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Clean Ganga project hurts livelihoods, divides communities -Deeptiman Tiwary

anneries in Jajmau, the hub of Kanpur’s leather industry. Many tannery owners are facing cases for polluting the Ganga. Ahmed’s work has gone down significantly. “My father was a Labourer in one of these factories. We rose from there to set up a small unit. The way things are going, I will have to go back to being a Labourer.’’ Tiwari is nostalgic. “The water was so cl

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How migrant workers' children save a city school

vernment schools having low number of students is no news. But what is unusual about Government Lower Primary School, Bairayikkulam, is that of the total 13 students there, 12 are children of migrant Labourers, whose mother tongue include Bengali and Tamil. Syamala V.K., headmistress, was a picture of poise when asked about the shrinking number of students in her school. “Education should not be looked upon only in terms of profit and loss. O

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Beyond Drought: Tamil Nadu's Chain of Misfortunes -Seetha Gopalakrishnan

y in the delta districts. Most reservoirs reached dead storage levels from the Vaigai dam in Madurai to the Manimuthar dam in Tirunelveli down south. As a consequence, around 102 farmers, mostly farm Labourers and marginal farmers, have either taken their lives or suffered fatal heart attacks owing to crop losses. But are poor monsoons alone to be blamed for Tamil Nadu’s predicament? Not really. The state is neck-deep in crises ranging from t

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Farming goes to seed -Jayshree Sengupta

ut the extent of damage due to demonetisation on agriculture. Small farmers suffered most because cash in hand means a lot to them. They were unable to pay for inputs like fertilisers, seeds and farm Labour and experienced low demand for their perishable produce. The latest data from government’s agricultural ministry however shows that demonetisation did not have an adverse impact on agricultural production. This year’s rabi crop seems to

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Farmers being encouraged to construct farm ponds -HS Narasimha Kumar

ng advised to build vermicompost pits. The government will bear the complete cost of the construction of the pits. Farmers will be given an amount of Rs. 22, 000 for each pit. Of this, 60% covers the Labour cost and 40% is for materials. Vermicompost pits will enable farmers to generate organic manure besides reducing the use of chemical fertilisers. Please click here to read more.

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Unemployment has risen sharply among SCs & STs in last 6 years

The unemployment rate is based on the Usual Principal Status (UPS) approach. It should be noted that the unemployment rate is defined as the number of persons unemployed per 1,000 persons in the Labour force (employed & unemployed). A person is classified as belonging to Labour force as per the UPS approach, if s/he had been either working or looking for work during longer part of the 365 days prec

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Again, Centre puts on hold decision on bringing parity in MGNREGA, minimum wages -Jitendra

age of the state.   Then UPA government constituted a committee under S Mahendra Dev in 2013 which had recommended a one-time parity between MGNREGS wages and consumer price Index-Agriculture Labourer (CPI-AL). Later, parity would be shifted to consumer price Index- rural Labourer (CPI-RL). The panel suggested yearly revision of MGNREGS wage as per CPI-RL. Currently, MGNREGS wage is linked to CPI

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Real or nominal? Which farm income will Modi double in 5 years? -Rajalakshmi Nirmal

g at the rate promised by the PM. Monumental challenge So, is the Centre targeting real income? A BusinessLine analysis of the RBI’s data on the consumer price index (CPI) of agricultural Labourers, for the 10-year period between 2002-03 and 2012-13, revealed that inflation measured 7.2 per cent on an average. This means that agricultural income, in real terms, can grow only around 4-4.5 per cent a year. With an annual growth of 4.5 per ce

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Proposal for parity between rural job wages, minimum wages put on hold -Elizabeth Roche

ry Amarjeet Sinha on Wednesday said the committee set up under economist Mahendra Dev in 2013 had recommended a one-time parity between the MGNREGS wages and the consumer price index for agricultural Labour (CPI-AL). “It (the committee) had argued for setting it (MGNREGS wage) together (with minimum agricultural Labour) once and thereafter ... we could shift to consumer price index for rural More »

Beyond drought: Tamil Nadu's chain of misfortunes -Seetha Gopalakrishnan

y in the delta districts. Most reservoirs reached dead storage levels from the Vaigai dam in Madurai to the Manimuthar dam in Tirunelveli down south. As a consequence, around 102 farmers, mostly farm Labourers and marginal farmers, have either taken their lives or suffered fatal heart attacks owing to crop losses. But are poor monsoons alone to be blamed for Tamil Nadu’s predicament? Not really. The state is neck-deep in crises ranging from t

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