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The self-employment conundrum -Arindam Gupta

and bankruptcy code banks now have 180 days to sort out a non-payment against bank loan and regularize payment without initiating proceedings against defaulters. After that, proceedings have to be staRTEd within 15 days. The strict norms do not provide breathing space to new businesses suppoRTEd mostly by bank loans. A number of schemes have been launched to prove the intention of fulfilling the promise

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Holes in the safety net -Mallica Joshi

her parents walked her to school, she craned her neck to try and take in the expanse of the building she thought would be her second home for the next 12 years. A week ago, however, that dream staRTEd to collapse when her parents were called to the school. “The principal sat us down and told us that they would no longer support our child till Class XII unless we staRTEd paying the fee. She said

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Farmers in western TN demand social security -T Ramakrishnan

izhaga Vivasayigal Sangam and a farmer based out of Karugur, about 25 km from Krishnagiri, is a frustrated man these days. “Even the so-called big farmers, who own five or six acres, have staRTEd going to Bengaluru, where they are working as daily-wage labourers. This only shows they are unable to sustain their basic occupation – farming,” Mr. Ramagoundar laments, adding that farmers leave their native places to work as coolies on

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Rural India buying less of consumer products due to falling income -Viveat Susan Pinto & Shally Seth Mohile

erate a large chunk of sales in rural India. Their chief executives say slowing economic growth and falling rural wages are leading to a sharp fall in demand, one that will reflect in the next few quaRTErs. A longer winter season has delayed offtake of summer season products. A liquidity crisis is also pinching the dealers and wholesalers, unable to stock afresh. Tractor sales, often considered a proxy of the rural economy, have been muted since De

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NITI Aayog VC's remarks against Cong's 'NYAY' violated poll code: EC

o;NYAY’ and said the comments violated the model code of conduct norms. In a communication sent to Mr. Kumar, the EC asked him to be cautious in future while making statements. The EC asseRTEd that the public servants should not only be impartial in their conduct but also in their public utterances, “which was found wanting in the instant case”. On March 27, the poll panel had sought Mr. Kumar’s response on his remarks

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Revalidate signal to labour bureau on Mudra job creation data -Basant Kumar Mohanty

l security on the campaign trail, had cited Mudra in an interview with Republic TV last week and suggested that at least 4 crore people had taken money for the first time and “they must have staRTEd some employment, they must have employed somebody”. If the figure of 4 crore new loans is correct and the revalidated data fall below that, it would suggest that some of those who took the loans might already have been employed elsewhere. In

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What's forest governance without local hand -Sharachchandra Lele

ase filed by wildlife groups questioning the validity of the Forest Rights Act (FRA). The issue ?rst emerged with the colonial takeover of India’s forests when abundant forest wealth was diveRTEd to meet the economic needs of the colonial rulers. Although procedures for the settlement of rights existed under the Indian Forest Act, 1927, these were hardly followed. The forest dwellers continued to be marginalised, even after independence. The

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Systemic transformation in agriculture must put the farmer at the centre -Arunabha Ghosh

um in Vijayawada, up to two-and-a-half times per unit compared to what she would earn if the crops had been grown with chemical fertilisers and pesticides. Her input costs have fallen by half to a quaRTEr. Usha has also taken a loan of more than Rs 100,000 to build a store from where to sell her inoculants of natural fertilisers and pesticides. Her income (including from the shop) is nearly five times what she earned from conventional farming. Agri

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Why the Kaveri Delta Is Shrinking, and Farm Productivity With It -KA Shaji

rating into wastelands. To substantiate his claim, Vimal Nathan quoted findings of a study by S. Janakarajan, a retired faculty member with the Madras Institute of Development Studies (MIDS). SuppoRTEd by Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), the study had focused on change in land use patterns of the delta region in the last four decades. Based on his field level research, spread over three years, Janakarajan says that the delta shrun

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