Livelihoods News

Union Minister of State for Agriculture Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Friday said 22,000 rural agriculture markets will be linked to make a national agricultural market by 2020. 

In a good news, India no longer is home to largest number of poor people in the world as this unwanted position has been taken over by Nigeria. In early 2018, the African nation overtook India as the land of world’s largest number of poor. “At the end of May 2018, our trajectories suggest that Nigeria had about 87 million people in extreme poverty, compared with India’s 73 million.

The Pune metropolitan region development authority (PMRDA), which is the nodal agency for implementing the pradhan mantri gramin awaas yojana (PMGAY) in the city, will be conducting a survey of the slum areas which fall under its jurisdiction.

Official spokesperson of the PMRDA, said, “As the PMRDA has been appointed as the nodal agency, we will be surveying the slums in the city. The basic aim of the survey is to identify the number of houses which needs to be built under the PM awaas scheme.”

Nearly half of India’s population could end up with no access to drinking water by 2030. Many of the world’s regions face destabilisation at the hands water scarcity, changing weather patterns and rising sea levels. A look at some vulnerable cities…


India’s water crisis is worsening because of mismanagement and inadequate conservation efforts.

New Delhi: Women living in urban parts of the country are involved in household chores more than their counterparts in rural areas.

According to Census 2011 data and the latest round of National Sample Survey (NSS), rural women make up 81.29% of the female workforce in India. The statistic includes both marginal and main workers. The Census describes main workers as those who are employed for most parts of the year.

The government is collating the rise in the number of skilled persons in the country since the launch of the flagship Skill India programme, following on from efforts to tally jobs.

The move for creating a data portal was triggered after cabinet secretary PK Sinha started conducting monthly review meetings in January on the number of skilled personnel, thus bringing all central ministries on board to converge their skilling programmes.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said his government has doubled the budget for agriculture to Rs 2.12 lakh crore to achieve its objective of doubling farm income by 2022.

Interacting with farmers from over 600 districts via video conferencing, Modi said the four cornerstones of the government policy for raising farm income are cutting input cost, fair price for the crop, preventing the produce from rotting and creating alternate sources of income.

New Delhi: In what may be a game changer for India’s beleaguered electricity distribution sector, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is considering setting up a pan-India power distribution company, said two people aware of the development.

According to the 2011 census, 45% of India’s workforce is engaged in non-agricultural activities i.e. professions other than cultivation and agricultural labour. This number diminishes by slightly more than two percentage points if one excludes two other primary sector activities: mining and plantations, forestry and fishing. Who are these workers? Which industries and at what positions do they work in?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to lift India’s economic growth rate to double digits after it recovered to a sevenquarter high of 7.7% in the March quarter, with the onus on states to do their bit to contribute to the effort while cautioning the country that the task will be challenging.

The Centre will continue to focus on farm income and mining, Modi told the fourth meeting of the Niti Aayog’s governing council on Sunday and reiterated the work done by his government across social sectors in the past four years.