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Farm loan waivers can derail India's growth story -Ramesh Chand

significant changes during the post reforms period, many of which were positive, but some were negative. Income of farmers could not keep pace with their aspirations and fast growth in the income of Non-farm Workers. Agricultural prices became highly volatile, at times falling too low, and at other times going very high. This period also experienced a fast shift towards the commercialisation of agriculture and market oriented production, which subjec

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The burden of criminal neglect -Kalpana Kannabiran

occupational shift in tribal communities, the committee observes, the focus of national state agencies on mainstream categorisations of agricultural labourers, cultivators and the omnibus category of Non-farm Workers masks the finer details of tribal work-worlds and therefore obstructs an understanding of shifts therein. The need for tribal communities to have continued and uninterrupted access to forests for livelihoods and the responsibility of the

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Over 2,000 fewer farmers every day-P Sainath

nder ‘Workers' - a huge category covering many varied groups. Now rural workers account for close to 70 per cent of all workers. And rural workers consist of farmers, agricultural labourers and Non-farm Workers. Cultivators (main workers) in the Census are barely eight per cent of the population as a whole. (That's after a two-decade secular decline in this group). The ongoing farm suicides - 184,169 of them since 2001 according to the Nati

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