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Squeeze on jobs -TK Rajalakshmi

-Frontline.in The Oxfam India report on employment says jobs remain a huge challenge in India where half of the workforce depends on agriculturefor Livelihood. Employment, or the lack of it, has emerged as one of the most contentious issues in the general election this year. Most surveys show that the single biggest concern preoccupying the electorate, especially the youth, is unemployment. The very fact that the government introduced a quota

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Sustaining India: Is There Anything to Choose Between BJP and Congress? -Ashish Kothari

-TheWire.in A look at how the country’s political heavyweights deal with environmental issues and Livelihoods in their poll manifestos Twin crises beset India today: serious unemployment and the loss of Livelihoods, along with the collapse of the ecological basis on which we all survive. Any political party that does not deal with these is not serious about the country’s future. So ho

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New forest law would put framers of the colonial act to shame -Anup Sinha

ent tension between present demands and future security. In India for centuries, forests have been used by human beings for a variety of purposes — from habitat to a store of food to sources of Livelihood. Anywhere between 100 million to 300 million people, mostly tribes, live in and around forests. They are poor and undernourished, with little education and access to healthcare. They depend on the forests for living and More »

Universal basic income not a panacea for poverty -Piyush Kamal

oor. As a welfare state, the objective is to ensure the reach of public goods to the maximum number of people, not only to improve their lives but also to increase their capabilities to earn a better Livelihood. The access to public goods such as primary education, health, sanitation, nutrition, and housing to people who cannot afford it provides an equitable opportunity for everyone to improve the overall quality of their life. The Indian versi

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MS Swaminathan, father of Green Revolution, interviewed by Jitheesh PM & Jipson John (Newsclick.in)

he First World Food Prize he received in 1987. The foundation  works to advance the use of science for agricultural and rural development and for dissemination of technology to improve lives and Livelihoods of tribal and rural communities. In this interview conducted at MSSRF, Chennai, Swaminathan, 93, speaks on a range of issues — including the Green Revolution, the current state of agriculture in India, farmer suicides, minimum support

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In Uttarakhand, Young Women Lead an Exodus from Mountain Villages -Kumar M Tiku

nger pours from every heart as locals wonder why the state turns a blind eye to its chronic under-development. Extreme water distress across much of Uttarakhand cannot be separated from the crisis of Livelihood that plagues young people. Arvind Singh, a pradhan in Bhainsora village, some ten miles outside Pauri, told me that for youth and senior citizens, staying on in the village is an act of extreme majboori. Water shortages for months, farm work

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For the voices on the forest fringe -Anamitra Anurag Danda

sts of the Sunderbans have no dwellers; nevertheless the JSM must be commended for spotting an opportunity and articulating the demands of forest-fringe dwellers who depend on ecosystem resources for Livelihood. Forty-six revenue villages are along the current forest fringe in the Sunderbans. These were settled at different times during the colonial period except Jharkhali in Basanti block that came to be settled post-Independence. Most of the popu

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Prioritising housing needs of slum-dwellers is not only a moral imperative but now a legal one -Eklavya Vasudev

s not gone far enough to protect substantive rights of slum dwellers. For instance, in Olga Tellis v. Bombay Municipal Corporation, the Supreme Court held that the right to life includes the right to Livelihood but did not indicate specific reliefs. In Sudama Singh v. Gov. of Delhi, the Delhi High Court laid down safeguards and procedures to be followed by government agencies before proceeding to remove jhuggis/slums, but confusion remained as to whet

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Everybody loves a farmer -Vijoo Krishnan

the event of the death of any farmer aged between 18 and 60, to his/her family. In Odisha, the government headed by the Biju Janata Dal’s Naveen Patnaik came up with the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA). This scheme aims to reach 92 per cent of the farmers, including 10 lakh landless farmers who will be supported for goat rearing, beekeeping, mushroom cultivation, poultry farming and fisheries. Please click

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Income transfers are hottest trend in agricultural policy. But how do states identify beneficiaries? -Mridula Chari

were among thousands of farmers from the state’s 147 Assembly constituencies who were chosen to attend a rally where Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik would launch Kalia, the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood Income Augmentation, an income transfer scheme that aims to give 30 lakh small and marginal farmers Rs 10,000 per year. Neither Sahu nor Patel saw the launch. Worried they might get lost in the packed rally ground, the agricultural officer a

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