Livelihoods News

MANGALURU: Not much help has come from political representatives for thousands of expatriate engineers working in Kuwait, who are now counting their days to be sent back to India, due to new regulations.

On March 11, new regulations relating to residency and work permits of engineers residing in Kuwait from outside the country came as a shock, which may end up in their being deported from that country, if they don’t have degrees from NBA (National Board of Accreditation) accredited colleges.

NEW DELHI: Unseasonal rainfall and hailstorms in north India over the weekend, along with a forecast of more showers and storms in the days ahead, have put at risk the rabi crop, especially wheat, mustard and mangoes, raising fears of increasing rural distress.

Officials are monitoring the situation because rainfall and hailstorms on the eve of the harvest can damage crops severely.

Kolkata: Bengal's success in the construction of rural toilets – through Mission Nirmal Bangla, a brainchild of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee – is now being considered as a model by the Central Government. The work of constructing toilets in the areas under the various panchayats of the state is 95 per cent complete in the state over the past two years, in comparison to 68 t0 70 per cent for the other states.

Union Government, Maharashtra Government and the World Bank on April 6, 2018 signed a USD 420 million project agreement to help small and marginal farmers in the Marathwada and Vidarbha regions of Maharashtra.

The project will help in increasing the climate resilient practices in agriculture and ensuring that farming continues to remain a financially viable activity for them.

In Bihar, where millions of people still opt for open defecation, the state government is trying hard and will achieve open defecation-free (ODF) status by March 31, 2019, against the deadline of October 2, 2019, an official said on Thursday. “We are not only constructing toilets as behaviour change is a complex phenomenon. Even after a villager constructs toilet, its use has to be sustained for at least one year for habit change,” Rural Development Department Secretary Arvind Choudhary said.

After witnessing below normal Monsoon rains to the tune of 95% last year, India is most likely to witness normal annual Monsoon rains at 100% (with an error margin of +/-5%) of the long period average (LPA) for the four-month period from June to September.

(0) Skymet further forecasts 55% chance of normal rainfall that is between 95% to 105% of LPA of 887 mm for the Monsoon season.

New Delhi: The national rural employment guarantee scheme saw a record expenditure of Rs63,887 crore in 2017-18, the highest since it was launched 12 years ago, showed data provided by the government on Monday.

However, high demand for work from rural households in a normal monsoon year (2017) also suggests acute rural distress, despite the flagship Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) wages in most states being lower than statutory minimum wages for agriculture labour.

Total employment in the economy shrank by 0.1 per cent and 0.2 per cent in 2015-16 and 2014-15, respectively, according to the latest KLEMS India database, released by the Reserve Bank of India. Agriculture, hunting, forestry and fishing continues to be the sector with most number of people employed, despite consistent drops in the numbers over the past decade. Since 2013, employment in agriculture and such sectors declined by 6.8 per cent, from 217.6 million people in 2013-14 to 202.6 million in 2015-16.

The National Annual Rural Sanitation Survey (NARSS) 2017-18, conducted by an Independent Verification Agency (IVA) under the World Bank support project to the Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin (SBM-G), has found that 93.4% of the households in rural India who have access to a toilet use it.

The NARSS also re-confirmed the Open Defecation Free (ODF) status of 95.6% of villages which were previously declared and verified as ODF by various districts/states.

With the motive to make street food vendors aware of the importance of food safety and hygiene, Government of Maharashtra recently launched a project called ‘Serve Safe Food’ in collaboration with National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) and Food and Drugs Administration (FDA). It will train the street food vendors in the State through a mobile van on important and critical subjects like health, hygiene, safe food handling, waste disposal and entrepreneurship.

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