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Actionable programme for 2019 polls amidst lynch mobs, caste violence, hate mongering

he resources to address endemic poverty and inequalities, the country was subjected to an accentuation of cronyism and monopolistic control over resources with a resultant weakening of peoples’ Livelihoods. Text of the Preamble of the document: We are a group of concerned citizens – drawn from the world of scholarship, writing, law, administration and activism – with some experience in fields such as health, education, environm

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Government weighs options for pre-poll farm package -Vishwa Mohan

Rs 8,000 per acre per year, covering both Kharif and Rabi seasons) for purchase of inputs like seeds, fertilisers, pesticides and other investments. The ‘Kalia’ (Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation) scheme of Odisha, on the other hand, is meant to provide Rs 10,000 per family per year as assistance for cultivation. This is, however, not linked to the amount of land owned and therefore it will even support share-cro

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Dream crops or farmers' worst nightmare? -Vivek Waghmode, Sandeep Rai and Satyajit Joshi

considered the sugar bowls of the country, over unpaid cane crushing dues. Despite the problems which beset farmers, however, they have continued to cultivate a crop that means more to them than just Livelihood. Anger among farmers in Satara, Sangli and Kolhapur districts of Maharashtra over unpaid dues spilled out into the streets on January 12. A group of unidentified persons gathered outside Kranti Sugar Factory in Sangli district and Krishn

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Income transfer can ease farm distress -A Narayanamoorthy & P Alli

dly waived by seven States (Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kannada, Rajasthan, Punjab and Tamil Nadu). However, even after such massive loan waiver, there is no evidence to show that the Livelihoods of farmers have improved. Farm loan waiver cannot permanently cure the deep-rooted agrarian crisis. Those supporting loan waivers must understand that a large chunk of farmers still borrow from, among others, moneylenders and traders. As pe

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Removing the roots of farmers' distress -C Rangarajan & S Mahendra Dev

procured grain in later years or use them in welfare programmes. Some States have introduced farm support schemes, examples being the Rythu Bandhu Scheme (Telangana) and the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme (Odisha). One problem with the Telangana model is that it does not cover tenants, who are the actual cultivators. Basically, these schemes are income support schemes which will be in operation year after y

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Tenant farmers being left high and dry -B Yerram Raju

e and inclusive, tenancy is likely to further increase. Land being scarce, there is severe demand for it. Urbanisation has made inroads into the rural landscape. Tenancy and sharecropping have become Livelihood options in agriculture, to supplement incomes arising out of lesser availability of land. Please click here to read more.

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Chhattisgarh watershed project promises better income for small farmers

s in Chhattisgarh, that will lead to improvement in the cropping intensity in about 3,50,000 hectare of land. The project was launched in partnership with the Chhattisgarh government, Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation and Axis Bank Foundation. The focus is on initiating a community-led mechanism to enhance the productivity of natural resources to meet demands for food, fodder and fuel wood within the watershed in a sustainable manner. Prada

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Aruna Roy, well-known social and political activist, interviewed by Jipson John and Jitheesh PM (

and in a reflective exercise analyses their actions to find legislative and policy solutions through larger public action. Post-liberalisation, the rural economy has faced issues primarily affecting Livelihood, employment and shrinking state support. The people who are to receive benefits are the best situated to design and decide on policy and legislative frameworks. They know what will work well. The emergence of the MGNREGA was propelled by sma

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Rhetoric no salve for farm distress -PP Sangal

announced Rs.5,000 per acre yearly to 72 lakh peasant families, but restricting only to small/marginal families, unlike Telangana. Odisha, too, under its initiative called the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA), announced a special package of Rs.10,180 crore, in which 60 lakh small, marginal and landless farmers each would get Rs.10,000 in two instalments for rabi and kharif crops for three years. Lately, Maharashtra is

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Fabrication and falsification -Rajendran Narayanan

starvation or connected to MGNREGA — a lazy, convenient denial of any correlation. If implemented the proper way, MGNREGA, among other measures, can go a long way in improving the life and the Livelihoods of Chunni Devi and others like her. Not only is the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in the State and Centre demonstrating alarming indifference in this matter but is also covering up realities by curating information to suit its false na

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