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PM-KISAN challenge: Centre may end up spending only a fifth before elections -Jitendra

e marginal (up to 1 hectare) or small (1-2 hectare). But they totalled only 47.3 per cent of India’s crop land (157.14 million hectares). Thus, the country’s 12.6 crore small and marginal Farmers together owned 74.4 million hectares. But how does the government reach them? The status of land-holding records are not uniform across states, nor are the levels of bank accounts linked with Aadhar — the potential gateway for the Centre

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Maharashtra cane Farmers wait for dues, offered sugar as currency -Partha Sarathi Biswas

s, had no other option. The Sugar Commissioner of Maharashtra, Shekhar Gaikwad, had issued orders on January 29 for the attachment of properties of 39 mills across the state for non-payment of FRP to Farmers. Pune: With payment arrears to cane growers during the current crushing season that started last October at over Rs 4,800 crore already, cash-strapped sugar mills in Maharashtra have come up with a new formula to address the problem. They will

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Education and Employment Drew Blanks in the Interim Budget -Kiran Bhatty

ush Goyal, presenting the interim budget, called it a road map for peoples’ development – a fitting description for an election year budget. Accordingly, it contained the expected sops to Farmers (income support), to the middle class and home owners (increase in income tax and rental income thresholds) and to workers (social security in terms of health and pensions), as the big-ticket announcements. The reining in of the fiscal deficit

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Reclaiming the Republic: Civil society group sets agenda for poll

a poll. The comprehensive list includes judicial and electoral reforms, repeal of laws which threaten personal liberties, enactment of a Media Freedom Bill, higher crop prices and loan waivers for Farmers, universal pensions, expansion of the rural jobs scheme, and the rehaul of the public education and health systems among others. The group does not support universal basic income or cash transfer schemes. Urgent reforms The group has invited

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Will the budget actually benefit Farmers? -Jayati Ghosh

-The Telegraph There are enormous questions about implementation, and the first issue is that of identifying the Farmers Everyone expected the Narendra Modi government to do something big — or at least promise something big — before the general elections. Everyone also sensed that it would be something to do with Farmers, one of the economic and social concerns that have now also become

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With an ocean of salt -Rajeev Gowda

The interim budget is overflowing with announcements aimed at targeting different sections of voters. But it is instructive to see who is left out. The Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana targets land-owning Farmers, when it is actually landless labourers and tenant Farmers who are experiencing rural distress more acutely. As has been the pattern of this government’s budgets, they have been ignored once again

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Why Universal Basic Income is Fraught With Serious Problems -Prabhat Patnaik

me guarantee scheme for the poor, and with the general anticipation that the Narendra Modi government’s last budget will also announce an income support scheme in some form, at least for “Farmers”, the idea of a “universal basic income” for the Indian population is once more in the air. This idea was mooted two years ago in the Government of India’s Economic Survey, though it was meant only for discussion and repres

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MGNREGA workers in Jharkhand demand increase in wages and number of days of guaranteed work

education for their children. Addressing workers in Manika, James Herenj, Convenor of Jharkhand NREGA Watch said that NREGA can change the fortunes of a poor state like Jharkhand. But workers and Farmers of the state are not able to claim their rights because of lack of political commitment. It is not just limited to NREGA but extends to food security, nutrition and health. Stressing on the importance of social security pensions and maternity enti

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There is so much confusion about the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana

families, having cultivable land upto 2 hectares, will be provided direct income support at the rate of Rs. 6,000/- per year, which will be transferred directly into the bank accounts of beneficiary Farmers, in three equal instalments of Rs. 2,000/- each. He added that nearly 12 crore small and marginal farmer families are expected to benefit under the PMKSN programme. Most commentators and journalists based on the latest available Agriculture Ce

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Budget 2019: Farmer payout Rs 6,000 won't cost much but won't mean much either -Harish Damodaran

-The Indian Express Under the Pradhan Mantri — Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme, all Farmers cultivating up to two hectares (5 acres) will get direct income support of Rs 6,000 annually, payable in three equal instalments of Rs 2,000 each. Work out the basic arithmetic of a farm’s expense — fertiliser, machinery, fuel, seeds — and an annual Rs 6000-payout, an average of Rs 16.40 a day, doesn’t add up to much. In fact

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