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Disempowering gram sabhas -Chitrangada Choudhury

stlands were diverted, and for forest departments via compensatory funds. But how have the original inhabitants of these forests, already among the most marginalised, coped with the loss of homes and Livelihoods? A deafening silence meets these questions. We cannot find answers, yet, in Supreme Court hearings on a petition by a set of conservationists and former forest officers motivated, self-admittedly, by forest protection concerns. On February

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India needs policies to regulate 'bad food' and produce food sustainably, say experts at National Conclave on Food

and promoted in the country and its linkages with the growing burden of diseases. In her opening remarks, Sunita Narain, director general of CSE, said: “Food is linked to nutrition, nature and Livelihoods. We need strong regulations which can stop the ingress of chemicals, pesticides and antibiotics into our food andprotect us against ‘bad foods’high in fat, sugar or salt.” The Conclave focused on two broad themes -- sustai

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Analysis: What the Congress wants and the BJP doesn't -- a focus on demonetisation -Varghese K George

are far from being a reality. People who were initially sold on the idea that many would lose ill-gotten money have come around to note that reality has been different. The negative impacts on their Livelihoods have lingered on meanwhile. There is yet another reason that demonetisation will be the favourite topic for the Congress and nuisance for the BJP. One of the supposed benefits of the move was that it would end terror financing. With the Pul

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Why Adversarial Court Action Won't Solve Disputes Over Forest Governance -Kanchi Kohli and Manju Menon

challenging the constitutional validity of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 (FRA), have pit elite conservation against local forest Livelihoods and protection of wildlife versus Adivasi and forest-dwellers’ rights. This order came in an 11-year-old case where state governments were directed to initiate eviction proceedings against all rejected claims and submit action taken r

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Rural tourism opens up new Livelihood options for coastal communities -T Appala Naidu

omen procure it in huge quantity from the local farmers. The Beach Photographers Association with more than 100 members had recently passed a resolution fixing ?10,000 fee for membership to earn a Livelihood at the beach. However, one should belong to the local area or panchayat for membership. By early this year, women and youth from at least 10 coastal villages are eking out a Livelihood owing to th

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How NREGA helped in rebuilding Kerala, as well as provided Livelihood to people -Shiba Kurian

atershed moment for the state and its people in every sense, some for the good and some for the worse. While it claimed several lives and destroyed properties, it also left several people looking for Livelihood options. And post the floods, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme came a boon to the people, especially women and the elderly. According to a MGNREGA report, Kerala generated more than 5 crore person days in the financ

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Civil society protests eviction of Scheduled Tribes and OTFDs from forests

trying to dilute or if possible scuttle the FRA. In the vast forest hinterland of India, adivasis and other forest communities keep on using the law to defend their dignity, culture, sovereignty and Livelihoods, to prevent so-called development projects which benefit a handful of rich corporations but destroy people and their environments. It's in the interest of the present Government and its corporate allies that FRA is challenged, diluted, scr

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Missing: The woman farmer -Sakshi Rai

fallen upon women. When unpacking schemes for women farmers, the Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana (MKSP) is the only sub-programme under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM) particularly aimed at women farmers. The NRLM aims to reach out 8-9 crore rural poor households in an effort to organise 1 woman per household into self-help groups to take up organic farming in clusters. As per the ministry

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The PM-KISAN challenge -Aparna Roy

essive step, is it enough to mitigate India’s severe agrarian distress? The agriculture sector employs over 50% of the workforce either directly or indirectly, and remains the main source of Livelihood for over 70% of rural households. However, the droughts of 2014 and 2015, ad-hoc export and import policies, lack of infrastructure, and uncertainty in agricultural markets have adversely affected agricultural productivity and stability of farm

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