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Noted Gandhian economist Dr Sudarshan Iyengar interviewed by Rutam Vora (The Hindu Business Line)

ys the distressed agricultural landscape, pinpoints its weaknesses, and prescribes solutions with their roots in Gandhian agronomics. Edited excerpts from an interview to BusinessLine: * Given the agrarian crisis in India today, how relevant are Gandhi's economic principles based on the village economy, and equitable distribution of resources? They are relevant in the context of Gandhi's view of gram swaraj (village self-rule), which he emphasis

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Agri families borrow more, eat less to cope with kin's suicide: study -Sayantan Bera

ning member of the family by borrowing more, skimping on food and even taking recourse to bonded labour, a new study has found. Commissioned by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the report agrarian crisis and Farmers’ Suicides: An Empirical Study of Endemic State is based on a 2017-18 primary survey of 200 families affected by farm suicides. Spread across four states—Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana—

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Will Punjab and Haryana HC's recommendations reduce farmers' burden? -Rajeev Khanna

ded that minimum support price (MSP) be made farmers’ legal right and it be set at three times the cost of production. But will these or a slew of other measures the court suggested address the agrarian crisis? There are many important implications of and concerns regarding the judicial notice, said experts. The court issued these directions while considering the Punjab State Cooperative Agricultural Development Bank’s move to discontin

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Augmenting Agrarian Livelihoods in the Time of Crisis: A Baseline for KALIA -Sarthak Gaurav

s unless structural problems in agricultural markets are fixed, and greater non-farm diversification opportunities are created in the state. Originality/ value – Despite the general state of agrarian crisis in the country and concerns about low agricultural incomes in the state of Odisha, there is no baseline for understanding how livelihood augmentation programmes such as KALIA could impact welfare of agricultural households. This study uses

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Vidarbha reels under agrarian crisis due to delayed and deficient rains -Vivek Deshpande

al, Akola, Buldana and Washim talukas are particularly affected, with only 427 tankers supplying drinking water. Nagpur: Delayed and deficient rains this season, coupled with a drinking water and agrarian crisis have left Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region in the lurch. The Amravati division comprising Amravati, Yavatmal, Akola, Buldana and Washim talukas are particularly affected, with only 427 tankers supplying drinking water. Prior to the a

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Debate on Budget: Opposition targets govt on NREGS allocation, unemployment -Liz Mathew & Shalini Nair

-The Indian Express Opposition members said it has no roadmap and does not address the serious issues of agrarian crisis and unemployment. TARGETING THE Union Budget in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, Opposition members said it has no roadmap and does not address the serious issues of agrarian crisis and unemployment. The ruling BJP members countered that the Budget has “everything to take the coun

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Which one is a better indicator for depicting the problem of joblessness -- Proportion Unemployed or Unemployment Rate?

ortion of rural women (all ages) employed in that sector declined from 18.6 percent to 12.8 percent (viz. by 5.8 percentage points) between those years, which according to Rawal and Bansal, indicates agrarian crisis. The proportion of rural men (all ages) employed in construction -- a sector, which is known to have absorbed labour intensively between 2004-05 and 2011-12 -- has increased from 7.1 percent in 2011-12 to 7.5 percent in 2017-18 (viz. by ju

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Post-poll survey: Farmers' issues were not centre stage -Amrit Prakash Pandey & Manjesh Rana

-The Hindu PM-KISAN and a nationalistic campaign seem to have worked for the BJP In November last year, thousands of farmers marched to Parliament to highlight the agrarian crisis and demand higher crop prices, full loan waivers and drought relief. There were quite a few such protests in 2018, and considering their scale, many believed that it was likely that the discontentment of farmers, who also make up an important voting bloc given that h

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Is 'Right to Work' More Important Than 'Minimum Income Guarantee'? -Dunu Roy

eing suggested to tackle the growing rate of unemployment, but are they in tandem with the needs of the workers? Two issues were concealed under the din of elections. The first is the depth of the agrarian crisis with rising costs, falling prices and diminishing livelihoods. The second is the declining rate of employment in urban India, even within the informal sector, and the tumult among the youth who have no future. While most electioneering

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NDA trounces agrarian crisis to win rural areas -Jitendra

ly in these very areas The incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has beaten all odds to win the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Prominent among these odds was the agrarian crisis that rural India is currently in the throes of. Since 2014, the country has suffered two major droughts and 850-odd incidents of crop losses due to freak weather events. Finally, in 2017 and 2018, when there were bumper harvests, the pr

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