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Rural tourism opens up new Livelihood options for coastal communities -T Appala Naidu

omen procure it in huge quantity from the local farmers. The Beach Photographers Association with more than 100 members had recently passed a resolution fixing ?10,000 fee for membership to earn a Livelihood at the beach. However, one should belong to the local area or panchayat for membership. By early this year, women and youth from at least 10 coastal villages are eking out a Livelihood owing to th

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How NREGA helped in rebuilding Kerala, as well as provided Livelihood to people -Shiba Kurian

atershed moment for the state and its people in every sense, some for the good and some for the worse. While it claimed several lives and destroyed properties, it also left several people looking for Livelihood options. And post the floods, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme came a boon to the people, especially women and the elderly. According to a MGNREGA report, Kerala generated more than 5 crore person days in the financ

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Civil society protests eviction of Scheduled Tribes and OTFDs from forests

trying to dilute or if possible scuttle the FRA. In the vast forest hinterland of India, adivasis and other forest communities keep on using the law to defend their dignity, culture, sovereignty and Livelihoods, to prevent so-called development projects which benefit a handful of rich corporations but destroy people and their environments. It's in the interest of the present Government and its corporate allies that FRA is challenged, diluted, scr

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Missing: The woman farmer -Sakshi Rai

fallen upon women. When unpacking schemes for women farmers, the Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana (MKSP) is the only sub-programme under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM) particularly aimed at women farmers. The NRLM aims to reach out 8-9 crore rural poor households in an effort to organise 1 woman per household into self-help groups to take up organic farming in clusters. As per the ministry

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The PM-KISAN challenge -Aparna Roy

essive step, is it enough to mitigate India’s severe agrarian distress? The agriculture sector employs over 50% of the workforce either directly or indirectly, and remains the main source of Livelihood for over 70% of rural households. However, the droughts of 2014 and 2015, ad-hoc export and import policies, lack of infrastructure, and uncertainty in agricultural markets have adversely affected agricultural productivity and stability of farm

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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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