Livelihoods News

Even as Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) faces the ire of citizens for inadequate supply of water in several parts of the city, especially in east and north Nagpur, around 1 million litres per day (MLD) water from old Gorewada is leaking for the last many years.

Auto unions have postponed the strike on May 17 for a month, after transport minister Arvinder Singh Lovely said their demand of a fare hike will be examined by the government. The auto unions were told they will have to get Global Positioning System (GPS) fitted in the vehicles and provide a reliable service. Sources, however, said that commuters can expect fares to remain the same for a few months at least as the fare hike process will take time.

Central Railway (CR) will operate a mega block on its suburban sections May 16 for carrying out important maintenance work.

In what is likely to trigger further controversy, a top government official today stirred the hornet’s nest by claiming that there are currently over 20 million ‘irregular migrants’ in the country.

Women folks of this village know exactly how much water they will fetch from the village tubewells. Under constant stress of severe water scarcity, habitants of Galapada in Angul district have developed an unwritten understanding for rational distribution of water this summer.

Orphanages getting government grant are unable to take care of street children because it is difficult to give them a destitute certificate. The government should make amendments in its rules to make it possible for orphanages to give protection and care to street children.

Kerala State-level inauguration of the Rs.105-crore modernisation programme for lift irrigation schemes was done by Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac at Aluva in Kochi District. The project has been devised to revamp the 418 lift irrigation schemes across the State.

Raichur district agriculture office, which expects a timely monsoon this year, has set a crop-sowing target of 2,99,800 hectares for this kharif season. According to official sources, of the targeted area, 1,42,350 hectares will be covered by irrigation and 1,57,450 hectares will have to be rain-fed. Cereals will be covered in 1,34,700 hectares, pulses in 21,125 hectares, oilseeds in 1,21,450 hectares, and cotton in 22,400 hectares. (9 May 2012; The Hindu)

Almost 300 tonnes of seed potato is being sold every day at the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) yard in Hassan. With the district receiving rain almost every day, farmers are preparing to sow. On Friday, seed potato was being sold at Rs. 750 to Rs. 800 a quintal. Seed potato is stored in the seven cold storages around Hassan.

Bangalore Campaign Against Child Labour (CACL), a non-governmental organisation, has criticised the Right to Education Act for not covering children from the age of 0 to 6 and 14 to 18 and expressed their disappointment with the Government for not implementing a common schooling system.

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