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Farmer producer organisations need their very own Amul -Jitendra

r small produce. In such a scenario, the aggregation of their produce on a large scale can be a solution. The UPA government had started promoting FPOs from 2011-12 and put them on priority in the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17). The current government gave tax holidays for five years. But FPOs have not taken off. Last week in New Delhi, experts on FPOs met and raised a number of pertinent issues like credit facilitation from government banks, com

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Agri plan with Rs 33,000cr outlay to go on for 2 yrs

ulture and allied produce, have been under implementation for the past few years. “The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved the umbrella scheme in agriculture sector beyond 12th Five Year Plan for the period from 2017-18 to 2019-20,” said Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. Please click here to read more.

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NITI Aayog begins business without action plan -Jitendra

-Down to Earth Will the Aayog's vision be any different than the top-down approach of its predecessor, the Planning Commission? WITH THE end of the 12th Five Year Plan on March 31, India’s 65-year tryst with five-year economic development planning has come to an end. In 2014, when the National Democratic Alliance government scrapped the Planning Commission and replaced it with the National Institute of Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, i

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Niti Aayog calls for review of RTE Act -Yuthika Bhargava

her. “But despite this good intention, the provision has a detrimental effect on learning outcomes, since it takes away the pressure to learn and to compete,” it said in its review of the 12th Five Year Plan. According to Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2014, one of the largest non-governmental household survey, the proportion of children aged 6-14 years enrolled in school in rural areas has been above 96 per cent for the past

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Additional days of work available under MGNREGS not taken up in drought hit states

ayat-level happened due to lack of shelf, lack of demand, lack of awareness or lack of mobilization. It is to be noted that the Report of the Working Group on MGNREGA towards formulation of the 12th Five Year Plan had recommended for a fully dedicated professional support team, to be called Cluster Facilitation Team for MGNREGA to be placed at Village Development Clusters (VDC)-level. That report said that such professionals should be recruited

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Rail Budget 2016: Kudos Suresh Prabhu, for signalling much-needed focus shift to customers, staff -Payal Dey Preparation of budgets is traditionally an incremental process: the first railway budget of the present government took off from the landscape sketched in the 12th Five Year Plan. Expansion, modernisation and development of railway infrastructure were to be given thrust through 3Ps: Public-Private Partnerships. Budget 2016-17, however, promises a new horizon on two fronts: overcoming challenges through 3Rs: Reorganising, Restruc

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Is there room in the budget for a big rural stimulus? -Roshan Kishore

re programmes. In its analysis of the 2015-16 Union budget, the Centre for Budgetary Governance and Accountability (CBGA) gave a break-up of allocation for four major rural welfare schemes during the 12th Five Year Plan. According to the CBGA, these four schemes constitute bulk of the central government’s rural sector welfare expenditure. Among these, MGNREGS accounts for around 43% of the total spending. While MGNREGS spending seems to be on tr

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India to bid adieu to Five Year Plans -Jitendra

e to Five Yearly Planning (FYP) too. The Five Year Plan is a centralised and integrating national economic programme adopted soon after independence. Currently, the country has is following the 12th Five Year Plan for the period 2012-2017. Sources close to the development claim that the government has made up its mind to continue with only Plan documents that would not adhere to a five yearly cycle. “There would be some kind of docum

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From plate to plough: Does anyone love the farmer? -Ashok Gulati

reports from the ground suggest that growth is going to be even lower. That would mean that, against a target of 4 per cent, the average growth of agriculture during the first  four years of the 12th Five Year Plan is going to be only around 1.5 per cent. That’s a massive failure in a sector that engages the largest number of people, especially those at the bottom of economic pyramid. So the big political question that needs to be addres

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Push irrigation, not dams -Mihir Shah

lection of these fees enables WUAs to undertake proper repair and maintenance of distribution systems and ensure that water reaches the farm gate. To incentivise states to adopt this approach, the 12th Five Year Plan proposed the setting up of a national irrigation management fund (NIMF), a non-lapsable fund that reimburses state irrigation departments a matching contribution of their irrigation service fee collection on a 1:1 ratio. To encourage p

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