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Foodgrain output to stay below 2013-14 level, predicts agriculture ministry

Foodgrain output to stay below 2013-14 level, predicts agriculture ministry

Till recently agricultural production in the current crop year was expected to be adversely affected by drought situation in more than 10 states, apart from hailstorms and excessive rainfall that happened in March. However, if one were to believe a recent forecast made by the Ministry of Agriculture, the overall foodgrain production in the country this crop year is anticipated to remain almost the same as last year. In 2014-15, total foodgrain output was 252.02 million tonnes, while this year...

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Open letter from NREGA workers put Govt. to shame

Open letter from NREGA workers put Govt. to shame

It seems that not only civil society activists, but even the poor and marginalized themselves are not happy with the Centre’s social welfare policies. Following the recent protest by 150 eminent persons regarding failure of the NDA Government to take-up urgent measures for employment generation and ensuring food, nutrition &...

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Rising elderly population needs a broad-based support system

Rising elderly population needs a broad-based support system

Although the focus of erstwhile UPA and the present NDA government has been to achieve higher economic growth by reaping the 'demographic dividend', a recent report from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) informs us that a substantial chunk of the population underwent ageing during the last 60 years. The report entitled...

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