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Sustaining India: Is There Anything to Choose Between BJP and Congress? -Ashish Kothari

down the catastrophic destruction of the environment. The actions it promises could help provide dignified livelihoods for 65-70% of Indians who depend directly on the natural environment, including Farmers, forest-dwellers, fishers, and craftspersons. These include a rejig of its flagship MNREGA programme to incorporate land-based work, and substantial focus on forest-fish-agriculture based livelihoods. Unfortunately, its main economic plank f

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FSSAI rules for organic Farmers 'pushing them out of business' -Meenakshi Sushma

d The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India's (FSSAI's) organic food labelling policy has created an adverse reaction at the ground level. The idea was introduced on July 1, 2018 to support Farmers and help consumers identify authentic organic produce, but labelling has pushed many Farmers out of business. The certification process is tedious and costly, and the FSSAI implemented in despite far

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Punjab assures timely payments for wheat to Farmers

-IANS Chandigarh: Dispelling the apprehensions of arthiyas (foodgrain commission agents), Punjab Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh on Thursday assured them that the prevalent system of payments to Farmers for their produce would continue during the ongoing Rabi Marketing Season (RMS) and timely payments would be made through the arthiyas. "The Chief Secretary asked the Food Department to ensure that payments to More »

Marathwada parched as watershed conservation remains neglected -Meena Menon

situation, which only seems to be deteriorating with each passing year, despite an occasional good monsoon. The fact that this drought-prone area is host to many sugarcane factories and sugarcane Farmers adds to the woes of Farmers. This year, though, sugarcane factories are also suffering due to the lack of water and the next crushing season could see a 50 percent drop in harvest, as many More »

Caught up in polls is a drought forgotten -Sayantan Bera

, Jharkhand, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, and West Bengal. For the drought-hit in these regions, the elections could not have come at a worse time. “We are getting water supply once in 15 days; Farmers have resorted to distress sale of cattle; crops like cotton and soybean have failed... yet local officials are unwilling to take note of our grievances using the election (model) code of conduct as an excuse," said Manik Kadam, a farmer from

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Necessary steps to ending poverty -Pulapre Balakrishnan

lace. An income-support scheme for any one section of the population is grossly inequitable. We can think of agricultural labourers and urban pavement dwellers as equally deserving of support as poor Farmers. While it is the case that at present agricultural subsidies go to Farmers alone, these are intended as production subsidies and so channelled due to the criticality of food production to all. Please

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'Nyay' money will go into accounts of 5 crore women: Rahul Gandhi

bha elections, has said Nyay assures up to Rs 72,000 a year or Rs 6,000 a month income to 20 per cent of India's poorest families. Addressing a poll rally, Rahul Gandhi also assured the crowd that Farmers won't be jailed for failure to repay loans, if the Congress comes to power. "If the likes of Anil Ambani are not in jail for not repaying loans, why should Farmers be in jail," he said.

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Promises to the Farmers -Ashok Gulati & Ritika Juneja

that most of these promises will be forgotten once the elections are over. Yet, one must look at manifestos which reflect the best intentions of the parties. We examine some of these with respect to Farmers and the poor, normally agri-labourers. Given that the full list is too extensive, we focus only on the big ticket promises. BJP’s sankalp patra (manifesto) promises to double Farmers’ inc

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Record paddy procurement may pay off for Congress in Chhattisgarh -Sidharth Yadav & Priscilla Jebaraj

besides offering a lucrative MSP [minimum support price], the government has streamlined the procuring process. It takes just a month to receive the payment and you do not come across long queues of Farmers outside cooperatives any more.” Stark change He feels three months is too short a period of time to judge the Congress government that took charge in Raipur after 15 years of the BJP. However, he thinks the stark change in the paddy pr

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Food inflation falls to lowest level since 1991 -Surojit Gupta

s to a string of factors including bumper crop, low demand, low global prices, and muted impact of increased minimum support prices (MSP). Low and stable food prices are good for everybody except Farmers, unless it is accompanied by increase in productivity. “I would attribute it to two factors—above the trend growth in farm produce in the last 3-4 years, and favourable global food prices,” says DK Joshi, chief economist with

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