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Cooking with gas, not wood -Sangita Vyas & Aashish Gupta

-The Hindu Under the PM Ujjwala Yojana, rural areas that still rely on solid fuel can be encouraged in three ways to use clean fuel When we introduced ourselves to Kishan Kumar Dubey, he remembered that we had visited his home four years ago. Mr. Dubey was a respondent in our study conducted on solid fuel use in 1,550 households between August and December 2018. Wearing glasses, Mr. Dubey sat on his bed in a pucca house with green stone floori

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Now, sanitary pads for Rs 1 at Jan Aushadhis -Sushmi Dey

ins - available in a pack of four - will be sold at a subsidized price under the brand 'Suvidha' at 5,500 such stores across the country. The move assumes significance as many women, especially in rural areas, still use pieces of cloth and rags during their menstruation period. Unaffordability of sanitary napkins is often the primary reason for this, though lack of awareness is also seen as a problem. Use of cloth and other unhygienic means, not

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Dip in tractor sales indicate further deepening of rural distress

In the financial year 2017-18 when tractor sale touched new heights, it was said by many of the NDA (viz. National Democratic Alliance) government supporters that rural demand has revived on account of adequate monsoon rainfall and higher minimum support prices for crops. Many economists and newspaper columnists also denied the existence of any rural distress. An alternative perspective, however, was a

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FMCG companies red-flag gathering rural slowdown -Pranav Mukul & Anil Sasi

-The Indian Express There is an emerging consensus among FMCG majors that, like their automobile counterparts, the impact of the slump is more evident in rural India and that, in geographical terms, the north is the worst hit. New Delhi: The impact of the deepening consumption slowdown is being felt beyond discretionary purchases such as vehicles and durables with fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies manufacturing small-ticket items su

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For India Inc's sob story, Sitharaman has a sop story. But will it help? -Aunindyo Chakravarty

poke of the crisis in chai-biskoot sales. About how the poor aren’t even able to buy a Rs 5-packet of biscuits. About the oversupply of tea in the market, and the crash in tea prices. About how rural India has stopped buying toothpaste and undies. Dire warnings were given about massive job-cuts in the offing. Parle, makers of India’s largest selling biscuit Parle-G, said they would have to lay-off 10,000 people, unless the government lo

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Delayed monsoon, weak rural economy took toll on tractor sale

-The New Indian Express The industry has warned that this trend may continue if no stimulus is given to boost rural demand. Delayed monsoon, weak rural economy, tightened liquidity scenario, and the vicious cycle of droughts and floods have dragged down the demand for tractors, which is already witnessing slowdown since the start of this fiscal. The industry has warned that this trend may continue i

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Why rural India can't afford to buy biscuits -Roshan Kishore

-Hindustan Times Unfortunately, there is no high frequency income or consumption data for the Indian economy. What we do have is monthly data for rural wages, which is available until June 2019. On Wednesday, media reports said that India’s leading biscuit-maker Parle Products Private Limited could cut up to 10,000 jobs as “slowing economic growth and falling demand in the rural heartla

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Slowdown in sale of biscuits and cookies: A blip in rural consumption or premiumisation of eatables? -Himadri Buch The Rs 35,000 crore biscuit industry has several players, the top most being the Britannia and Parle, which accounts for 70 percent of the industry’s volume and revenues. Subdued rural growth has begun to show up in the cookies category of eatables, especially your tea-table humble biscuit plates. Reports have emerged that the staple biscuits category like Parle-G has slowed down in rural More »

Agri families borrow more, eat less to cope with kin's suicide: study -Sayantan Bera

. Spread across four states—Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana—that accounted for the maximum number of suicides, the study was conducted by the National Institute of rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR), Hyderabad, and submitted to the NHRC in March. Major coping strategies adopted by such families were informal borrowing (27% households), formal loans (21%), reducing consumption of food items like milk an

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13 States, UTs improve their water management practices -Jacob Koshy

w well States have done on groundwater and surface water restoration, implementing major and medium irrigation projects, watershed development, participatory irrigation management, on-farm water use, rural and urban water supply, and policy and governance. These indicators were broken down into 28 objective indicators that include determining whether the State had policies and infrastructure in place to conserve groundwater, or its performance in p

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