Livelihoods News

NEW DELHI: There is need to diversify agriculture into energy sector in order to increase farmers' income and reduce the country's dependence on petroleum products, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said today.

"There is a need for diversification of agriculture into energy and power sector. This will not only empower the farmers but would reduce the huge crude import bills of Rs 7 lakh crore," the Road Transport, Highways, Shipping, Water Resources and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister said here.

NEW DELHI: The Modi government is all set to roll out an Amul-like selfhelp movement for five crore tribal people across India. Going beyond the promise of minimum support price (MSP) for gathering minor forest produce (MFP), the Centre plans to reach remote villages to open value addition centres in tribal households, organise tribal people in self-help groups, set up godowns for storage and initiate massive awareness programmes involving state governments and elected representatives.

New Delhi, India - Up to 670 million Indians, who comprise the poorest half of the population, saw just one percent increase in their wealth while the richest one percent cornered 73 percent of the national income generated in the country last year, according to anti-poverty charity Oxfam.

"The wealth of the elite 1 percent increased by 20913 billion rupees [$327bn], equivalent to the total budget of the Indian government last financial year," Oxfam said in its report published on Monday.

Thiruvananthapuram: Though the central government has provided Rs 100 crore for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), the wages for the skilled labourers is being delayed indefinitely. This is because the state does not allot fund proportionate to the center’s share.

At a time when India is poised to become the fastest-growing economy in the world in the year 2018, it is imperative for the country to ensure the development of requisite skills to reap its demographic dividend advantage. And, in this, Budget 2018 could play a very important role.

To achieve the building of skills, there is a need to gear our education system to focus on learning outcomes and teachers’ training which are key to capacity building.

New Delhi: India is considering simpler regulations to attract more corporate investment in agriculture as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to keep his promise to double farmers’ income by 2022, an adviser to the government said.

To stem rural disquiet caused by falling crop prices, the central government has turned to the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G). Over 51 lakh permanent houses are slated to be built in 2017-18 and the government hopes to equal the number of rural houses in the coming fiscal.

India has taken on a major leadership role in fighting climate change when others are failing, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said.

"We have a very solid commitment to climate action," Guterres said on Friday.

"We cannot be defeated by climate change and we are not yet winning this battle" and the biggest victims of climate change are the developing countries that are members of the Group of 77 (G77).

India successfully launched its 100th satellite 'Cartosat-2 Series' from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh's Sriharikota Island on Friday.

For the mission, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) used PSLV-C40 launch vehicle, which is carrying 31 satellites, including three from India and 28 from six other countries.

Ahead of the Union Budget, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday interacted with over 40 economists and other sectoral experts on the road as the government looks to revive the country's economic growth.

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