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Battle for Maharashtra: Bread and butter at the heart of the political discourse in Vidarbha -CL Manoj

r-centre’ from the traditional Western region to Vidarbha, particularly Nagpur, the home-pitch of union minister Nitin Gadkari and chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, besides being the RSS headquaRTErs. Comprising 11 districts of Nagpur and Amaravati divisions, Vidarbha has over 20% of the state’s population and is the land of perennial agrarian crisis and farmers’ suicides. Barring Nagpur and Chandrapur, where the development work

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MGNREGA wages fall below minimum wage in 34 states, Union Territories -Shalini Nair

t on a par for the first time. Last week, the Centre effected an average annual MGNREGA wage hike of 2.16 percent for the financial year 2019-20, the lowest since the social security scheme was staRTEd in 2006. Yet, it’s only in Nagaland that the MGNREGA wage is higher than the state’s minimum wage. Last year, The Indian Express had repoRTEd that in 2018-19, MGNREGA wages were below the mi

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Demonetisation triggers 1400 per cent rise in suspicious transaction reports: Financial Intelligence Unit

snooping unit of the country has compiled comprehensive data of such instances, including fake currency deposits, for the year 2017-18. This is the highest-ever figure of STRs since the FIU first staRTEd the regime over a decade ago. The FIU is the central agency under the Union finance ministry that analyses suspicious financial transactions pertaining to money laundering, terror financing and serious instances of tax frauds and crimes. Please

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Rural distress is real: Negative monthly growth of real wage rates witnessed in rural areas for 9 consecutive months, starting from November 2017

kers; Plumbers; Electrician; Construction Workers (for roads, dams, industrial & project construction work & well diggers); LMV & Tractors drivers; Non-agricultural labourers (including poRTErs, loaders); and Sweeping/ Cleaning Workers. The average daily wage rate in agricultural/ non-agricultural/ combined occupations is the arithmetic mean of the nominal daily wage rate in 12 different farm occupations/ 13 different non-farm occupati

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YV Reddy, former Reserve Bank of India governor and chairperson of the 14th Finance Commission, interviewed by Roshan Kishore (Hindustan Times)

mfortable vis-à-vis this issue. Not just state governments, but markets, economists and other data users are also concerned. I am confident that the issue of data and its reliability will be soRTEd by the GoI in the next few months. But if the uncertainty continues, the 15th FC might have another problem on its hands. Q. India has witnessed relatively lower inflation growth in the last few years. Do you see this adversely impacting revenue g

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Everybody loves a farmer -Vijoo Krishnan

to appear to be doing something about the deepening agrarian crisis. The promises of loan waivers came in a flurry, but to the beaten peasant, they appeared to be too little, too late. Soon, sops staRTEd raining . Every political party with the reins of power in its hands suddenly fell in love with the battered peasant. Sops galore In Rajasthan, where the Congress capitalised politically from the struggles by peasant organisations such as the A

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Is farmer income support a sustainable solution? -Sanjiv Phansalkar

This can realistically be created only for a subset of all possible crop choices that farmers have. Declaration of MSP backed by procurement structures eliminates market risks and thus make the suppoRTEd crops more attractive. This tends to make farmers prefer them. Such a policy was useful when India was deficit in cereals and oilseeds, but now the economy is headed for a surplus situation, at least medium term. Therefore, this policy creates pro

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A bridge to nowhere -Sakina Dhorajiwala & Jean Dreze

-The Hindu Poor people are running from pillar to post as the Aadhaar payment bridge routinely obstructs their welfare benefits Perhaps you will remember “l’affaire AiRTEl” — the mass diversion of LPG subsidies to AiRTEl wallets that came to light in 2017. Many of the wallets were unwanted, or even unknown to the recipients. Those affected, fortunately, included millions of m

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Minimum income guarantee Congress' surgical strike on poverty: Rahul Gandhi

arantee scheme, a promise he made to electors on Monday, as a surgical strike on poverty. Separately, the Congress asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP to spell out whether or not they suppoRTEd the plan. “They did Demonetisation and Gabbar Singh Tax. We will give NYAY and a real GST. NYAY = Surgical Strike on Poverty = 72,000 Rs a year to India’s poorest 20 per cent,” Mr. Gandhi wrote on Twitter. 'Women-centric move'

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Wetland authority to ban summer paddy cultivation to save groundwater -Keshav Agrawal

ummer paddy that survives only on the groundwater.   According to an estimate of the state agriculture department, summer paddy — the transplantation of which has already been staRTEd — is produced in around 3.5 lakh hectares in more than 20 districts of western UP stretched up to the Tarai region. The decision was taken by SWA chief executive officer Vibhash Ranjan on World Water Day — under which the United Nation

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