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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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Farmers and others -Christophe Jaffrelot

f the landless peasants have to leave their village, there is no need to help them to live there. Hence the fate of the MGNREGA. The MGNREGA was one of the most ambitious attempts at fighting mass Poverty in post-Independence India — it consisted in paying 100 days of minimum wages to any rural family affected by joblessness. Under Manmohan Singh, the state devoted large amounts of money to the MGNREGA, which represented upto 0.6 per cent of

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Govt unchains Ujjwala, LPG to reach all poor households

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: The Centre on Monday expanded the scope of its game-changer Ujjwala free LPG connection scheme to all poor households instead of BPL (below Poverty line) families identified by the 2011 socio-economic caste census and a set of other categories. Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan said the step approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs will lift LPG penetration to 100% households from 90% at present. He sa

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India must shift focus from food to nutrition security: IFPRI chief -TV Jayan

Hindu Business Line According to Shenggen Fan, India is suffering from the double burden of malnutrition, as well as over nutrition. New Delhi: If India has to contain high levels of hunger and Poverty in the country, it should shift its focus from food security to nutrition security, as done by Thailand and Bangladesh, said Shenggen Fan, Director General of the Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). “Ind

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She is the answer -Bina Agarwal

eem to recognise that Countries globally, including India, have agreed to fulfil the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), launched by the UNDP in 2016 as “a universal call to action to end Poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity”. Among the 17 goals and 169 targets to be achieved by 2030, SDG 5 on gender equality is seen as a key goal, both in itself and for achieving other goals. Many even c

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