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Govt penalizes insurers for delay in settling crop insurance claims -Sayantan Bera

subsidies by three months or more. Under the scheme, farmers pay between 1.5-2% of the insurance premium while the rest is paid equally by the centre and state governments. Further, the new opeRational guidelines for the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) has set a new target for insurance companies to enrol 10% more non-loanee farmers year-on-year. Non-loanee farmers are those who do not avail of subsidized crop loans. For loanee farmers

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Over 1,000 Gujarat Farmers Write to Japan Govt, Ask it to Withhold Bullet Train Funds

in have written to the Japan government, alleging violation of the guidelines of the Japanese agency which is funding the project. The letter sent by the farmers asked the Japan International CoopeRation Agency (JICA), which is providing a soft loan for the Rs 1.10 lakh crore project, to withhold disbursal of funds to the Indian government until the agency's guidelines are complied with, said a lawyer. Advocate Anand Yagnik, who represents five

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'Rationalising subsidies, improving infrastructure could revive agri-sector' -Kiran Pandey

in Punjab from the purview of free power for agricultural pump sets. Interestingly, a draft Punjab State Agriculture Policy prepared by the Punjab State Farmers & Farm Workers Commission says Rationalising power subsidy will reduce unsustainable use of groundwater and support marginal farmers. The draft policy is likely to be tabled in the forthcoming Vidhan Sabha session.   According to Farmers’ commission chairman Ajay Vir Jakh

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Upward mobility: Muslims down; SCs, STs up; upper-caste & OBCs unchanged -

y levels for African Americans in US are better than those for Muslims in India but the movement of Dalits and Scheduled Tribes is comparable to that of African-Americans. New Delhi: As rising aspiRations of India’s demographic dividend shape social and political discourse, comes a sobering new study: Looking at education and income, there is little inter-geneRational mobility (upward mobility from

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Rs 15/litre diesel price hike burns a big hole in farmers' pockets -Anju Agnihotri Chaba

-The Indian Express But it may give a boost for S-SMS/Happy Seeder technology adoption to prevent paddy straw burning Jalandhar: Thakur Dyal Singh has never in the past raised the rates for opeRation of his combine harvester in farmers’ fields by more than Rs 100 per acre. Till around 2012-13, he was charging Rs 800-1,000 for harvesting, threshing and cleaning their paddy or wheat crop from one acre using his machine. In 2017-18, his rate

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Preparing for the floods -G Anand & AJ James

must be filled up as soon as possible (because rain is not guaranteed later in the season) and must be full by the end of the monsoon (for the summer). But the world has moved to dynamic reservoir opeRations based on weather forecasts. While Bhakra dam’s managers switched to this after much persuasion, others in India have not because of the memory of notoriously inaccurate weather forecasts. The political leadership and the bureaucracy too d

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Cabinet clears Rs. 3,466 crore dam improvement project

ves on how the States and the Centre ought to have an institutional mechanism to better manage dams is still to be discussed in Parliament. “The (DRIP) project will improve the safety and opeRational performance of selected existing dams and mitigate risks to ensure safety of downstream population and property. The primary beneficiaries are both urban and rural communities dependent on reservoir and downstream communities, who are prone to ri

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Maitreesh Ghatak, Professor of Economics at London School of Economics, interviewed by Tathagata Bhattacharya (National Herald)

Professor of Economics at London School of Economics, in an interview to Tathagata Bhattacharya says the government has failed on many counts At the end of the day, it is growth and employment geneRation via new investment that is key to long-term economic progress. Various welfare schemes are a way of providing a social safety net to the poor in the short-run. It is performance along these two dimensions that affect people’s daily lives most

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Despite Multiple Flaws, Centre Is Rushing the Bhavantar Scheme for Farmers -Sudhakar Gummula The Price Deficiency Payment Scheme will likely exclude small and marginal farmers, disincentivise efficient farmers and does not have inadequate registRation of farmers. The Narendra Modi government announced three new schemes for farmers under one umbrella scheme named PM-AASHA, aimed at ensuring minimum guarantee prices for the farm produce. These three schemes – Price support scheme (PSS), Pilot of Private Procurement

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Bezwada Wilson, national convenor of the Safai Karamchari Andolan, interviewed by Ahan Penkar

ual scavenging in 2017 alone. Manual cleaning of sewage and excreta is a profession that has long been reserved for Dalits, with many who find themselves in the profession unable to escape it for geneRations. Most of India does not have a proper sewage system, resulting in the prevalence of dry latrines, which in turn requires sanitation workers and manual scavengers to clear latrines on a regular basis.   Employment of scavengers or the const

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