Livelihoods News

The World Bank has sanctioned US$1 billion credit for the India’s National Rural Livelihoods Mission, one of the world’s largest poverty reduction initiative of approximately US$7.7 billion, aiming to reach 350 million people or almost a quarter of India’s population under National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM).

Observing that hawkers have a fundamental right to carry on their business, the Supreme Court has asked the Delhi government to enact a law to regulate their trade keeping in mind also the right of commuters to use roads without impediments.

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Orissa became the first state to launch the NRLM, aimed at reducing rural poverty by providing self-employment and skilled jobs to people below the poverty line.

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.

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 approximately 56.5 million by 2020 and if skill development schemes of India succeed we would have a skilled manpower surplus of about 47 million by this time.

 

 

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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.

 

There's a larger question of whether development needs to be so aggressive and at the cost of local people and their livelihoods. This is the high time to understand the meaning of "Democracy and Rights to Livelihoods" which should be the base for the country like India to achieve its targets with inclusive growth.

Five winning NGOs include Jan Chetna Manch (Health and Well-Being), Foundation to Educate Girls Globally (Education), Prajwala (Economic Security & Livelihoods), The Hunger Project (Governance) and STEPS Women Development Organisation (Socio-Cultural Rights).

The number of poor people in the developing world has reached 44 million since June due to surging food prices, according to the World Bank.

The project will benefit millions of Kenyans, who will be directed to anonymously contact government officials via text messaging when they find any kind of service that is lacking or missing from their communities.

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