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MS Swaminathan, father of Green Revolution, interviewed by Jitheesh PM & Jipson John (

he First World Food Prize he received in 1987. The foundation  works to advance the use of science for agricultural and rural development and for dissemination of technology to improve lives and Livelihoods of tribal and rural communities. In this interview conducted at MSSRF, Chennai, Swaminathan, 93, speaks on a range of issues — including the Green Revolution, the current state of agriculture in India, farmer suicides, minimum support

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In Uttarakhand, Young Women Lead an Exodus from Mountain Villages -Kumar M Tiku

nger pours from every heart as locals wonder why the state turns a blind eye to its chronic under-development. Extreme water distress across much of Uttarakhand cannot be separated from the crisis of Livelihood that plagues young people. Arvind Singh, a pradhan in Bhainsora village, some ten miles outside Pauri, told me that for youth and senior citizens, staying on in the village is an act of extreme majboori. Water shortages for months, farm work

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For the voices on the forest fringe -Anamitra Anurag Danda

sts of the Sunderbans have no dwellers; nevertheless the JSM must be commended for spotting an opportunity and articulating the demands of forest-fringe dwellers who depend on ecosystem resources for Livelihood. Forty-six revenue villages are along the current forest fringe in the Sunderbans. These were settled at different times during the colonial period except Jharkhali in Basanti block that came to be settled post-Independence. Most of the popu

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Prioritising housing needs of slum-dwellers is not only a moral imperative but now a legal one -Eklavya Vasudev

s not gone far enough to protect substantive rights of slum dwellers. For instance, in Olga Tellis v. Bombay Municipal Corporation, the Supreme Court held that the right to life includes the right to Livelihood but did not indicate specific reliefs. In Sudama Singh v. Gov. of Delhi, the Delhi High Court laid down safeguards and procedures to be followed by government agencies before proceeding to remove jhuggis/slums, but confusion remained as to whet

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Everybody loves a farmer -Vijoo Krishnan

the event of the death of any farmer aged between 18 and 60, to his/her family. In Odisha, the government headed by the Biju Janata Dal’s Naveen Patnaik came up with the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA). This scheme aims to reach 92 per cent of the farmers, including 10 lakh landless farmers who will be supported for goat rearing, beekeeping, mushroom cultivation, poultry farming and fisheries. Please click

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Income transfers are hottest trend in agricultural policy. But how do states identify beneficiaries? -Mridula Chari

were among thousands of farmers from the state’s 147 Assembly constituencies who were chosen to attend a rally where Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik would launch Kalia, the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood Income Augmentation, an income transfer scheme that aims to give 30 lakh small and marginal farmers Rs 10,000 per year. Neither Sahu nor Patel saw the launch. Worried they might get lost in the packed rally ground, the agricultural officer a

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Drought in Rajasthan: From unemployment to school dropouts, Barmer sees exodus for works as crops fail India -Sandeep Kumar Meel

hools in Siwana in July 2018 had dropped out by the end of the year. Most students enrolled in schools in Siwana and other drought-hit areas come from families that depend on agriculture for their Livelihood. Scanty rainfall the last monsoon destroyed the Kharif crop forcing several families to migrate in search of employment opportunities. These mostly included the nomadic and tribal communities of Bhil, Garasia, Jogi, Swami, Kalbelia, Gadiya, Loh

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Kalia stopped by Code, BJD asks: Then how is PM-Kisan OK? -Sampad Patnaik

. That is why they are attacking the CEO Odisha.” Bhubaneswar: The ruling BJD Monday alleged that the Odisha Chief Electoral Officer had stopped implementation of the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (Kalia) scheme, the state government’s direct transfer benefit for the agriculture sector, while allowing implementation of the Centre’s Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) scheme. The party said it

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Kerala Model of Urban Employment Guarantee -Surajit Das The scheme, which is similar to MGNREGS, is an employment-of-last-resort programme in order to provide minimum Livelihood security to the poorest of the poor in the urban areas in absence of enough employment opportunity in the economy. In the midst of increasing unemployment in the country, along with Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) for the rural poor, the state government of Kerala has an int

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These nomads from AP's Krishna district will vote for the first time -T Appala Naidu

to enrol as voters, enabling them to exercise their right to franchise in the general elections 2019. A nomadic tribe, the Yanadi in Krishna district have constantly been on the move in search of Livelihood opportunities from one season to the next. With a large number of families living in the mangrove forests and marshy lands to hunt wild crabs and fish and often travelling from place to place, the officials found it difficult to meet them. &

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