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Online payment of bills: Four-fold surge in rural and semi-urban India -Karishma Mehrotra

nd surveying have seen the most progress, with less than 40,000 total beneficiaries availing any service. The cost is estimated to be roughly Rs 10 lakh per village, said CSC CEO Dinesh Tyagi. The Interim Budget in February called for one lakh new digital villages over the next five years. The budget did not allocate specific funds for the new benchmark, but Tyagi estimates Rs 3 lakh will be needed for each village in the next phase. There are roug

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On Day 1 of new govt, Cabinet extends PM Kisan to all farmers

ay, decided to extend the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM Kisan) to all farmers in the country irrespective of their landholdings. The Rs.75,000-crore PM Kisan scheme, first announced in the Interim Budget on February 1, was meant only for small and marginal farmers. According to the scheme, poor farmers would be given a total of Rs.6,000 annually, in three equal instalments. A total of 12.5 crore farmers, who constitute 86 per cent of the to

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Tackling farm distress is high priority

r recognition again. A crash in prices of farm produce and the demand for remunerative prices, and waiver of back-breaking loans are some of the issues staring the new government in the face. The Interim Budget recognised the distress by hiking the allocation for agriculture from Rs.56,000 crore to over Rs.1.4 lakh crore, taking the outlay to a record 5.2 percent of the budget. Among the highlights of the farm budget was the Pradhan Mantri Kisan S

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'PM KISAN scheme to benefit just 38% farmers till polls conclude' -Saurabh Katkurwar

by the states, lack of digitised land records and the election Model Code of Conduct being in force, according to government officials involved in its implementation. The scheme, announced in the Interim Budget on February 1 with retrospective effect from December 2018, was seen as Narendra Modi government's major poll plank to address rural distress.. Under the scheme, direct income support of Rs 6,000 per year in three equal installments is t

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'PM-KISAN scheme: Non-BJP ruled States have not certified single beneficiary'

tted that non-BJP ruled States, including West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh, have not certified even a single farmer for transfer of the first instalment of Rs.2,000 under the PM-KISAN scheme. In the Interim Budget 2019-20, the Central government had announced the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme under which Rs.6,000 per year will be given in three instalments to 12 crore small and marginal farmers holding cultivable land up to two

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Prof. Guy Standing, economist at the School Of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, interviewed by Sayantan Bera (

scheme right, he says New Delhi: Income support is the big economic idea of the season. While the ruling BJP government announced a limited money transfer scheme targeted at farmers in the recent Interim Budget, the Congress has proposed to solve the country’s chronic poverty with a minimum income guarantee for every Indian. Some consider these pre-election proposals to be too ambitious. But, Guy Standing,71, an economist at the School Of

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MGNREGA Workers Not Paid for Months, FIRs to be Lodged Against PM Modi - Tarique Anwar

d nearly nothing to create new work in the peak period of January to March 2019. The government of India should immediately release Rs 25,000 crore to fund MGNREGA works till June 2019, when the next Interim Budget will be passed after the general elections,” said Kamayani, one of the NSM conveners, putting forth their demands while talking to Newsclick over phone. She said a letter has also been sent to the Union Minister Rural Development f

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Is the Modi Government Truly Committed to Rural Development? -Bharat Dogra

culture, sanitation and housing have brought the government's seriousness to the cause of rural welfare under suspicion. Direct benefit transfer has dominated the majority of the discussion on the Interim Budget in the context of agriculture. However, in order to properly understand the seriousness of the government to the cause of farmers and related issues of rural development, we should also assess to what extent the budgetary commitments of the

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Will PM-Kisan transform India's agriculture support ecosystem? -Sayantan Bera

. 6,000 every year to each of the 120 million farmer families in India NEW DELHI: The Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the centre announced a scheme for farmers in the Interim Budget presented on 1 February, with just a few months to go for the general elections and under immense pressure to assuage the anger of farmers. Then finance minister Piyush Goyal called it “historic" and said the income transfer sche

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Modi Pays Tribute to Sanitation Workers After Five Years of Ignoring Them -Rejimon K

karamcharis? As the prime minister, does he really care for them? Unfortunately, government documents and budget data reveal he doesn’t much. Declining budget allocation In the 2019-20 Interim Budget, the Modi government allotted just Rs 39.87 crore for five national commissions, including the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis, the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and the National Commission for Backward Classes, as agai

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