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Maharashtra asks banks not to divert PM-Kisan money to farmers' loan accounts -Radheshyam Jadhav

-The Hindu Business Line Pune: Noticing that some banks had diveRTEd the first instalment of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) scheme to farmers’ loan accounts, the Maharashtra government has instructed banks to return the money to farmers. Speaking to BusinessLine, Maharashtra’s Commissioner of Agriculture, Suhas Diwase, said that banks that had diveRTEd the PM-Kisan instalme

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The pillar stands -PC Mohanan

blication of the labour force survey report by the National Sample Survey Organisation has been the questions raised on the autonomy and independence of the Indian official statistical system. As repoRTEd in this newspaper, the possibility of junking the survey report in favour of more acceptable numbers from other sources are being explored. An objective understanding of the official statistical system would dispel many of the fears raised in this co

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Ensure a minimum income for all -Ram Singh

-The Hindu A basic income scheme will deliver benefits to the poor only if it comes on top of public services The idea of a universal basic income (UBI) is gaining ground globally. It has suppoRTErs among the political left and right, and among proponents as well as opponents of the free-market economy. A UBI requires the government to pay every citizen a fixed amount of money on a regular basis and without any conditionalities. Crucial to the

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Maharashtra: Drought and low prices worry gram growers in Marathwada -Partha Sarathi Biswas

-The Indian Express The state has repoRTEd 13.13 lakh hectare of chana acreage as compared to 19.77 lakh hectare last year. The acreage had come down this year due to moisture stress from the drought. Pune: Gram growers in the drought-hit district of Marathwada are facing reduced yield and low prices. Low demand and offloading stock by government agencies have dimmed the prices of good realisation for farmers this year. Farmers in Vidarbha

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GDP growth slows again in third quaRTEr

-The Hindu Govt. cuts FY19 growth estimate to 7%; Q3 growth estimated at six-quaRTEr low; agriculture, manufacturing contribute to slowdown GDP growth slowed for the third consecutive quaRTEr in the October-December 2018 period, according to data released on Thursday. Growth fell to 6.6% in the third quaRTEr, the lowest in the last six qua More »

Awareness of Ayushman Bharat scheme still low in TN -Radhika Merwin

-The Hindu Business Line The letter issued by the Centre carrying the PMJAY scheme details has helped to a great extent Ahead of her visit to Billroth private hospital in Chennai for coronary aRTEry bypass grafting (CABG), Girija had no clue to the Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CMCHIS), which had been running in the State for more than seven years. The treatment that carries a package cost of Rs. 92,500 was do

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Is the Modi Government Truly Committed to Rural Development? -Bharat Dogra

ompared to the original budget estimate this year for Rs 350 crore. In 2016-17, only Rs 153 crore out of the allotted Rs 297 crore were actually spent. In fact, for all years since this scheme was staRTEd under the Modi government, the expenditure has been significantly less than the allocation, although this is supposed to be a big priority for the government. Please click here to read more.

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Evict illegal occupants from forest land: Maharashtra -Vijay Pinjarkar

orest rights (IFRs) under FRA were received and accepted, and how many rejected. This information will have to be submitted to APCCF (conservation) at Van Bhavan, the state forest department's headquaRTErs at Nagpur. TOI is in possession of the order signed by Sunil Pandre, an undersecretary in the forest and revenue department. Please click here to read more.

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Smart farming in a warm world -Feroze Varun Gandhi

Madhya Pradesh, has been adversely impacted by climate change. It was once blessed with over 800-900 mm rainfall annually, but over the last seven years, it has seen this halved, with rainy days repoRTEd to be down to just 24 on average in the monsoon period. With rains patchy, crop failures become common. There is hardly any greenery in many villages, making it difficult for farmers to even maintain cattle. Adaptation is hard, with farmers varying a

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