Livelihoods News

Key highlights:

•                    Problem of unemployment would not have acquired such proportions if India had initiated the skilling mission for its youth soon after Independence, Union Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said

•                    Tomar said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi set up the Skill Development Ministry after he came to power in 2014

Sep 20 (IANS): India has made significant progress in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by UN member-states in 2015 but finances remain an issue, a study of the country's Voluntary National Review (VNR) submitted earlier this year indicates.

PATNA: Union minister R K Singh today said that the Centre proposes to make India the number one country in both generation and consumption of power but set no time-frame to achieve the goal.

"We are the third largest country in the world vis-a-vis power generation but we are the fourth largest in power consumption. We have to achieve the goal of becoming number one country in power generation and consumption," Singh, MoS for Power (Independent charge), told reporters here.

Dam will be dedicated to the nation by PM Narendra Modi on his birthday.

Irrigation from the project is expected to benefit about 10 lakh farmers, and supply of drinking water will be to a population of about four crore.

The Centre has made timely payment of wages in 85 per cent cases under MGNREGA this year so far, double than what it was last year, the Union Rural Development Ministry said on Friday.

In the last financial year, timely payment of wages were made in 42.16 per cent cases.

For the current fiscal, the government has allocated Rs 48,000 crore for works under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), the highest ever allocation for the employment guarantee scheme.

The Southern India Mills’ Association (SIMA) today said there were some ill-effects due to certain GST anomalies that need to be addressed on a war footing inorder to bring all the stakeholders of the textile industry under the ambit of GST. Talking to reporters here, SIMA Chairman Nataraj appreciated the strenuous efforts taken up by the Centre while implementing the GST, by classifying the entire cotton textile value chain and also all the textile job work under the lowest and seamless GST slab of 5 per cent.

HANUMANGARH: When the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna (PMFBY) or the crop insurance scheme was launched in 2016, it was hailed as a "safety shield" for farmers.

But 18 months later, the scheme looks more like another 'fraud' committed on state's hapless farmers, who are already struggling under debt, low prices not to mention other calamities wrought by nature.

Around 59% of India has received substantially less rainfall as compared to previous years, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) data shows, raising apprehension that poor agriculture output could adversely impact the economy.

The latest economic growth, measured by the gross domestic product, grew by 5.7% in the first quarter of 2017-18 as compared to 7.9% in the same quarter a year ago — slowest since the National Democratic Alliance government came to power in May 2014.

New Delhi: The central panel for the revision of wages under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), which had said that there is no need to revise wages under the scheme to match minimum wages, has now justified this decision by talking about the gender discrimination in the implementation of minimum wages.

With the southwest monsoon season about to end in less than three weeks’ time, the government’s drought warning system predicts there could be a drought in 225 districts across “17 agriculturally important states of India,” putting further strain on distressed agriculture sector.

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