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Prabhat Patnaik, an economist and former economics professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, interviewed by Kaushal Shroff (The Caravan)

PP: (Laughs) That is just hype. There is a slowing down in the economy. Unemployment is at a record high of 45 years. To talk about becoming a $5 trillion economy is like talking about a doubling Agricultural income by 2022. This is all the BJP government’s hype. I mean, there is not an iota of perceptible, sustained efforts towards it. This is not seriously worked out as part of a plan that has been made public.     Car

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Dr. Manmohan Singh, former Prime Minister of India, interviewed by Richa Mishra (The Hindu Business Line)

demonetisation and GST, which have left the economy reeling even in the second term. The other major focus of the Modi government was inflation control. This has come at the cost of our farm sector. Agricultural incomes have fallen to a 14-year low, agri exports have contracted and imports have risen sharply. This also contributed to stagnant wages and the eventual fall in consumption, especially in our rural areas. The Modi government was slow to

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What happened to poverty during the first term of Modi? -Himanshu

This was bound to spill over to other sectors of the economy, and the recent indicators of falling consumption demand only confirm the distress in the economy in the last five years. Third, worsening Agricultural incomes and stagnant wage growth was bound to give rise to unemployment. The recent report of the Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) has only confirmed what was known through other measures such as the Labour Bureau reports. The slowdown

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Augmenting Agrarian Livelihoods in the Time of Crisis: A Baseline for KALIA -Sarthak Gaurav

re fixed, and greater non-farm diversification opportunities are created in the state. Originality/ value – Despite the general state of agrarian crisis in the country and concerns about low Agricultural incomes in the state of Odisha, there is no baseline for understanding how livelihood augmentation programmes such as KALIA could impact welfare of agricultural households. This study uses unit level data from NSSO and Agriculture Census data

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Farm relief, new MSP regime on govt's to-do list

-Hindustan Times The Narendra Modi government’s new agenda for the crisis-ridden farm sector is being geared towards achieving the single goal of doubling Agricultural incomes — a legacy of its first term in office. Prime Minister Modi had ambitiously promised a 100% jump in farmers’ incomes between 2017 and 2022, but farmers have been hobbled by unprofitable sales and even negative returns on some crops, as farm produce cont

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MS Swaminathan, father of Green Revolution, interviewed by Jitheesh PM & Jipson John (

for example, farmers grow Basmati rice. Even if the yield is a little less, they want to have good rice. Land use policy will be one for sustainable food security and sustainable agricultural trade, Agricultural income. * India has been seeing unprecedented farm suicides after the adoption of economic liberalisation policies. How do free trade agreements and deregulation of import restrictions affect farming? You recommended an Indian trade organi

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Will the PM Kisan Scheme Impress India's Farmers? -Varun Kumar Das

i Kishan Samman Nidhi’ (PM-KISAN). This scheme assures small and marginal farm households a guaranteed annual income support of Rs 6,000. However, this scheme is hardly the first instance of Agricultural income support in the country. States like Odisha and Telangana have individual state-level farm income support schemes. The amount of Rs 6,000 is less than the farm income support provided by states such as those mentioned above. Interpre

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Farmers need irrigation more than poll freebies -Arjun Srinivas

f (48.8%) of India’s farm lands are irrigated. The rest are perennially dependent on the vagaries of the monsoon. The economic survey last year estimated that climate change could reduce annual Agricultural incomes by 15-18% on average, and up to 20-25% for unirrigated areas over the long run . Since 2014, investment in irrigation by state governments as well as the Union government has grown, driven by greater spending on irrigation projects

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Why farms of every type and size have to be climate smart

re susceptible to the impact of climate change. Using data sets created by the University of Delaware and India Meteorological Department, the review projected that climate change could reduce annual Agricultural incomes in the range of 15-18% on average and up to 20-25% in unirrigated areas. About 54% of India’s sown area has no access to irrigation. The report is shocking, but is in line with earlier climate warnings --- the 2018 National Econ

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