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MGNREGA, once world's largest source of rural Livelihood, now a tale of decay and digital delay -Rashme Sehgal

-Firstpost.com Have women living in rural India benefitted from the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Scheme (MGNREGA)? MNREGA was introduced in 2006 and has emerged as the largest programme in the world for providing employment to the rural poor. While there is no doubt that MNREGA in a short span of ten years did help generate 20 billion person-days of employment benefitting 276 million workers from which more than half were women. Women admit that in the initial years, it did h

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Narmada dam: Public finance, public play -Sudeep Chakravarti

of arid land, and the “promise” of drinking water for 30 million people in drought-prone areas, besides electricity for agriculture, urban areas and industry. “But they threaten the Livelihoods of more than 140,000 people in the areas to be flooded by the Sardar Sarovar Dam and to be affected by the building of canals. And they may have negative environmental consequences,” the report stated. The bank’s independent rev

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Do we really need interlinking of rivers? -Himanshu Thakkar

-Livemint.com The river interlinking project will adversely affect land, forests, biodiversity, rivers and the Livelihood of millions of people Interlinking of rivers is a very expensive proposal. It has huge adverse environmental impacts on land, forests, biodiversity, rivers and the Livelihood of millions of people. It is a socially disruptive proposition. It will not only add to climate change im

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Government pays little heed to NREGA workers' demands

bout the attacks on their legal entitlements to work on demand, timely wages, unemployment allowance, compensation for delayed payments, planning of works etc. They also shared about the constructive Livelihoods support that NREGA provided in its initial years which is systematically fading with centralisation of power. There were several testimonies on the undermining of other entitlements such as the Public Distribution System, Midday Meals, the Int

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DeMo was ethically flawed -A Srinivas & Sandhya Rao

? Cost-benefit mindset Often, the discourse of the state is couched in a cost-benefit mindset. The ‘developmental’ benefits of a dam are seen to offset the displacement of lives and Livelihoods of those in its command area. On each such occasion, the state persuades the mainstream to buy into this cost-benefit framework, where pain goes unmeasured. And so this time the spiel was that of the people being urged to make a “sacrifi

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Women cry for farm rights

th some others and won land rights, said the succession act was not being implemented. Also, with land being given away for development projects, common property resources from which women draw their Livelihoods are being snatched away, Dorai said. Sunita Kashyap of the Mahila Umang Producer Company in Uttarakhand said while the government constantly talked about the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, there was no cover in states like hers against w

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No sweets in West Bengal as 2 lakh shops remain shut protesting 5% GST

rore per day," he said. Factor in 10 to 15 per cent profit from the sales and establishment plus employee cost per day, pointed out Paul. While the industry is directly responsible for the Livelihoods of at least 10 lakh people, Paul said, there is no estimate of those living-off the business indirectly. "We need accessories as well. For example, paper (for packaging) and printing presses etc. So you can see many people are dependen

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That sinking feeling -MV Rajeev Gowda & Salman Soz

led with debt. Protests in the textile hub of Surat reflect how GST is affecting medium, small and micro-scale enterprises. Formalisation of the economy should not shut down businesses and extinguish Livelihoods. Similarly, leather, another labour-intensive sector, is in trouble due to restrictions on cattle slaughter. Overall, there is concern that the economy is in a deep hole, the opposite of what the government would have us believe. It has ent

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Why this UP village will not celebrate Independence Day -Kanwardeep Singh

ng the most neglected areas of the district. Choudhipur is particularly riddled with poverty. Most of its residents, from the backward castes, are dependent on the forest or on daily labour for their Livelihood. Choudhipur was settled way back in 1923. However, it was never included in development programmes by district authorities after Independence. There are around 80 families, but just four toilets. While electricity connections reached all the

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At the Heart of Rural Discontent Is the Creeping Crisis in Household Agriculture -Anirudh Krishna

a and more than 1,600 kg/hectare in Thailand. Cotton yields are 650 kg/hectare on average in India and more than 3,000 kg/hectare in China. These trends have put a squeeze on agriculturists’ Livelihoods. From more than 60% in the early 1990s, the share of agriculture in a farm family’s income has fallen to just about 30%. Where does the rest of the farm family’s income come from? Therein hangs a tale that, in my observation, li

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