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Multiple, inter cropping can trap insects before they become pests, says expert -Snehlata Shrivastav

and huge number of suicides, and now there is negligible use of pesticides there. This concept was brought there by Centre for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA), and the Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP). In five years, lakhs of farmers in over 35,000 villages have changed their agriculture methods. They grow as many as 25 crops on the periphery of their fields, which act as pest repellents," said Parchure. Please click here to rea

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Modifying MGNREGA can alleviate India's farming crisis -Shreoshee Mukherjee

e multi-crore NREGS and a growing construction sector -- both private and public -- has given labourers an alternative to farm labour jobs and has driven higher wage rates. A study by an Abdul Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)-affiliate, conducted over randomly selected 250 sub-districts of Andhra Pradesh, found that an increase in public-wages also led to a consequent rise in private-wages by up to 24%. In an ongoing JPAL study by Breza et al., st

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Why We Need to Abandon Target-Driven Welfare -Manabi Majumdar Based on a militarised notion of ‘targeting’, such welfare policies deny citizens the right to basic services. In an incisive analysis on anti-Poverty and other social security programmes, Professor Amartya Sen astutely asks why the notion of targeting, which is essentially a military concept, is so routinely invoked in analytical discourses on basic welfare rights for the people as well as in policy framing in this res

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Loan waiver is not the solution -Anjani Kumar and Seema Bathla

hip between the size of farm and per capita consumption expenditure (a proxy for income) further underscores the importance of formal credit in assisting marginal and poor farm households in reducing Poverty. Indeed, access to formal institutional credit also tends to enhance farmers’ risk-bearing ability and may induce them to take up risky ventures and investments that could yield higher incomes. Going by the NSS schedule 18.2 (debt and invest

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Hunger and the nation: Examining food politics and policy in India -Swati Saxena

eged that despite several applications and demonstration of eligibility, ration cards were not issued as middlemen were active. Food or rather the lack of it, besides forming the crux of measuring Poverty and development (India for the longest time defined Poverty in terms of calories consumed) is also a political issue. Internationally, governments have been toppled and food riots have broken out when h

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Is the National Health Insurance Scheme in Chhattisgarh Doing More Damage Than Good? -Sulakshana Nandi

people to pay additional money even after using health insurance. The Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) or the National Health Insurance Scheme, was initiated in Chhattisgarh in 2009 for below Poverty line (BPL) families. In 2012, Chhattisgarh expanded the scheme to non-BPL families as well, through the Mukhyamantri Swasthya Bima Yojana (MSBY), making it a universal scheme. Under the scheme, families need to pay a one-time fee of Rs 30 for gett

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NITI Aayog sees Poverty, corruption and terrorism free India by 2022

-PTI NITI Aayog also envisions that India will achieve 'Kuposhan Mukt Bharat' by 2022 New Delhi: Government think tank NITI Aayog has envisaged a New India by 2022 which will be free from Poverty, dirt, corruption, terrorism, casteism, and communalism. According to New India @2022 document presented by NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar at Conference of Governors last month, India will be in the top three economies of the world if it cont

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First-ever Gender Vulnerability Index will give activists tangible parameters to tackle discrimination against Indian women -Deya Bhattacharya

sed by the Ministry of Women and Child Development on 1 November. The GVI looks at a state-wise ranking and has been computed by evaluating and analyzing four parameters, namely, - health, education, Poverty and protection/safety from violence. The findings of the study and the use of the GVI will assist policy makers to look at programmes earmarked for leadership, autonomy and empowerment of women and girls. The study is aimed to understand gender

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Forget 2022, more than 110 million Indians would remain poor forever -Richard Mahapatra

h The next generation of the current poor Indians has high probability of remaining poor as well. Lack of access to resources like forests and social discrimination have set in the dreaded chronic Poverty among India’s socially marginalised groups, ironically the target of Poverty eradication programmes since last 70 years Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to eradicate More »

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