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India's non-agrarian rural economy struggles for sustenance -Richard Mahapatra

This is not to emphasise the importance of the sector to rural Indians, but to raise a political and economic question in a new structural context. Rural India is no more agrarian, in economic and Employment terms. In a research paper for the Niti Aayog, economist Ramesh Chand (also a member of the government think tank) has analysed the transformation in the rural economy. His verdict: since 2004-05, it has become a non-farm economy. Please cli

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Reviving traditional harvesting systems can unlock 6,000 crore litres of water -Mohit M Rao

SCST reports. “We were very happy to get these detailed reports and have already requested all CEOs of districts to include the recommendations in their MNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act scheme) action plans. The scheme has a budget of Rs.5,000 crore and will cover the Rs.300 crore needed for rejuvenation of these waterbodies,” said L.K. Atheeq, Principal Secretary, RDPR. Considering the work involves jus

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India's missed growth opportunities -Nikita Kwatra

as been on a shaky growth path, regularly being called “the world’s fastest-growing economy" and losing grip of the title just as often. India has also made headlines for the lack of Employment, a worsening crisis in the farm sector, distress in the banking sector and serious strain in the rural sector. Even if the misgivings about the credibility of India’s growth numbers are tuned out, the fault lines in the country’s wa

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Which one is a better indicator for depicting the problem of joblessness -- Proportion Unemployed or UnEmployment Rate?

In a recent blog post, Columbia University professor Arvind Panagariya mentions that the critics of the present Prime Minister of India failed to underscore ‘Employment rate’ -- flip side of unEmployment rate -- that stood at nearly 94 percent according to the report on Periodic Labour Force Survey 2017-18. A recent article by Dr. Vikas Rawal and Prachi Bansal, however, points out that

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More Women Are Out of Work, Reveals Govt Report -Subodh Varma Women’s work participation has dramatically declined, unEmployment is at an all-time high and they often get half the wage of what men get for same work, shows the latest labour force survey report. The recently released Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) for 2017-18 reveals a striking decline in women’s participation in the workforce. Only about 22% of women of working age (defined as 15 years of age or more) were g

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Assam's communal exercise -Colin Gonsalves

s. Some have been put in detention centres in violation of international law. According to the National Human Rights Commission, they face deplorable conditions. They are terrified as they anticipate Employment termination and denial of government health and education services. On the other hand, the indigenous and tribal people of Assam are fed-up with what they consider to be their growing marginalisation: Unchecked in-migration has continued des

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Despite Adityanath govt's big promises; unEmployment situation worsens in Uttar Pradesh -Biswajeet Banerjee

-National Herald The unEmployment situation is worsening in Uttar Pradesh and it is directly proportional to education. Which means, more educated the youth is, bigger is the chance of them being unemployed Despite the Yogi-led BJP government promised the Ram Rajya in Uttar Pradesh, the unEmployment situation is worsening which is directly proportional to education. Thus meaning, more educated a you

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The Dramatic Increase in the UnEmployment Rate -Prabhat Patnaik The Periodic Labour Force Survey Report 2017-18 clearly shows that there is a sudden jump in the unEmployment rates across-the-board in 2017-18, compared to all preceding rounds of the NSSO. The report of the Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) conducted in 2017-18 is finally out, and it confirms what had been leaked earlier, namely a dramatic increase in the unEmployment rate in the I

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Waning women at work -Roshan Kishore

Last week, the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) published the findings of the first Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) report. The PLFS is the first comprehensive official set of statistics on Employment in India after the 2011-12 Employment UnEmployment Survey (EUS). One of the major findings of the PLFS is that the already existing trend of women withdra

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