Livelihoods News

The finance ministry  is all set to increase the agriculture  lending target by around 25% in the budget for 2012-13 despite a sharp increase in the non-performing loans  in the sector.  In the last budget, the government had increased the target to 4.75 lakh crore from 3.75 lakh crore in the year before.

In a major boost to the healthcare sector, total government expenditure on health would be increased to 2.5 percent of the Gross Domestic Product  (GDP) by 2017, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said on Wednesday. The decision was taken in

Modern India continues to be plagued by social and health ills like child marriage, early motherhood and domestic violence.  Latest data in the "State of the World's Children report 2012" released by UNICEF  on Wednesday shows that almost 22% women in India, who are now aged between 20 and 24 years gave birth to a child before they turned 18.

The Union Ministry of Water Resources released the Draft National Water Policy in January, inviting public comments. The Draft is a revision of the 2002 Water Policy. It comes in the wake of the increasing strain on the water resources in the country thanks to rising population, increasing uses of water and the uncertainty that climate change will bring. The Draft takes cognizance of these pressing issues and has suggested more comprehensive water management practices,

In India, finger millet (locally called ragi) is mostly grown and consumed in Rajasthan,[3] Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Maharashtra, Kumaon(Uttarakhand) and Goa. Ragi flour is made into flatbreads, including thick, leavened dosa and thinner, unleavened roti. Ragi grain is malted and the grains are ground. This ground flour is consumed mixed with milk, boiled water or yoghurt.

In Andhra Pradesh Ragi Sankati (Telugu), which are ragi balls are eaten in the morning with a chilli, onions, sambar (lentil based stew)or meat curry and helps them sustain throughout the whole day.


A livelihood for women is also a revenue stream for those interested in providing renewable energy to areas in darkness in the country. Husk Power Systems (HPS) -- a renewable energy company working in rural India -- is doing exactly that.

Bamboo cultivation in the State is set to be taken up in a big way, thanks to the initiative of the National Bamboo Mission (NBM). A team of 25 forest officials, below the rank of Range Forest Officers, will attend a training program at the Institute of Wood Science Technology (IWST), Bangalore, on February 28 and 29 on various aspects of cultivation. The officers will be trained on implementation of the schemes under the NBM, scientific raising of seedlings, management of bamboo resources and assets and the identification of species suited for local conditions in the bamboo-growing regions of the State, Keshavamurthy, Chief Conservator of Forests and Director, NBM, told The Hindu . Resource persons from the IWST would train the officials and the NBM would sponsor the program.

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India  (CAG) has slammed the Haryana government for not spending money to the tune of Rs 376.98 crore on the welfare of building and other construction workers with funds remaining unutilized.  In its latest report, which was tabled in Haryana assembly for 2010-11, CAG rapped the state authority for not achieving the objective of regulating the employment and service conditions of building and other construction workers.

Standard of living in rural areas is coming down with the decline in per capita income, Andhra Bank Executive Director K. Misra said during a two- day national seminar (NSMF-2012) on Microfinance – Issues, Challenges and Policy Options in Emerging Economies in association with National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), Hyderabad and Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE), Hyderabad. Microfinancing is providing self-employment to the rural poor and Andhra Bank is actively involved in microfinancing and thereby it is playing a significant role in helping the poor, he said while addressing students and faculty at Krishna University's Department of Business Management. He recalled the reforms proposed by Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen and stated that those recommendations will help the hapless in the country.

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