Livelihoods News

The Centre is promoting the social audit of work carried out under MNREGA to bring more transparency in schemes and check corruption, officials said. As part of the social audit, gram sabhas review official records and determine whether state reported expenditures reflect the actual money spent on the ground, sources in the government said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, to be implemented from Saturday, as a ‘Good and Simple Tax’ and said its introduction was not just a tax or economic reform, but a social reform that would nudge people on the path to honesty and benefit the poor the most.

Chandigarh, Jun 29: Development bank NABARD will provide financial assistance of Rs 12,000 crore to Haryana in 2017-18 to support rural development, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said today.

NABARD chairman Harsh Kumar Bhanwala today called on Haryana Chief Minister today, an official release said.

In the meeting, Chief Minister showed keen interest in providing basic infrastructure facilities in rural areas at par with urban areas.

The government has made it mandatory to link 12-digit biometric Aadhaar numbers with permanent account number (PAN) with effect from July 1, 2017. Individual also have to quote Aadhaar number or Aadhaar enrolment ID while applying for PAN. It is a must for filing tax returns, opening of bank accounts and financial transactions beyond a threshold. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had made Aadhaar compulsory for filing income tax returns and provided for linking of PAN with Aadhaar to check tax evasion through the use of multiple PAN cards.

New research and project results from the Rajasthan Nutrition Project show dramatic improvement in the food security, nutrition, and health practices of women, girls and infants. In just two years time, the percentage of female heads of households reporting that they are food secure increased from 21 to 53 percent, with similar increases for their children.

Nearly 70% of India’s 90 million agricultural households spend more than they earn on average each month, pushing them towards debt, which is now the primary reason in more than half of all suicides by farmers nationwide, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of various government data.

The Central government has claimed that 91% of manual scavengers have been provided a one-time cash payment of Rs 40,000 and 108% of identified scavengers and their dependents have been selected for skill training under the rehabilitation programme for manual scavengers.

New Delhi: Following a collapse in wholesale prices of rain-fed pulses like arhar and moong over the past six months, farmers across India have reduced planting of these varieties, data on Kharif sowing released by the agriculture ministry on Friday shows. Simultaneously, farmers have planted more of cotton and sugarcane, compared with the year-ago period, the data shows.

On May 22, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) tweeted it had ratcheted the pace of rural road construction under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) to 133 km a day over the three years to 2016-17, up from 69.35 km a day in 2013-14.

In an effort to express its commitment to the sustainable development goals (SDGs), India has submitted its voluntary review report to the United Nations.

The review is centred around the goals of ending poverty and hunger, and ensuring healthy lives, besides achieving gender equality, building resilient infrastructure, etc.