Livelihoods News

The Government on Wednesday reached out to opposition Janata Dal (United) as continued disruptions in Parliament blocked passage of UPA’s ‘game changer’ Food Security Bill that aims to provide foodgrains at cheap rates to 67 per cent of the population.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath on Wednesday had a telephonic conversation with JD (U) President Sharad Yadav during which he discussed ways to ensure smooth functioning of the two houses.

Millions find it harder to put food on the table as low wages, welfare cuts and high cost of living take their toll

An "alarming" 78% rise in food bank inquiries has taken place over the last six months, as people with jobs start using them to provide emergency supplies until their next pay day.

Why a failure to link payments to inflation and other drawbacks will make new cash benefits inadequate for India's worst off

Demanding recognition to community forest rights, hundreds of tribals in Bhubaneshwar on Monday staged a demonstration and urged the State government to ensure that the historic Forest Rights Act was implemented in true spirit.

Tripura has secured second position in the country after Orissa for introducing model accounting system in Panchayat Raj system and village committees.The accounting system in Panchayat Raj and Village Committees were brought under CAG for auditing and a special software known as Panchayat Raj Institution Accounting or commonly known as PRIA soft was introduced following the advice of the central government.

The Government of India, after taking into account the existing vocational training facilities and realistic demand for skilled workers in the country, has introduced a new Skills Policy.The aim of the Policy is to achieve rapid and inclusive growth through enhancing individuals’ employment prospects and ability to adapt to changing technologies and labour market demands, improving productivity and living standards of workers and strengthening global competitiveness of the country.It is expected that the ageing population phenomenon will globally create a skilled manpower shortage of appro

The Asian Development Bank has approved a $400 million loan designed to promote rural development in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The loan will be used to support the state’s efforts to provide better education and 24-hour electricity services to people living in its poorest regions. The money will be disbursed in several tranches, with the first one worth $200 million, according to the Business Standard.

New Delhi;  The rural development ministry is preparing for a big push to its flagship employment  generation programme asdrought  has depressed demand for farm labour.  The ministry has written to state governments asking them to identify development projects under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) to ensure there's enough work available for those in need.  "We expect demand for work and wages to go up in the coming months and are preparing for it.

The absence of rain has unleashed a torrent of gallows humour in a remote village in the drought-prone district of Jalna. In Shahapur, the quip of this parched season is: The destruction of the kharif crop that makes up three-quarters of Jalna’s agricultural land is absolute by the beginning of August. Farmers in Ambad tehsil (of which Shahapur is a part) hope to get by the lone surviving Bajra crop as they find themselves caught in a lethal web of despair. “Our cash crops have been burnt by the sun...

Small and marginal farmers, who constitute more 75 per cent of the total number of farmers in the State, have been hit hard by the skyrocketing prices of all types of fertilizers in the ongoing kharif season.

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