Livelihoods News

PM Narendra Modi, in his Independence Day speech, talks about building a new India by 2022, resolution of Kashmir issue, and the importance of GST and demonetization

With the slogan of “Bharat Jodo”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked the people of the country to come forward to build a New India in the next five years which will be free from caste and religious differences, corruption and terrorism, and where people will have access to basic facilities like housing, power and water.

Addressing the nation on the 75th Quit India Movement in the Lok Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday urged everyone to work for a “New India” – a country that protects and encourages its women, a country free of poverty, corruption, terrorism, casteism, and communalism.

He further added that from 2017 to 2022, the government will work towards achieving goals set by the freedom fighters.

NEW DELHI, INDIA —The government of India and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) recently furthered their partnership for food and nutrition security and capacity development in the South Asian region.

More mothers with young children could opt for paid work if they found reliable alternative caregivers to take care of family-related responsibilities, a survey in Rajasthan’s Udaipur district shows.

The baseline survey of 3,177 mothers with children in the 1-6 years age group has found that on average the respondents spent 9.4 hours each day doing some kind of unpaid work as against 17 minutes per day doing paid work.

The goods and services tax (GST) has drastically reduced the tax rates on purchase of foodgrains in the country, besides correcting the wide disparities in the tax incidences among major grain-producing states. The development would reduce the tax burden on the state-run Food Corporation of India, the operations of which are funded out of the Centre’s subsidy budget. Also, procurers including private traders are now finding it easier to do business with grain-surplus states as tax liability is no longer a determinant of their market decisions.

New Delhi: New Delhi-based not-for-profit Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) plans to train 100 women in digital entrepreneurship over the next one year.

The organisation, through its rural wireless information entrepreneurship programme SoochnaPreneur, seeks to identify and train entrepreneurs who can eventually set up rural information enterprise units (Soochna Seva Kendras/Information Service Centres).

India’s foodgrain production rose five times over six decades, according to 2016 government data, the latest available. But with the average Indian farm half as large as it used to be 50 years ago and yields among the lowest in developing economies, the agriculture sector and farmers have been driven to the brink, shows an IndiaSpend analysis. Output of foodgrains in India increased from 50.82 million tonnes in 1950-51 to 252.22 million tonnes in 2015-16, according to the Agriculture Statistics At A Glance 2016 report.

New Delhi, Jul 31 () Over 5.69 crore households had sought employment under the MGNREGA scheme in 2016-17 and 5.12 crore of them were provided work, the government said today.

The figures were provided by Rural Development minister Narendra Singh Tomarduring the Question Hour in Rajya Sabha when members expressed concern over various aspects of the scheme including low wages and delay in payments.

Over 5.69 crore households had sought employment under the MGNREGA scheme in 2016-17 and 5.12 crore of them were provided work, the government said on Monday. The figures were provided by Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar during the Question Hour in Rajya Sabha when members expressed concern over various aspects of the scheme including low wages and delay in payments.

HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh, which has emerged as a pioneer in providing LED street lighting in all the municipal areas in the state, is going to become the no. 1 state in the country in achieving LED street lighting in rural areas as well.

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