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Women sarpanchs tell UN how rural India's power structure is changing

cent in 20 of the 28 states -- was introduced, many women were acting as proxies for their male relative. UNITED NATIONS: Two women sarpanchs have brought to the UN the story of India changing the rural power structure by empowering women through a programme of gender equality that has 1.37 million of them serving as elected members of the panchayats. At an event on women's leadership here on Monday, sarpanch of a Himachal Pradesh panchayat, Kal

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Noted Gandhian economist Dr Sudarshan Iyengar interviewed by Rutam Vora (The Hindu Business Line)

riments. He was influenced by John Ruskin, and he thought that the life of a farmer and a labourer is the best. The farmer, for him, was the central point, and the only sustainable social order was a rural society. In the context of gram swaraj, a farmer’s life is necessarily one of cooperation, not competition. * Seen through the Gandhian prism, what are the roots of the current agrarian crisis? The finance model is at the fault. Our farm

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One big farm: A detailed look at Kerala's agriculture scenario -Dhinesh Kallungal

-The New Indian Express The area under cultivation in Kerala has seen a major drop over the decades due to urbanisation. But there is an increased interest among the rural and urban folks to go back to agriculture. Kerala has long been a consumer state, depending on neighbours to meet its food requirements. Though the state has unique and diverse agro-climatic conditions in various regions, which enable it to cultivate many types of crops, its

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What can be done to address the demand drought in our economy? -Suresh Seshadri

nd drought. A lack of jobs, or even where jobs are available — like in the new or digitally enabled “gig” economy — a tenuousness about the incomes from such work, the abiding rural distress, widening inequality and, interestingly, in the opinion of some economists, even the Reserve Bank of India’s successful targeting of inflation are all cited as contributors. The view on inflation is compelling as its proponents conten

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A rural stimulus: On MGNREGA wage hike

-The Hindu Putting more money in the hands of rural households will stir up the economy The government’s statistical machinery has begun work on revising the indices that capture the trends in consumer prices experienced in rural India. This opens up the prospect for an upward revision in the wages paid out to workers under the Mahatma Gandhi National rura

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From worst to best: How a Haryana village improved its sex ratio -Varinder Bhatia

of pregnancy (MTP) is required or has taken place, we keep a record of it”, Gulshan told The Indian Express. “It was not an easy task to change the psyche of people, especially in the rural areas. Imagine a scenario where the choice of contraception to be adopted by the married women was decided by their mothers-in-law. Repeated counselling, awareness campaigns, crackdown on quacks gradually helped us change people’s psychology,&

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Can we prevent rural suicides? Yes, it is possible, says a recent WHO-FAO publication

Almost one in every five suicides in the world is committed by self-poisoning with pesticide, which mostly occur in rural, agricultural areas of low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), states a new publication entitled 'Preventing Suicide: A resource for pesticide registrars and regulators'. Published jointly by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the booklet says that the

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Will our farmers be thrown out like stateless immigrants?

dia for decades. Their average uneconomical size of holdings is a mere 1.08 hectares. Hence, they remain vulnerable with little hope of escaping the category, unless they decide to migrate out of the rural sector in search of greener pastures of urban locales and manufacturing jobs. However, with low skills of the migrants and a slowing down of industry, such jobs are alarmingly scarce. They have to fall back on r

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Finance Ministry wants 2 'PM Kisan' instalments paid by month-end -Shishir Sinha

u Business Line The Finance Ministry has asked the Agriculture Ministry to complete the payout of two instalments of Rs.4,000 to farmers under the PM Kisan scheme by September 30. This is to boost rural demand in the coming festival season. PM Kisan or Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi is an income support scheme. It provides Rs.6,000 in three equal instalments annually. Initially, the coverage was limited to small and marginal farmers (roughly

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How rural inflation is playing out -Keerthi Sanagasetti

-The Hindu Business Line Low food inflation and high services inflation in rural India is doing more bad than good for the rural population CPI Inflation in August came in at benign 3.21 per cent, although it recorded a marginal uptick from July. A deeper look at the numbers brings out the widening disparity between the urban and rural inflation. More »

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