Livelihoods News

DIMAPUR, MARCH 25 (MExN): An amount of Rs 285.50 Crore has been sanctioned to the Nagaland State Directorate of Rural Development under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in the first three months of 2018 alone.

This was revealed in documents available at the website of the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India.

Bhubaneswar, Mar 23 (PTI) The Odisha government today presented a Rs 1,20,028 crore budget for 2018-19 in the state Assembly with a focus on rural development and empowerment of youth and women.

Finance Minister S B Behera also presented a separate agriculture budget worth Rs 16,765 crore, around 134 per cent more than the Rs 7,162 provided in the first farm budget in 2013-14.

The government has decided to allocate Rs 10,000 crore initially to implement the Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM), health minister JP Nadda said on Thursday.

This amount is flexible and will be used to cover costs of setting up technology systems and verifying entitled beneficiaries in addition to paying premiums to states that are implementing the scheme through insurance models, the minister told reporters at a press briefing.

PUNE: Nearly three years into the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) for urban areas which promised “housing for all” by 2022, barely 8%, or 3 lakh of the 40.6 lakh houses targeted so far, have been constructed. The situation in the rural version of PMAY is better, but even there only 30%, or 28.8 lakh houses, have been completed against the 95.4 lakh targeted by the rural development ministry in 15 months since the plan was launched.

New Delhi: The ministries of agriculture and skill development on Tuesday signed an agreement to conduct training programmes for agriculture and allied sectors at 690 Krishi Vigyan Kendras across the country.

“We have entered an MoU with the skill development ministry to intensify the pace of skill development in 690 Krishi Vikas Kendras country-wide by training agricultural workforce,” agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh said.

India needs to form a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-like agency to have an integrated approach to both agricultural production and trade, to double agri-exports to $60 billion by 2022 from $30 billion now, according to the draft agri-export policy released by the commerce ministry on Monday.

Indian villages moving along the IT stream using mobile apps for rural development is a reality now. ‘Smart’ is part of their lexicon now, with each letter denoting new aspirations: ‘S’ for social security schemes, ‘M’ for modern urban amenities, ‘A’ for adoption of smart agriculture practices, ‘R’ for roads infrastructure and transportation and ‘T’ for tech-savvy, and the smartphone is helping bridge the rural-urban divide. Due to it, mobile apps are acting as platforms for social and behavioral changes among the rural population.

Hyderabad: The Rural Development Department has decided to implement a comprehensive action plan for addressing poverty and other issues in rural areas with an expenditure of Rs 6,258 crore in the next financial year through various schemes.

United Nations: India has shared with other countries its insights on empowering rural women and girls at an event on the sidelines of the meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women drawing on its many programmes.

India has said that gender equality and emancipation of rural women is a key driver of inclusive growth in the country, with discourse on women’s empowerment progressing from viewing women as recipients of welfare benefits to engaging them as active agents of change.

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