Livelihoods News

HYDERABAD -- It was India's first university to adopt Urdu as the medium of instruction -- but with English as a compulsory subject. And, as it turns 100 on Wednesday, Osmania University has blended tradition with modernity to emerge as one of the country's oldest and most prestigious institutes of higher learning.

With President Pranab Mukherjee set to launch the centenary celebrations, the spotlight is on the premier seat of learning, known for its chequered history.

Niti Aayog, the government's thinktank, has strongly backed taxing of agricultural income above a certain threshold and removal of exemptions on personal income tax as part of a strategy to expand the tax base and prevent evasion. There is a view within the thinktank that the blanket relief on agricultural income was aimed at protecting farmers, but it was being misused by many non-farmers who declare agriculture as their source of income to evade tax.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today highlighted the importance of panchayats in fulfilling the aspirations of the people in rural India and in transforming the country.

"On National Panchayati Raj Day, I salute all the hardworking individuals (who are) serving the people through Panchayati Raj institutions across India," he tweeted.

"Panchayats are effective ways to fulfill aspirations of people in rural India. They are playing a vital role in India's transformation," he added.

Ministry of Rural Development achieved a milestone today by successfully geo-tagging one crore assets created under flagship rural employment program MGNREGA. The geo-tagged assets have been shared in public domain.

Each year a huge number of rural assets are created under MGNREGA. Since it started in 2006-07, more than 2.8 crore assets have been reportedly created. That makes for an annual average of about 30 lakh new assets.

The government and activists are on a warpath over allegations that more than half of all workers under the rural jobs scheme will be denied employment because the deadline for Aadhaar enrolment has passed.

Activists say any denial of jobs under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) violates orders of the Supreme Court, which has repeatedly said people cannot be denied entitlement

NEW DELHI: The government is redrawing a micro-credit programme to help pull rural households out of poverty. The proposal is to lend up to Rs 1 lakh per family in the next three to five years, with the loans coming collateral-free and with subsidised interest rates.

"We have simplified the process for accessing loans... We are getting into the details of livelihood each house can undertake so that the money can be lent accordingly," said rural development secretary Amarjeet Sinha.

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.

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