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Drought management for rural Livelihood security

Agriculture is not just a food producing machine but the backbone of the Livelihood of 60 per cent of Indians. The extensive drought spotlights a situation of mass rural deprivation and a mindset that is insensitive to it. But there are some encouraging signs. What should be done to meet the challenge?  There are reports in financial newspapers that the ongoing drought affecting nearly 200 districts in the country may not have much effect

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Taking goals of NREGA-I forward

(NREGA) promises a revolutionary demand-driven, people-centred development programme. Planning, implementation and social audit by gram sabhas and gram panchayats can engender millions of sustainable Livelihoods following initial rounds of wage employment. But NREGA-I has had to battle against the legacy of an ignominious past. Rural development programmes over the last 60 years have been dependent on the munificence of the state . They have been impl

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Multiplier accelerator synergy in NREGA

;s full potential. For NREGA is much more than an ad hoc relief programme dishing out doles (or what these days are more fashionably called direct cash transfers). It promises transformation of rural Livelihoods. To understand how NREGA can deliver on this potential, we need to grasp a curious unrecognised fact about agricultural labour in the most backward regions. Not many people know what data from the Rural Labour Enquiry of the National Sam

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Union Budget

-19 (R.E.) • Mission for Protection and Empowerment for Women - Rs. 1,366 crore in 2018-19 (B.E.) and Rs. 1,330 crore in 2019-20 (B.E.); Rs. 1,156 crore in 2018-19 (R.E.) • National Livelihood Mission - Ajeevika - Rs. 6,060 crore in 2018-19 (B.E.) and Rs. 9,524 crore in 2019-20 (B.E.); Rs. 6,294 crore in 2018-19 (R.E.) • Jobs and Skill Development - Rs. 5,071 crore in 2018-19 (B.E.) and Rs. 7,511 crore in 2019-20 (B.E.); Rs.

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Rural distress

  * Nagaraj, K (2008): Farmers’ Suicides in India, Magnitudes, Trends and Spatial Patterns, Macroscan   @ NCEUS (2007), Report on Conditions of Work and Promotion of Livelihoods in the Unorganised Sector OVERVIEW We are told that India withstood global recession on the strength of its rural market. While it is true that rural India’s potential for consumption is huge, the country is not even close t

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Forest and Tribal Rights

table but not alienable or transferable. Forest rights include among other things, right to hold and live in the forest land under individual or common occupation for habitation, self-cultivation for Livelihood, etc** • One of the most crucial aspects of the Forest Rights Act is the realization of forest rights within a protected area through declaration and demarcation of the “critical wildlife habitat” (CWLH)** • The pres

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Right to Food

period. This would require a) new survey in every state and UT, with wide public involvement, of remaining dry latrines and manual scavengers; b) demolition of all dry latrines; c) psycho-social and Livelihood rehabilitation in modern marketable skills of all manual scavengers and their families; and d) special programme for education, including higher education and computer education of all children of manual scavengers. The Ministry of Social Justi

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Impact on Agriculture

affected by land degradation and 25% of the geographical area is affected by desertification. About 69% of the country's land is drylands and degradation of this land has severe implications for the Livelihood and food security of millions ##   • The major process of land degradation is soil erosion (due to water and wind erosion), contributing to over 71% of the land degradation in the country ##   • Simul

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General Insecurity

of Home Affairs $ Ministry of Road Transport and Highways * Summary Report on Causes of Death in India (2001-2003) ** NCEUS (2007), Report on Conditions of Work and Promotion of Livelihoods in the Unorganised Sector   **page** According to the report titled: [inside]Report on Medical Certification of Cause of Death 2008 (published in 2013)[/inside], Office of the Registrar General, India, GoI, http

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Malnutrition

erlying determinants of nutrition, such as the Public Distribution System (PDS), which focuses on food security, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), which focuses on Livelihood security in rural areas, and the Swachh Bharat Mission, which is focused on sanitation. • Although a large amount of money is committed to nutrition-specific interventions, it falls $700 million short of the $6 billion per year Menon, M

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