in London as a home decor saleswoman.

Union Minister for Rural Development Narinder Singh Tomar has said that the government has no proposal to increase the amount provided under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana, in reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha on Friday. He said the government plans to construct 60 lakh such houses in the current year and another 70 lakh and 65 lakh houses in 2020-21 and 2021-22 respectively. Here's what he told the Upper House:

The central government has targeted spending Rs 25 lakh crore on the rural and farm economy over the next five years, which will reflect in allocations to be made in these sectors in the annual Budget on July 5, an official said, requesting anonymity.

Ahead of the Budget’s preparation, departments and ministries had been asked to present monthly, yearly and full five-year targets, following a similar exercise to draw up the agenda for the first 100 days of the new government, a second official said.

New Delhi: Since Monday, nearly two-thirds of the country has been under a spell of a heatwave and India Meteorological Department (IMD) expects it to be the longest ever.

Churu in Rajasthan became the hottest place on Earth when it touched 50.8 degrees on Monday. Severe heatwave has also gripped western, central and northern parts of the country. Thus, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh will continue to face the heat until this week.

Three out of every four working children in India are virtually denied of their right to education, said an NGO, adding that majority of them are engaged in agriculture and related industries. Going by the census 2011 data-sets released in 2016, a whopping 62.5 percent of working children and adolescents below 18 years of age engaged in agriculture and related industries.

Data provided by the census reveals the following points:

The government has initiated a study to find a cost-effective menstrual hygiene solution for schoolgirls, which would consider the use of biodegradable sanitary napkins or reusable menstrual cups.

“We have asked the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to conduct a study on both biodegradable sanitary napkins and reusable menstrual cups. We have to look at the cost effectiveness of the sanitary option, in addition to hygiene," said a senior health ministry official, requesting anonymity.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman met experts from agricultural and allied sectors to take measures to boost economic and social infrastructure of the rural sector on Tuesday, during a pre-budget consultation on agricultural and rural development.

The experts also discussed ways to eradicate unemployment and poverty through the development of agriculture and allied sectors as well as the non-farm sectors.

Ministry of Rural Development has set a target to build as many as 2.15 crore houses under Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojna (PMAY) in rural India by 2022.

While agri-GDP growth of more than 4% is desired, India has grown agri-GVA at merely 2.9% FY19, according to a recent report by the National Statistical Office (NSO).

MUMBAI: More Indians are finishing school than ever before, indicating that policies and steps taken to promote the spread of education in the country like the Right to Education Act have borne fruit.