Livelihoods News

AN INTER-MINISTERIAL task force has counted up to 53,236 people involved in manual scavenging in India, a four-fold rise from the 13,000-odd such workers accounted for in official records until 2017.

While the numbers are an improvement from before, when a majority of states denied the existence of the practice, it is still a gross underestimate as it includes data from only 121 of the more than 600 districts in the country.

New Delhi, Jun 11 (PTI) Women self help groups in rural areas are the real agents of development, Union Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said today while conferring national awards to the best performing SHGs from across the country.

Tomar awarded 34 women SHGs under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) at an event here.

NAGPUR: Despite state government’s agriculture loan waiver scheme, there has been no change in the trend of farmers’ suicides in Vidarbha. In the first six months of the year, 428 farmers have committed suicide in six affected districts of the region.

The loan waiver scheme, which originally covered 35 lakh farmers, has further been expanded by extending the cut off date of loan defaults to be covered.

New Delhi: The Ministry of Skill Development and Entpreneurship (MSDE) has laid the foundation for a secure and skilled future for India through concentrated and unwavering efforts over the past 3 years. In a press conference Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan, shared the milestones achieved under Skill India, towards creating a 'job-ready' workforce to fuel India's economic growth engine. The event was also graced by Minister of State, MSDE, Anantkumar Hegde.

The government has been working to free the housing sector of corruption and middlemen to ensure people get their own houses without hassle, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday.

He also said that use of latest technology is ensuring faster building of houses for the poor in rural and urban areas at affordable cost.

The government has done away with the licensing permits for foreign vessels for coastal movement of agriculture, fishery and animal produce, besides allowing Indian citizens to charter ships for these, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said.

The move is also aimed at promoting processing of seafood at Indian hubs under the Sagaramala initiative rather than processing of Indian seafood in Singapore before further exports to countries like Japan.

The NDA government's "achievements" in the farm sector during the last 48 months are much higher when compared to the Congress' 48-year rule since independence, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh claimed today. Listing out the first four years' achievements of the Modi government in the agriculture sector, the minister said the Centre has rolled out several new schemes to boost production and cut input costs with an aim to achieve its target of doubling farmers' income by 2022.

CHENNAI: Minister-counselor for the foreign agricultural service wing of the United States department of agriculture (USDA) Jeanne F Bailey on Tuesday said the US was keen on strenghening cultural relationship between the two countries through agricultural products.

The monsoon and D-Street have one thing in common -- they both are unpredictable. But what is predictable is how the monsoon will impact certain sectors and stocks.

The Indian economy is heavily dependent on monsoon rain, and a normal and well-distributed monsoon usually results in an uptick in farmers' income, which leads to an increase in the demand for consumer and automotive products in the rural market.

NEW DELHI: India on Wednesday raised the import duty from 20% to 30% on wheat with immediate effect. This is to protect domestic growers from sourcing cheaper produce from overseas markets.

The move comes at a time when wheat procurement in the domestic market by the government and private agencies is at peak. This measure is expected to help stem imports of wheat from Ukraine, Russia and Australia.