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Multiplier accelerator synergy in NREGA

it was by the electorate five years ago. India’s countryside continues to be characterised by a sluggish agrarian economy, marred by malnourished children and anaemic women, as also suicide by Farmers in distress. But there is no question that NREGA has put money into the hands of the poorest of the poor on a scale that is unprecedented in the history of independent India. The concepts of the multiplier and accelerator borrowed from macro

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Rajiv Sewa Kendras for NREGS soon

After widening the ambit of the NREGS to include works on the private land of small and marginal Farmers, the Rural Development Ministry is now considering setting up a ‘mini secretariat’ named after Rajiv Gandhi at each Gram Panchayat. The Central Employment Guarantee Council (CEGC), which is slated to meet early next week, will be considering a proposal for creating Bharat Nirman Rajiv Gandhi Sewa Kendra for each gram panchayat

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Union Budget

ss) • Crop Insurance Scheme - Rs. 13,000 crore in 2018-19 (B.E.) and Rs. 14,000 crore in 2019-20 (B.E.); Rs. 12,976 crore in 2018-19 (R.E.) • Interest subsidy for short term credit to Farmers - Rs. 15,000 crore in 2018-19 (B.E.) and Rs. 18,000 crore in 2019-20 (B.E.); Rs. 14,987 crore in 2018-19 (R.E.) • Market Intervention Scheme and Price Support Scheme (MIS-PSS) - Rs. 200 crore in 2018-19 (B.E.) and Rs. 3,000 crore in 2019-2

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Key Facts

l green revolution states viz. Punjab, Haryana and in Western UP to diversify paddy area towards less water requiring crops like oilseeds, pulses, coarse cereal, agro-forestry and shifting of tobacco Farmers to alternative crops/cropping system in tobacco growing states viz. Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.   Food Availability   Accord

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Rural distress

  • The report entitled Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana: An Assessment from the Centre for Science and Environment (released on 21 July, 2017) finds that PMBY is not beneficial for Farmers in vulnerable regions. For Farmers in vulnerable regions such as Bundelkhand and Marathwada, factors like low indemnity levels, low threshold yields, low sum insured and default on loans make PMFBY a po

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Microcredit

es; these societies have a total membership of more than 120 million rural people making it one of the largest rural financial systems in the world## • As a separate group, 87% of marginal Farmers and 70% of small Farmers have no formal credit while 70% of marginal Farmers and 45% of small Farmers do not hav

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Forest and Tribal Rights

all ADCs and other political institutions. On livelihoods and employment status * Establish agro-based training institutions and labour-intensive processing industries in tribal regions. Tribal Farmers should be motivated to undertake organic farming and eco-forestry. Priority be given to water management and micro watershed development programmes. * Prevent tribal land alienation and restore alienated land to owners as per the provisions of

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Right to Food

level that makes agriculture unsustainable and poses risk to environment. If rice is one of the foodgrains that is going to be supplied when the Food Security Act comes into being, then more and more Farmers would go for cultivation of rice by looking at the price incentives offered by the Government. In the Punjab region, overexploitation of groundwater takes place thanks to the huge subsidies given on electricity. Moreover, minimum support prices (M

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Impact on Agriculture

ibutable to agricultural activities, including land use changes such as deforestation***   $ Reply by Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare to the unstarred question no. 2249 (dated 18 December 2015), which was raised in Rajya Sabha by P Bhattacharya on 'adverse effects of climate change on agriculture', (please click here to access)    @ Assessing fa

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Time Bomb Ticking

o rise by 3-4 degree Celsius by the end of the 21st century (Pathak, Aggarwal and Singh, 2012). These predictions combined with our regression estimates imply that in the absence of any adaptation by Farmers and any changes in policy (such as irrigation), farm incomes will be lower by around 12 percent on an average in the coming years. Unirrigated areas will be the most severely affected, with potential losses amounting to 18 percent of annual revenu

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