Livelihoods News

In Bihar, where millions of people still opt for open defecation, the state government is trying hard and will achieve open defecation-free (ODF) status by March 31, 2019, against the deadline of October 2, 2019, an official said on Thursday. “We are not only constructing toilets as behaviour change is a complex phenomenon. Even after a villager constructs toilet, its use has to be sustained for at least one year for habit change,” Rural Development Department Secretary Arvind Choudhary said.

After witnessing below normal Monsoon rains to the tune of 95% last year, India is most likely to witness normal annual Monsoon rains at 100% (with an error margin of +/-5%) of the long period average (LPA) for the four-month period from June to September.

(0) Skymet further forecasts 55% chance of normal rainfall that is between 95% to 105% of LPA of 887 mm for the Monsoon season.

New Delhi: The national rural employment guarantee scheme saw a record expenditure of Rs63,887 crore in 2017-18, the highest since it was launched 12 years ago, showed data provided by the government on Monday.

However, high demand for work from rural households in a normal monsoon year (2017) also suggests acute rural distress, despite the flagship Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) wages in most states being lower than statutory minimum wages for agriculture labour.

Total employment in the economy shrank by 0.1 per cent and 0.2 per cent in 2015-16 and 2014-15, respectively, according to the latest KLEMS India database, released by the Reserve Bank of India. Agriculture, hunting, forestry and fishing continues to be the sector with most number of people employed, despite consistent drops in the numbers over the past decade. Since 2013, employment in agriculture and such sectors declined by 6.8 per cent, from 217.6 million people in 2013-14 to 202.6 million in 2015-16.

The National Annual Rural Sanitation Survey (NARSS) 2017-18, conducted by an Independent Verification Agency (IVA) under the World Bank support project to the Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin (SBM-G), has found that 93.4% of the households in rural India who have access to a toilet use it.

The NARSS also re-confirmed the Open Defecation Free (ODF) status of 95.6% of villages which were previously declared and verified as ODF by various districts/states.

With the motive to make street food vendors aware of the importance of food safety and hygiene, Government of Maharashtra recently launched a project called ‘Serve Safe Food’ in collaboration with National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) and Food and Drugs Administration (FDA). It will train the street food vendors in the State through a mobile van on important and critical subjects like health, hygiene, safe food handling, waste disposal and entrepreneurship.

DIMAPUR, MARCH 25 (MExN): An amount of Rs 285.50 Crore has been sanctioned to the Nagaland State Directorate of Rural Development under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in the first three months of 2018 alone.

This was revealed in documents available at the website of the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India.

Bhubaneswar, Mar 23 (PTI) The Odisha government today presented a Rs 1,20,028 crore budget for 2018-19 in the state Assembly with a focus on rural development and empowerment of youth and women.

Finance Minister S B Behera also presented a separate agriculture budget worth Rs 16,765 crore, around 134 per cent more than the Rs 7,162 provided in the first farm budget in 2013-14.

The government has decided to allocate Rs 10,000 crore initially to implement the Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM), health minister JP Nadda said on Thursday.

This amount is flexible and will be used to cover costs of setting up technology systems and verifying entitled beneficiaries in addition to paying premiums to states that are implementing the scheme through insurance models, the minister told reporters at a press briefing.

PUNE: Nearly three years into the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) for urban areas which promised “housing for all” by 2022, barely 8%, or 3 lakh of the 40.6 lakh houses targeted so far, have been constructed. The situation in the rural version of PMAY is better, but even there only 30%, or 28.8 lakh houses, have been completed against the 95.4 lakh targeted by the rural development ministry in 15 months since the plan was launched.