Livelihoods News

New Delhi: Centre’s ambitious schemes for elderly aimed at promoting their health, well-being and independence have a minuscule number of beneficiaries. While only about 18% of all the elderly in India are accessing old-age pensions, only a quarter of widowed elderly women are benefitting from the widow pension scheme, revealed a report released by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Monday.

In the next five years, India plans to install 10,000 small-scale solar-power grids across the country to bring basic electrical power to communities without it.

But providing access to a minimal supply of clean energy - enough to power two LED lights for a few hours and charge a mobile phone - is probably not enough to significantly improve people's lives, research suggests.

New Delhi, June 17 (IANS) A project to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of child labour by tobacco growers has had a positive fallout — a significant improvement in school attendance.

The project, “Prevention of Child labour and Rural Development in Tobacco Growing Villages of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka”, is focused on development of school infrastructure, income-generation activities and awareness-building.

India’s labour markets are experiencing structural change from primarily agrarian to non-agrarian, but there is a dearth of reliable data to capture these shifts, including gainful employment that focuses on improved quality of work and the income derived from it, McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) said in a new report. India has delivered strong economic growth relative to many other countries in the past few years, but there are concerns about whether the growth has been inclusive or whether the country is heading for jobless growth.

New Delhi: As monsoon rains move across India—usually a boom time for the agriculture sector—farmers have left their land and taken to the streets amid growing anger over falling food prices and high debts.

With protests spreading around the country, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is under pressure to provide more incentives. A drop in food prices spurred deadly clashes last week, while India’s food inflation fell into negative territory, dropping 1.05% from a 0.61% rise in April, data on Monday showed.

NEW DELHI: Farm loan waiver is necessary in the short term as farmers are unable to repay debts due to fall in agri-prices despite a bumper crop, renowned agriculture scientist MS Swaminathan has said.

However in the long term, loan waiver does not provide secure credit system as this would lead to inadequate funds for agri-infrastructure development, he tweeted.

The almost deliberate impoverishment of the agriculture sector by successive governments, which has translated into poor returns to farmers, and the recent loan waiver decision by Uttar Pradesh appear to have triggered massive protests in many states, including Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.

Kohima, June 9 (MExN): The State Level Empowered Committee (SLEC) meeting on Shyama Prasad Mukherji Mission (SPMRM)/National Rurban Mission (NRuM) was held today under the chairmanship of Nagaland Chief Secretary, Pankaj Kumar IAS at the CS’s Conference Hall.

Moving to improve public transportation in rural India, the Centre has decided to involve women self-help groups (SHGs) in the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Parivahan Yojana which is expected to be launched on August 15 this year. Amarjeet Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development, said the scheme will first be implemented across 250 blocks, including areas affected by Left-wing extremism. The SHGs will be provided interest-free loans and training to operate mini-buses, each with a capacity for 10-12 passengers.

Marking the completion of three years of the NDA government, Minister of State (I/C), Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that his Ministry has trained more than 1.17 crore aspirants in various skills through MSDE schemes and programmes since the inception of Skill India.

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