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Why KALIA may be better option than loan waiver in supporting big, small farmers

scheme launched by the state — includes payments to everyone from big farmers and landless cultivators to farm agricultural labourers. The scheme name abbreviated for Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation, launched last month, includes payments to encourage cultivation and associated activities. It completed its first phase of registration on Tuesday. “Unlike a loan waiver, (through which) banks appease a few far

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India's Cow Crisis Part 4: The stigma of Mewat -Jitendra

each the market from his village, Rehan Tappar in Haryana’s Nuh district. Stringent legislations in states after states have left the livestock economy in a lurch; they have criminalised the Livelihood of cattle traders and cattle keepers. This Mewat area has been one of the worst-hit. Fifteen of the 20 incidents of killing over cow vigilantism in the last two years were related to movements of cattle. While perpetrators of murders are yet

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Farmer producer bodies need help -BS Suran / N Lalitha

-The Hindu Business Line FPOs are for the small producer, typically left out by schemes and sops. They need not just inputs but marketing support Agriculture provides Livelihoods to millions of small landholders in India. A few government initiatives to support farmers — such as increased MSP, interest subsidies, free electricity, and loan waivers — reach a limited percentage of farmers and, hence, have a limited impact. The Tel

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P Sainath, acclaimed journalist and Founder-Editor of the People's Archive of Rural India, interviewed by Anuradha SenGupta (

upta, Sainath makes a case for state intervention in agriculture and says the Modi government, with its shifting positions and policies like demonetisation has only aggravated the assault on agrarian Livelihoods. Dismissing the buzz about imminent new initiatives for farmers as political business as usual, P Sainath outlines why Parliament must convene an urgent special session if we want a comprehensive, long term fix to this distress. * Anu

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India's Cow Crisis Part 2: Threat of decline looms over livestock economy after 35 years' growth -Jitendra

-Down to Earth The circular economy of cattle has ruptured, threatening Livelihoods of India’s poorest. The value output of the livestock economy is Rs 9.18 lakh crore, managed mostly by small and marginal farmers It is almost a year since Rahamdin Khan hasn’t got any good sleep. A resident of Khoabas, a bucolic village of 500 households at the foothills of Aravalli mountain range in Rajasthan’s Alwar district, Rahamdin witne

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Why Can't Muslim Community Build and Run Modern Schools Like Others: Zameer Uddin Shah -Mohd. Imran Khan

eforms to give a new look to madrasas. He said his attempt at modernisation at Nadwa did not succeed, adding that imparting Islamic and Qur’an education is proper but madrasa students also need Livelihood, like others. He pointed out that the condition of the Muslim community today was exactly what it was in 1857. “The community is victimised, marginalised, impoverished and at the bottom of development indicators. The British took spec

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The Human Cost of Delhi's Quick-Fix Pollution Control Measures -Akhil Kumar

ks to prepare for competition [government exams],” he says. Paswan, a father of five, works at a steel melting furnace in the area. He is one of the thousands of workers staring at a loss of Livelihood because of factories being ‘sealed’ as a measure to curb air pollution. Informal workers in such factories across Delhi earn anywhere between Rs. 7,000 – 10,000 every month, much below minimum wages and barely enough to man

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New CRZ norms may upset coastal ecology -KS Sudhi

ded that the fragile coastal belt may be further battered by the construction boom. The new regulation has ignored the principles of conservation of coastal ecosystem and protection and protection of Livelihood options of fishermen, they said. According to B. Madhusoodana Kurup, a former Vice Chancellor of Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies, the new notification has undermined the very foundations of the CRZ regime. Please click he

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Kerala's alternative to farm loan waivers has lessons for India -Nidheesh MK

anks solve NPA (non-performing asset) problems.” This is a model that could be emulated across the country, said Patnaik. “The whole point was to look at the farmer. Agriculture is the Livelihood of a peasant. If you do not make enough, you cannot take your child to the hospital.” The debt relief commission is beneficial to most farmers, even though it works at a snail’s pace, said P. V. Rajappan, a rice grower from Keral

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Invisible people: Aadhaar versus particularly vulnerable tribal groups -Jean Dreze

of 2011. All of them belong to the Parhaiya community. They came across as uprooted people, who have been deprived of their traditional resources and are now struggling to latch on to new sources of Livelihood. PVTG families in the area used to subsist mainly on forest-based activities such as hunting, gathering, selling minor forest products (roots, berries, wood, mahua, tendu, lac, herbs, among others) and manufacturing simple items from straw,

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