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Women farmers focus of Rajasthan govt's new subsidy scheme -Rakesh Goswami

een Mahajan. The project is aimed at improving livelihood of farmers in the canal command area through improved yield, increase in intensity of irrigation due to water saving, reduction in cost of Labour, fertilizer and energy required for cultivation, and improved disease control. The implementation of micro irrigation system under RWSLIP will be carried out by dovetailing with existing schemes of the horticulture and agriculture departments. &

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Darjeeling's tea-garden workers to get 20% bonus

-The Hindu The decision was taken during a tripartite meeting at Kolkata’s New Secretariat Building where representatives of the workers’ union and planters’ association met Labour Minister Moloy Ghatak. Kolkata: The West Bengal government and the Tea Planters’ Association of Darjeeling hills on Friday agreed to the demand of tea garden workers across 87 gardens in the Darjeeling hills for a 20% bonus. The decision was

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The minimum wage solution -Rajendran Narayanan & Sakina Dhorajiwala

GA wages meant to increase rural incomes. The second is a reduction in corporate tax rate. Prices of commodities increase each year, so it’s important to accurately estimate how much a NREGA Labourer should earn in 2020 if she earned Rs. 179 (national daily average NREGA wage) in 2019. For this, we need a good index to benchmark and revise the wages. Indices are (weighted) averages of the prices of a basket of goods consumed and the index mus

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With GI tag, will the Tirur betel leaf go places? -V Sajeev Kumar

ld BusinessLine. The disruption in exports also led to a production drop of this particular betel variety, despite good demand in North Indian markets. The decline in revenue from exports and high Labour cost have forced farmers to shift their focus to other areas. Today, on an average, around five tonnes of Tirur Vettila is being transported by rail to Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Itarsi etc on a daily basis, fetching around Rs. 5 lakh revenue, he said.

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'Care' economy uncharitable to women -Francis Kuriakose & Deepa Iyer

iness Line Women are burdened with much of the care work, which is generally unregulated and poorly paid. This must change Care work has been the focus of policy debates after the International Labour Organization (ILO) published a report titled ‘Care Work and Care Jobs for the Future of Decent Work’ in 2018. The ILO observed that care work involves a range of skills that are often not formally recognised or remunerated, and involvin

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In the national media conference, media practitioners take pledge to uphold positive values in digital communications

gn countries took a pledge to empower the underprivileged sections of society by ending the digital divide and create new opportunities to highlight the issues of common people, rural areas, landless Labourers, malnourished children and farmers affected by climate change. These issues came up for deliberations during a three-day-long international event, the 4th All India Media Conference-2019, organized here by Jaipur-based media advocacy organiza

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Gujarat tribal workers demand regular payments, refuse to migrate for sugarcane harvesting -Ravi Kaushal The Labourers from Dang migrate every year to Bardoli—a hub of sugar mills—where they are caught in a system of advance payments that bind them to the workplace for the duration of the season. Dang, a district in southern Gujarat, is witnessing one of the largest Labour movements in its recent history after the tribal sugarcane harvesters of the district decided not to migr

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Mega challenges of rural-urban migration -Santosh Mehrotra

ispersed pattern of urbanisation leads to sprawl with higher motorisation and pollution. A new urban vision is needed India’s demographic dividend cannot be realised if young entrants to the Labour force as well as potential migrants from agriculture do not gain new livelihoods. Hastening of the structural transformation brings with it three mega-challenges for policy-makers: employment of migrants; growing urbanisation; and ensuring better e

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Why is there a high rate of farmer suicides in Punjab's Malwa? -Anju Agnihotri Chaba

of which 698 committed suicide in the past four years, most of them in the Malwa region. Over the past few years, ‘farm debt’ has been one of the main reasons behind farmers and farm Labourers committing suicide in Punjab. Farmer groups, state universities’ and government data have indicated that 97% of farmer suicides are taking place in the Malwa region only. The Indian Express explains why this seems to be the case and how

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Noted Gandhian economist Dr Sudarshan Iyengar interviewed by Rutam Vora (The Hindu Business Line)

n the context of Gandhi's view of gram swaraj (village self-rule), which he emphasised through his social experiments. He was influenced by John Ruskin, and he thought that the life of a farmer and a Labourer is the best. The farmer, for him, was the central point, and the only sustainable social order was a rural society. In the context of gram swaraj, a farmer’s life is necessarily one of cooperation, not competition. * Seen through the Gan

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