Livelihoods News

INDIA’S high GDP growth rate has created a large middle-class. However, the actual number of its poor, famished, undernourished, underpaid, part-time employed and jobless has also been going up, instead of declining. For its geographical size, India is already the world’s most populous country. India has a long way to go to raise its GDP, find millions of new life-supporting jobs for the youth and help its large population of debt-ridden marginal farmers by making their farming viable.

BHUBANESWAR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on central ministers and the Bharatiya Janata Party national executive to take a big leap forward in delivering on the promises of the government and party as the pace of achievements in the last three years needed to pick up although his administration had performed better than previous regimes.

New Delhi: Women from across the country came together on Friday at an event organized by the rural development ministry in New Delhi and swapped stories about how Self Help Groups (SHGs) had helped them gain access to government schemes and resources such as formal credit, leading to better livelihoods.

Hyderabad: It was a big day for farmers of Telangana on Thursday when Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announced supply of 26 lakh tonnes of fertilizers free of cost to 55 lakh farmers, irrespective of the extent of their holdings.

The peasant community erupted in celebrations across the State following the announcement that came close on the heels of the release of Rs 4,000 crore towards the last installment of debt writeoff with interest component benefiting 36 lakh farmers.

For addressing anomalies in the existing Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act and to boost farmers’ income, the Niti Aayog has called a meeting of state agriculture ministers later this month where the new model APMC Act would be unveiled.

For addressing anomalies in the existing Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act and to boost farmers’ income, the Niti Aayog has called a meeting of state agriculture ministers later this month where the new model APMC Act would be unveiled.

Assured orders and steady wages lead to migrationPoor wages, uncertain employment prospects and stiff competition from power looms have forced many cotton handloom weavers in and around Musiri to shift to silk handloom weaving due to assured orders and steady wages.Also, efforts made by the Department of Handlooms some five years ago to infuse new life into cotton handloom trade did not yield the desired results due to financial problem. Introduction of modifications meant additional expenditure and space constraint was another problem.

Around 3.5% of children between the ages of 11 and 14 years, and 13.5% between the ages of 15 and 16 years were dropouts, while over 25% of children in grades I to VIII were absent from school on the day a team visited the school.

These are the findings of the 2016 Annual States of Education Report (ASER) survey, a household survey of schooling and learning levels in rural India. The survey included over 560,000 children between three and 16 years, in 589 districts of India.

The Ministry of Rural Development has released Rs 23,443.09 crore to the States today as first tranche for Financial Year 2017-18 under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). The amount released includes all pending liabilities as on March 31, 2017. It is also to ensure priority work on water conservation measures.

JORHAT, April 9: “As Assam is one of the top 10 rice producing States of the country, in 2016 we produced 52 lakh metric ton of rice and this year our expectation is to have paddy harvest of around 75 lakh metric ton as our production curve is on the upward trend, despite the attack of swarming caterpillars in the initial stage.

The benefits of crop insurance scheme can be availed of by the landless labourers too in case they pay the insurance premium and sign an agreement with the land-owner for tilling their land, the government told the Rajya Sabha on Friday.

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