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Prof. Abhijit Sen, a former member of the erstwhile Planning Commission, interviewed by M Rajshekhar (

eryone has gotten into on the farmers issue, it will be difficult for states to say, ‘We will not join you’. And it is basically a politics we have done so far only for families below the Poverty line or for people willing to do manual work. Here, this is for the farmer. And the farmer can be anyone – a person with 10 acres, 20 acres [of land]. * There will be a competitive element here. If one state does this, others will have to

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Palanpur, a fascinating story of income growth, social change -Niranjan Rajadhyaksha

of the latest survey conducted in 2015 are filtering into the public domain. The broad story of Palanpur has been one of income growth as well as better social indicators over the past seven decades. Poverty has declined but the downside is that inequality has increased because some social groups have adapted to change better than others. Economic growth in Palanpur was initially driven by agriculture. The abolition of zamindari gave tenant farmers

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An attempt to understand and contextualise farmer suicides -MS Sriram

ps. These arguments are clever. On the one hand, they question the rigour of attributing causality, breaking up the triggers to smaller bits and putting them on a statistical significance like (a) Poverty is not a significant reason (b) smaller farmers are not committing suicides (c) indebtedness is not a significant reason or (d) bankruptcy is not a significant reason. On the other hand, they bring out alternative narratives— more lovers

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The safety net of the future -Pranab Bardhan

-The Indian Express Insecurity, more than Poverty or indebtedness, is the key economic issue that politicians must address If social inequality is the most acutely felt social problem in India, insecurity, more than Poverty, is the most acutely felt economic problem. While most measures suggest that only around one-fifth of the population today is under the official More »

Why the farmer suicide debate is counter-productive to understanding India's agrarian crisis? -Roshan Kishore

urers has always been significantly lower than the headline suicide rate since 2001. This trend holds for almost all states. However, it is also true that economic distress (bankruptcy, indebtedness, Poverty, crop failures, inability to sell their produce etc.) is a bigger cause of suicides among farmers in most states. This became apparent from the 2015 National Crimes Record Bureau (NCRB) statistics, which for the first time gave a reason-wise break

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How reviving traditional farming helped Kerala tribal communities become healthy -Sandeep Vellaram Due to Poverty and dependence on government rations, the communities had become malnourished and prone to several non-communicable diseases. But they soon realised that the solution to their woes was in their past. Three years ago, officials of the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary at Idukki in Kerala conducted a medical camp for the tribal natives residing in the sanctuary. While the officials were expecting to see widespread maln

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Invisible people: Aadhaar versus particularly vulnerable tribal groups -Jean Dreze

ent services out of reach of most PVTG children. Health centres, banks and administrative offices are far away and public transport is nil. Government officials rarely visit these hamlets. Isolation, Poverty and low education levels have turned PVTGs into sitting ducks for exploitative contractors and middlemen. In this situation, PVTG families depend critically on two entitlements for their survival: social security pensions and food rations from

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Going Beyond Loan Waivers, Odisha Announces Farm Scheme Worth Rs 10,000 Crore

hery kits for fishermen and women, mushroom cultivation and bee keeping,” he said. “The KALIA is historic and it will further accelerate agricultural prosperity in the state and reduce Poverty,” Patnaik was quoted as saying in the Indian Express. Taking a dig at the Congress, which has promised farm loan waivers in the state, Patnaik said that loan waivers only relieve farmers momentarily, but KALIA addressed the agrarian crisi

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Now, Odisha and Jharkhand governments announce sops for farmers

ome Augmentation (KALIA) scheme for the development of farmers in the state, CM Patnaik said. "KALIA is historic and it will further accelerate agricultural prosperity in the state and reduce Poverty," Patnaik told reporters after the state cabinet meeting chaired by him approved the scheme. Though the scheme did not have the provision of farm loan waiver, the Odisha chief minister asserted that "all the small and marginal farmers

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Himachal, Kerala and TN top development index

, with an SDG India Index score of 69. Among the UTs, Chandigarh is the front runner with a score of 68.” Tamil Nadu has a score 66, and is the top scorer on the goals to do with eradicating Poverty and also providing clean and affordable energy. “The aim of the index is to instil competition among States to improve their performance across social indices as the States’ progress will determine India’s progress towards ach

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