Livelihoods News

In order to provide employment in over 4,000 villages which were declared scarcity affected the state government has decided to give rural folks additional 50 days of employment under MNERGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act).

“The government will provide employment for 150 days in 4,151 villages of 13 districts which were declared scarcity affected,” said Sudarshan Sethi, ACS (rural development), in a statement released. Currently, 100 days employment is given to rural folks under the Act. 

NEW DELHI: For Bhaskar Kumar it is a struggle to name green leafy vegetables found in India for his homework as his staple diet is rice and salt with vegetables served only on festive occasions.

But the eight-year-old from Pilakhana village in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh decides not to ask his mother Shakuni Bai, aware she skipped dinner four times that week.

The government has asked industry to provide jobs to personnel trained in their respective sector skill councils, warning that future fund allocation to the council will be withheld and unutilised money will be taken back if there is no increase in hiring.

NEW DELHI: Seventy years after independence, India is racing to connect thousands of villages with electricity as it looks to accelerate growth whose dividend are distributed to all.

The new year will see the government accelerate efforts to achieve the mammoth task of reaching power to more than a quarter of a billion people who lack access to electricity.

On the one hand, rainfall is either elusive or extreme, causing crop losses in successive seasons. On the other hand, farmers across the country are committing suicides because they have excess production in their granaries but no one to give them fair price for their produce.

The government is working on creating additional milk processing infrastructure to double the dairy farmers' income by 2022 and meet the future challenges. For about 15 years, India continues to be the largest producer of milk in the world and likely to retain its prime position with annual growth rate of 5.53% for last three years as against global milk production, which is growing at 2.09%.

NEW DELHI: The governments of India and Tamil Nadu on Tuesday signed an agreement with the World Bank for the multilateral lender to provide a $318 million loan for modernisation of irrigation projects in Tamil Nadu, improve market opportunities for small and marginal farmers and their adoption of climate resilient techniques.

According to an official statement here, around 5 lakh farmers, of which a majority are small and marginal, are expected to benefit from improved and modernized tank irrigation systems.

The Central government has selected 50,000 gram panchayats in about 5,000 clusters to drive economic activities, development of physical infrastructure and human development.

The Department of Rural Development, in partnership with state governments, has completed ranking of 50,000 gram panchayats on the basis of parameters such as physical infrastructure, human development and economic activities.

NEW DELHI: Keeping in view the agrarian crisis and increasing discontent  in rural India, the government has asked NITI Aayog to prepare a roadmap to revive the agriculture sector and suggest measures which can be included in the forthcoming Union Budget.

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a new skill development scheme having an outlay of Rs 1,300 crore with an aim to create jobs in the organised textile and related sectors.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here. The scheme will cover the entire value chain of textiles, excluding spinning and weaving in the organised sector.

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