Livelihoods News

India is likely to receive above-average monsoon rainfall this time after El Nino conditions eased in the last few weeks, said the India Meteorological Department.

On April 19, IMD predicted rains at 96% of a 50-year average of 89cm, but "things have changed for the good since then", said director general KJ Ramesh.

Monsoons are critical for India, where 600mn people rely on agriculture.

NEW DELHI: India is estimated to produce 273.38 million tonnes (MT) of foodgrain in the 2016-17 crop year (July-June) -- over 8 MT more than the previous record of 265.04 MT in 2013-14.

Backed by significant rise in production of wheat, the agriculture ministry on Tuesday revised the country's total estimated foodgrain production to 273.38 MT - more than one million tonnes of what it had estimated in its second advance estimate in February (271.98 million tonnes).

India’s top think tank Niti Aayog with an aim of transforming India in fifteen years, has envisioned an ambitious agenda for the country to be achieved by 2032.

It aims to transform India into a “prosperous, highly educated, healthy, secure, corruption-free, energy abundant, environmentally clean and globally influential nation.” The question, however, is whether it is possible?

The Prime Minister also announced that the Northeast would soon be connected with the UDAN scheme.

Union Minister of Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan today said the government was working towards bridging the divide between "digital India and Bharat" so that the poorest of the poor could also have access to all the facilities.

"A digital movement has already started - which is the combination of a scientific movement and a technology movement - so that the poorest of the poor in the remotest part of India can have access to all the facilities," he said.

From Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling it a “living monument” to the failure of post-Independence Congress regimes in tackling poverty, to the finance minister Arun Jaitley taking credit for the highest-ever allocation of Rs 48,000 crore towards the scheme in the 2017-18 Union Budget, the ruling National Democratic Alliance’s take on MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme) has seen a near about-turn in the past two years.

MUMBAI: Cyberspace security experts are worried about the risk to customers using Aadhaar numbers and one-time passwords for authentication of financial transactions after it was revealed that a large cache of Aadhaar numbers had become public.

Bengaluru-based think tank, Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), has published a report highlighting how 13.5 crore Aadhaar accounts have been exposed by government departments.

AMID EARLY signs of farmers in Maharashtra starting to default on their farm loans in anticipation of a waiver on the lines of the one announced in Uttar Pradesh, what is adding to the worries of banks and other lending institutions is that the four states where such waivers are under discussion figure on the list of the top five states in terms of agri-credit disbursements. Apart from Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab and Tamil Nadu have seen the maximum agri-credit disbursements in three of the last four years (see box).

The Centre would work towards formulating a national programme on organic farming and millet cultivation, Union Minister Ananth Kumar said today. A round table conference would be held on the issue, involving Union Ministers for Agriculture, Commerce, Food and Civil Supplies, Rural Development and Fertiliser, he said.

New Delhi: India’s rural landscape has transformed with the clear divide that existed between rural and urban areas now blurring and resulting in the creation of a more integrated economy, says a draft action plan for the next three years put out by the federal government’s policy think tank Niti Aayog.

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