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If you want to help Farmers -Ashok Gulati & Prerna Terway

promised time of 10 days. It may cost the state exchequers more than Rs 50,000 crore. The Congress president has also challenged the prime minister that he will not let him sleep unless loans of all Farmers are waived. He also scored a brownie point by saying that if government can “waive off” Rs 3.5 lakh crore for 15 business families, why not for millions of Farmers. Advertising So now, a

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Economists should try farming before opposing loan waiver: Chidambaram

nd Chhattisgarh — he said, “Farm loan waiver is imperative today. Our governments have responded to the dire needs of the situation.” In one district of Maharashtra, he said, 108 Farmers had committed suicide. “Out of 10 crore farming families, 5.28 crore are in debt, with the average debt being Rs.90,000 to Rs.1 lakh. How then will families repay the loan?” he said. Please click here to read more.

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Going Beyond Loan Waivers, Odisha Announces Farm Scheme Worth Rs 10,000 Crore

cial assistance of Rs 10,000 (distributed in two instalments for rabi and kharif seasons), life insurance cover of Rs 2 lakh and an additional accident cover of Rs 2 lakh. Apart from small and medium Farmers, the benefits will also be extended to sharecroppers, who are the actual cultivators, and landless agricultural labourers – an aspect unique to the scheme. In addition, the chief minister said, the financial assistance will also cover tho

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How Can We Understand India's Agrarian Struggle Beyond 'Modi Sarkar Murdabad'? -Alf Gunvald Nilsen

iberal reforms that have shaped India's political economy since the early 1990s, and it is therefore necessary to counter the crisis with a definite break with neo-liberalisation. When some 35,000 Farmers gathered in protest in Delhi during the last two days of November, their ire against the ruling dispensation in India was more than evident (Parth/PARI 2018). Chants of “Modi Sarkar Murdabad! Murdabad! Murdabad!” echoed through the str

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Clear bank dues when loans are waived: NABARD to states -Sidhartha

ver ignored their financial position. "The credit cycle stops if our dues are not cleared by the states," said a banker. With a large amount yet to be reimbursed banks go slow on lending to Farmers at a time when their non-performing assets soar due to Farmers stopping their regular loan repayments. At a recent state-level bankers' committee meeting in Karnataka, which announced a loan waiver e

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Now, Odisha and Jharkhand governments announce sops for Farmers

-PTI NEW DELHI: The Odisha and the Jharkhand governments on Friday joined the list of states doling out sops for Farmers after the Congress scripted wins in three states riding on the promise of farm loan waiver. While Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik announced the Rs 10,000-crore scheme for the overall development of Farmers in the state, Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das declared the Rs 2,

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Government eyeing quick fix for farm sector -Nistula Hebbar

urse these can only be short term as the Budget this time can only be a vote on account with no additional outlays. For example, the Telangana model of providing income support or subsidy per acre to Farmers (amalgamating all other subsidies given on fertilizer, seeds and so on) has been discussed but the problem with that is that it only benefits landowners and not tenant-Farmers. Legislation that was bein

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Powering agriculture via solar feeders -Ashwin Gambhir & Shantanu Dixit

urn-outs and power failures. Restoring supply takes a lot of time and so does getting new connections. Further, the supply is unreliable and often available during late nights. All these factors make Farmers distrustful of discoms. Electricity demand for agriculture is expected to double in the next 10 years and as the average cost of supply keeps increasing, the problem of agriculture subsidies will become worse. Unless new ideas are tried out, th

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The political economy of the persistent agrarian crisis -Himanshu

the real issues but also create disincentives which are detrimental to the long run prospects of agrarian revival. Apart from being iniquitous benefiting only the institutional borrowers and surplus Farmers, both of these are large drains on the financial resources of both states and the centre with the negative fallout of a decline in investment in agriculture. This has been the case at the central level with agricultural investments declining in re

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Elections 2019: India Shining 2.0 surfaces in Rural India -Sayantan Bera

ok charge…now the only option is to vote the BJP out in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections,” says Singh. When asked why he’s yet to marry, Singh promptly replies: “These days, even Farmers do not want to marry their daughter in a family dependent on agriculture…they don’t mind lowly government jobs or any job where incomes are regular and stable. My family may own 10 acres of land but I will not be able to spend even Rs

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