It's a great leap backward on the employment front in India's rural areas -Sayantan Bera
* The Narendra Modi government launched a host of schemes, but most of them have had no visible impact
* According to NSSO, joblessness among rural men in the 15-29 age group tripled to 17.4% in 2017-18, compared to that in 2011-12
Shiv Prasad has a plan—one that he feels can change his destiny. The daily wager from Uttar Pradesh’s Bundelkhand region has experienced crushing poverty, trying to provide for his 10-member family. Hunger has been a constant companion.
A few months ago, he returned to his village in Banda district from Lucknow where he worked for more than three months, laying electric poles. All he got paid was for 15 days. To make matters worse, two weeks ago, his 17-year-old son Baldev returned from Bilaspur, his hands singed by the searing heat of molten steel at the factory where he worked.
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