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Income transfers are hottest trend in agricultural policy. But how do states identify beneficiaries? -Mridula Chari

were among thousands of farmers from the state’s 147 Assembly constituencies who were chosen to attend a rally where Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik would launch Kalia, the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood Income Augmentation, an income transfer scheme that aims to give 30 lakh small and marginal farmers Rs 10,000 per year. Neither Sahu nor Patel saw the launch. Worried they might get lost in the packed rally ground, the agricultural officer a

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Drought in Rajasthan: From unemployment to school dropouts, Barmer sees exodus for works as crops fail India -Sandeep Kumar Meel

hools in Siwana in July 2018 had dropped out by the end of the year. Most students enrolled in schools in Siwana and other drought-hit areas come from families that depend on agriculture for their Livelihood. Scanty rainfall the last monsoon destroyed the Kharif crop forcing several families to migrate in search of employment opportunities. These mostly included the nomadic and tribal communities of Bhil, Garasia, Jogi, Swami, Kalbelia, Gadiya, Loh

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Kalia stopped by Code, BJD asks: Then how is PM-Kisan OK? -Sampad Patnaik

. That is why they are attacking the CEO Odisha.” Bhubaneswar: The ruling BJD Monday alleged that the Odisha Chief Electoral Officer had stopped implementation of the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (Kalia) scheme, the state government’s direct transfer benefit for the agriculture sector, while allowing implementation of the Centre’s Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) scheme. The party said it

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Kerala Model of Urban Employment Guarantee -Surajit Das The scheme, which is similar to MGNREGS, is an employment-of-last-resort programme in order to provide minimum Livelihood security to the poorest of the poor in the urban areas in absence of enough employment opportunity in the economy. In the midst of increasing unemployment in the country, along with Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) for the rural poor, the state government of Kerala has an int

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These nomads from AP's Krishna district will vote for the first time -T Appala Naidu

to enrol as voters, enabling them to exercise their right to franchise in the general elections 2019. A nomadic tribe, the Yanadi in Krishna district have constantly been on the move in search of Livelihood opportunities from one season to the next. With a large number of families living in the mangrove forests and marshy lands to hunt wild crabs and fish and often travelling from place to place, the officials found it difficult to meet them. &

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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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