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Ragpickers hit hard by GST -Mohit M Rao

ST) on July 1, no one would have imagined that it might have adverse consequences for the environment. But with the tax rate on recycled plastic shooting up from 5.5% to 18% post-GST, ragpicking as a Livelihood seems to be turning unviable, with attendant impact on the urban environment. Take the case of Nagaratna and her self-help group (SHG) at Mahadevapura. Nearly a month post-GST, the Mahadevapura Mahila Okkuta, a collection of 17 SHGs that col

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Stay on Mahanadi projects

he Mahanadi river water has emerged into a major controversy between the two states with Odisha accusing Chhattisgarh of going ahead with projects that could weaken the water flow and affect people's Livelihoods downstream in Odisha. "This is an interim ruling but a very important ruling," Sudarshan Das, a social activist based in Bhubaneswar who had filed a petition against the projects in the NGT told The Telegraph . "Multiple proj

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GST effect: Fate of Ludhiana plywood industry hangs in balance -Sumeer Singh

is completely dependent upon cultivation of agro wood (poplar and eucalyptus). With shortfall in demand of plywood items, the cultivation of agro wood is likely to fall and thereby taking toll on the Livelihood of thousands of farmers in the state. Parminder Singh, 33, a farmer in Walipur Kalan village who has been growing poplar in five acres of his land for the last 20 years, says, “Now, nobody is ready to pay a single penny beyond Rs 5.5 l

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GST is no game changer for farmers, yet- Sathya Raghu & V Mokkapati

can’t articulate enough, but they are large victims of that. The NSSO reports that on an average, small farmers lose money or just break away from agriculture and must depend on other forms of Livelihood mainly due to environmental risks. Industry body Assocham estimates that farmers lose Rs. 50,000 crore yearly from pest attacks, which increase with increasing temperatures. A Nature study recently found yields dropping 10 per cent annually due

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Farmers relieved after cattle-trade ruling

n Sabha said the impugned rules effectively choked the free movement of animals through market spaces, and, more critically, undermined the freedom and the rights of farmers, traders and others whose Livelihoods were linked to this cycle. The Centre’s submission that it was revisiting the rules, and not seeking a vacation of the Madras High Court stay, indicated that the rules cannot be implemented, it said. Vikas Rawal, an economist with

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Small-scale fishermen form the backbone of India's fisheries sector, but policy is silent on them -John Kurien

o;. However, the estimated one million marine (coastal) fishermen still pursue their occupation predominantly as marginalised socio-economic outliers. They labour at sea because this is their only Livelihood. The transition from artisanal vessels to mechanised boats has not brought better earnings and working conditions, greater control over their produce, reduced dependence on the merchant class or lower levels of indebtedness – all of which

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Centre's Cattle Trade Rule To Be Suspended Across Country: Supreme Court

airy production. Cattle for slaughter would have to be bought from farmers directly, the order said. Days later, on a petition that alleged a violation of the basic right of a person to choose his Livelihood or what he eats, the Madras High Court put the centre's rules on hold in Tamil Nadu for four weeks. Please click here to read more.

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Battle over cattle -Himanshu Upadhyaya

lobbied the government for ensuring the welfare of animals without the nefarious intent of interfering with people’s dietary choices or imposing vigilante ideas on minorities that derive their Livelihoods from livestock.   If one looks carefully in the archives, even as a cow protection movement took roots in north India, livestock experts within the British establishment and commissariat were debating questions such as ‘What good

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