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Agri experts call for income security, price support for farmers

-The Hindu Business Line Meet Jaitley for pre-Budget discussion New Delhi: Experts from the agriculture sector have sought measures to offset the impact of Inflation on crops and income security for farmers and also debated the farm loan waiver at a pre-Budget meeting with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday. This was the first such meeting and the Finance Minister will meet more sectoral groups this week to get their proposals for the

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Whose development is it anyway? -TK Rajalakshmi and Akshay Deshmane

s”. The file was prepared in view of the Lok Sabha elections with the tag line—Vote for India, Vote for Modi. The “vision” of the Gujarat model lists out “more jobs, low Inflation, higher income, faster growing economy, better education, better safety and better life”. The 2014 Lok Sabha elections were fought and won on the Gujarat model agenda. Three years later, it is this model that is going to be tested in the G

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A wilful negligence -Colin Gonsalves

non-institutional sources, calculating interest on working capital for the whole and not half the crop season, by including in the cost of cultivation post-harvest costs and by including the rate of Inflation. If this is done, the MSP would rise by over 50 per cent. It also recommended that the government correct all instances where the MSP is lower than the cost of production. It drew attention to the recommendations of the National Farmers Commi

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Farmers propose Bills on loan waiver, fair prices in their own 'parliament' -Vineet Kumar

MSP is Rs 1,900.   In one its previous reportage, Down To Earth observed that in the last three years, the increase in MSP for wheat and paddy has been 4-5 per cent, much less than the Inflation rate. Yogendra Yadav, leader of Swaraj Abhiyan said that farmers have been pushed into an economic, ecological and existential crisis and these two bills are emergency measures, which need to be implemented immediately. Far

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Farm policies for India -Ajay Vir Jakhar

iations are under the purview of the Centre, even though agriculture is in the domain of the states. That is precisely the reason that every time food prices rise, the Centre intervenes to rein in Inflation by facilitating the unhindered import of agricultural commodities. This constantly drives down farm-gate prices. But when prices fall, the Central government remains apathetic. To offset these annual losses, states should demand that the Cent

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Wholesale Inflation at 6-month high of 3.59%; vegetables get 37% costlier

-PTI WPI-based Inflation in September had been the highest since April's 3.85% New Delhi: Inflation at the wholesale level rose to six-month high of 3.59 per cent in October as the prices of food articles, led by onions and vegetables, rose sharply. Inflation, based on the Wholesale Price Index (WPI), was 2.60 per cent in September. In October last

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Higher food prices accelerate retail Inflation in October

-The Economic Times Consumer Inflation touched a seven-month high in October denting hopes of rate cut when the Reserve Bank of India reviews the monetary policy next month. Retail Inflation, as measured by the consumer price index (CPI) rose to 3.58% in October from 3.28% in September, data released by the government showed. “While we expect the RBI’s March 2018 projection to be revi

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