Livelihoods News

The World Bank has asked the Rajasthan Government to prepare proposals seeking financial assistance for 15 affordable housing schemes to be launched shortly in seven towns of the State. The scheme is expected to help out low-income families and financially weaker sections in getting their own houses.
A four-member team of the World Bank and the National Housing Bank met the State Principal Urban Development and Housing Secretary, G. S. Sandhu, here over the week-end to discuss the scope for providing finance for housing schemes.

The National Advisory Council (NAC) headed by Sonia Gandhi has endorsed the proposal of the Central Employment Guarantee Council (CEGC) that the Minimum Wages Act be adhered to even for workers under MGNREGA.

The issue of NREGS workers being paid minimum wages has been gathering steam not only with petitions being filed from individuals from other states but a host of activists under the banner of the Rozgar Evum Suchna Ka Adhikar Abhiyan have been staging a sit in near the Statue Circle in Jaipur October 2, 2010.

The Government of India has fixed the minimum support price (MSP) for the current year’s wheat crop, to be marketed from April next, at Rs 1120 a quintal. Modest annual hike of Rs 20 upon the previous years MSP was approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA). With government stocks of more than 27mt as on October 1st, and also the prospect of a good crop, the Centre is not going out of the way to please the farmers to grow more.

Kamdhenu Dattak Yojana (KDY), implemented successfully in the Pune district, will now be taken to all the districts across the state of Maharastra. Pune district's Zilla Parishad for the last three years implemented KDY, which focuses on the increase in milk production. The scheme has registered widespread success with more than 100 villages registering an increase of 200 litres in daily milk production.
The state cabinet recently approved to implement this scheme across all districts from the current financial year (2010-11). A fund of Rs. 1.52 lakh will be allotted for every village adopted under KDY.

The Punjab Government on Sunday gave green signal to a programme for developing the vocational skills of 10 lakh young people in next 10 years, to make them employable in upcoming Industry as well as in tertiary, retail and financial sectors.

As many as 30 rural borrowers have committed suicide in Andhra Pradesh in the last few months following their inability to pay back loans taken from microfinance institutions at exorbitant interest rates.

The farmers have demanded Rs 320/325 a quinatal, whereas the millers categorically stated that there are no condition to pay anything beyond last year's SAP of Rs 165 per quintal.

The State government has launched a Skill Development Programme under which it will impart training to one lakh youth.

PDSThe problems with food management manifested in the last 18 months in the form of 20% food inflation, that too at a time when huge quantities of grain was rotting in government warehouses.

The state capital has emerged as top employment provider among tier III cities of the country with a share of 16.8%. Mangalore and Mysore were ranked second and third constituting 12.6% and 11.08% of the total vacancies tracked by Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).(The TI).