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The political economy of the persistent agrarian crisis -Himanshu

production are not just simplistic but are also naïve in a country where starvation deaths and malnutrition continue to make headlines. While there are a combination of factors, including unneceSSAry imports, market restrictions and oversupply in some commodities, it is also a result of severe demand deflation in the economy, particularly the rural economy. The inconvenient truth about the decline in agricultural product prices is also the la

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65-day, 10,000-km yatra to end sexual violence -Pranay Prakash

-The Hindu Dignity March will be flagged off at Somaiya Ground in Sion today Mumbai: On Thursday, about 5,000 survivors of sexual abuse and aSSAult will embark on a 65-day national walk that will span 10,000 km through 200 districts in 24 States and Union Territories. The Dignity March, which was announced by survivor-focused organisation Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan on Wednesday, will begin at Somaiya Ground in Sion on Thursday at 11.30 a.m. The

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MGNREGA's information system flawed, misguiding -Debmalya Nandy

er rules, this should not be done. Almost everywhere, one can find payments made in advance to the vendors. While the website shows that material payment is made in a particular scheme, it is not neceSSAry that the same has been supplied at the worksite. 4. There is a growing pile of evidence which shows that genuine job cards are being randomly deleted by the administration to meet the 100 per cent DBT(Direct Benefit Transfer) targets and hence th

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How The Modi Government is Killing Off MGNREGS -Subodh Varma

ortured death by the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance government through a relentless funds squeeze, delays in payments, technological glitches and lack of any avenue for grievance redreSSAl. Analysis of official data and ground reports from across the country shows that an increasing number of people are being refused work every year, the paucity of funds is causing spending to overshoot every year, payment of hundreds of crore rupees a

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Without Rise in Farm Income, Congress' Loan Waivers Won't End Rural Distress -Kabir Agarwal

ed to solve the low income problem. If governments are unable to ensure that rural incomes go up, rural indebtedness could soon be back at the same level where it stands now. Loan waivers will be neceSSAry once again, and the cycle will be repeated. Social scientist Yogendra Yadav, who is also one of the leaders of the farmers movement in the country, says that loan waivers in isolation are not enough. “Loan waivers are nece More »

Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel waives farm loans, orders SIT probe into Bastar maSSAcre -Joseph John

-The Times of India RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel on Monday announced to waive farm loans to the tune of Rs 6,100 crore of more than 16 lakh farmers and also decided to set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the deadly maoist attack in Bastar. Addressing his maiden press conference after the swearing-in ceremony and subsequent first cabinet meeting, Baghel said it has been decided to waive off all short-term loans availed by farmers from cooperative and r

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Poshan sakhis transform reproductive health in Odisha -Rakhi Ghosh

has a backyard garden, said that they eat a variety of vegetables now. “We train them to develop a nutritional garden of mixed vegetables, at a minimal cost, and provide a small loan, if neceSSAry,” Jasaswini Padhy, coordinator of Swabhimaan project, told The food demonstrations on millet, corn, greens and tubers that are plentifully available in these parts help the women add variety to their regular meals. Posi

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The anatomy of a police station -Rashmi Sharma

deploy the best people for the most difficult tasks. The thana was always short of money, and personnel spent from their pocket on stationery and other needs. The police personnel were extremely diSSAtisfied. They were entitled to 16 days of leave in a year, but this was never actually sanctioned. They reported being overworked, on duty 24 hours a day, with high stress. Their families were neglected. A head constable said that he had never attended

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No signs yet for escape from cycle of farm distress

the farmers here run up huge debts. The volatile market system has added to their misery. The current year too has brought tears for the tillers as 100 taluks are under the grip of drought again. InceSSAnt rain, floods and landslides have devastated not just crops, but even their homes and land in 45 taluks. While the state had targeted 74.69 lakh hectares for sowing in the Kharif season for 2018, actual sowing was done in 66.69 lakh hectares and s

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