Livelihoods News

A series of cloud bursts have left 59 persons dead and over 200 injured in the frontier Leh town of Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. An army spokesman in Srinagar  said 6,000 army troopers have been rushed to the ravaged area for rescue and relief efforts. The death toll might go up as rescue work was still going on."The old and new bus stands, scores of houses, an Indo-Tibetan border police camp, a central reserve police force camp, a police camp and a government polytechnic have been extensively damaged in the flash floods and mudslides in Leh town," this may further lead to loss of livelihoods and income for the people in the area, also the heavy rain may effect the cutivation due to heavy wather flow and spreading of diseases due to water logging in the area.

The West Bengal Government recently announced subsidies on diesel for agricultural purposes and on power which will benefit consumers of up to 200 units of electricity monthly. While the subsidy on diesel for the agricultural sector will be one rupee per litre, nearly 78 lakh consumers of power across the State will benefit from subsidies that will cost the State Government Rs. 120 crore annually. State Finance Minister said the subsidy on diesel for agricultural purposes would cost the State Rs. 30 crore annually. It would benefit farmers who have to depend largely on irrigation facilities and are already burdened by the rising costs of agricultural inputs.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot flagged off nine mobile soil testing laboratories at Pant Krishi Bhavan recently to provide the facility of on-the-spot analysis of soil in agricultural fields in remote villages along with recommendation for the use of manure and fertilisers in correct proportion.

The mobile labs, launched under the National Soil Health and Productivity Management Project through public-private partnership, are expected to make a significant contribution to a better crop yield as well as remunerative prices for the agricultural produce. He called upon the farmers to adopt the latest techniques in their fields with the help of agricultural scientists.


Andhra Pradesh State Government has sanctioned Rs 23.45 crores for setting up mini-dairies in 22 districts, 200 in each one of them with interest subsidy of 75 per cent under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) during 2010-11. This is aimed at augmenting milk production in the State.

Farmers experienced in dairy sector, unemployed rural youth and women members of self - help groups are the ones who are eligible to set up dairy units with funding from RKVY. The plan is to set up 4,400 dairy units across the State.

The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries issued the guidelines regarding the financial outlays, requirement of milch animals (buffaloes/cross bred cows), mode of payment of interest subsidy etc. The mini dairy units are expected to help Andhra Pradesh capture the first rank in the country in milk production from its 2nd position now. A.P stands first in India in egg and meat production. The contribution of livestock sector to India's Gross State Domestic Product is approximately Rs 16,190 crores (6.42 percent).

New Delhi: The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) recenlty introduced a new scheme, ‘NPS-Lite', to target the economically disadvantaged sections and promote small savings during their productive life. Having extended the New Pension System (NPS) to all citizens with effect from May 1 last year, the PFRDA has also made available the ‘Swavalamban Scheme,' which grants an incentive of Rs.1,000 for all eligible NPS accounts, to all NPS-Lite account holders as well if they meet the prescribed criteria. The Swavalamban initiative would be available, he said, to persons who joined the NPS with a minimum annual contribution of Rs. 1,000 and a maximum of Rs 12,000 during the fiscal 2010-11. The scheme “aims at harnessing the outreach and capacity of the government operated schemes, NGOs, MFIs, NBFCs, etc, in targeting and servicing the old-age savings needs of low income workers.

India:Central  government has decided to reduce half of the gas deposit amount for BPL families. Presently gas consumers are paying Rs1400(Rs.1250 security deposit and Rs.150 for regulator) for new gas connection. Government decides to reduce Rs 700 in the total deposit amount and the BPL people have only Rs 700 for new gas connection. Planning Commission approved this proposal. Government estimates to adjust Rs 490 crores for this plan and design target to give 5.5 crore gas connections mainly in rural areas before 2015. IT could be a great news for BPL families provided we ensure proper distribution on time , which will reduce the usage of traitional fuel like fire woods in remote areas.

Andhra Pradesh government handed over 1200 acres of fertailed land to Nagrjuna Construction company for tharmal power plant in sompeta area.From 30 villages nearly 1.50 lakhs people, mainly paddy farmers and fishermens are losing their livelihoods and also it leads towards environmental disaster. For the last 8 months the people have been struggling to protect their livelihoods. On 14th july 2 people killed in police firing when the people come forward to protect their lands.

India:The South India Textile Research Association will conduct a training programme for fitters and weavers for one month. Candidates from backward, most backward and de-notified communities who have studied up to Class VIII and are aged between 18 and 35 can apply for the programme. An interview will be held on July 14 on the association premises form 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This trainings could fetch jobs and increase their income level and enhance their livelihoods.

LONDON: Eight Indian states, including Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal,   together account for more poor people than the 26 poorest African nations combined,  a new  multidimensional measure of global poverty has said.  The Multidimensional  Poverty Index (MPI) was developed and applied by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development  Initiative (OPHI) with UNDP support and will feature in the forthcoming 20th anniversary   edition of the UNDP Human Development Report due late October.  The MPI, which supplants  the Human Poverty Index, assesses a range of critical factors or  deprivations   at the household level: from education to health outcomes to assets and services

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The idea for Partners in Health first began when Paul Farmer and Ophelia Dahl helped set up a community-based health project in Cange, Haiti known as Zanmi Lasante ("Partners in health"). In 1987, in order to support the efforts in Haiti, Dr. Paul Farmer, Thomas J. White, Todd McCormack, Ophelia Dahl, and Jim Yong Kim founded Partners in Health in Boston Massachusetts. In 1993, Dr. Farmer founded the Institute for Health and Social Justice (IHSJ) which is the research and advocacy arm of PIH. As of 2006, the IHSJ is under the direction of Dr. Joia Mukherjee, Medical Director of Partners In Health.