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

Government of Odisha is a massive direct benefit transfer (DBT) scheme aimed at improving the condition of around three million farm households along with that of landless cultivators, sharecroppers, agricultural labourers, and vulnerable households. However, evaluations of the impacts of the scheme are likely to face difficulties in the absence of an appropriate counterfactual. This study discusses how the policy changes could transmit into impacts f

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506 students from Telanganas tribal and social welfare schools crack JEE Mains

the SC and ST communities. What makes the success even more commendable is that all the students who have cracked the exam hail from marginalised villages and tribal hamlets, whose parents work as agricultural labourers, masons, vegetable vendors, tea sellers, and clerks. Out of the 506 students who have cleared the exam, 307 are from social welfare residential institutions and 199 from tribal welfare institutions. Twenty two social welfare and

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No change in MGNREGA wage rates observed between 2018-19 and 2019-20 for 4 states & 2 UTs

tates and UTs. Please consult table-2. Recommendations for revising MGNREGA wage rates every year Wage rates for MGNREGA workers are notified and revised annually based on Consumer Price Index-agricultural labourers (CPI-AL) by the Central Government in accordance with the provisions of Section 6(1) of the MGNREG (2005) Act. The revised wage rates are made applicable from 1st April of a financial year. A Committee under the chairpersonship o

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Necessary steps to ending poverty -Pulapre Balakrishnan

n Nidhi (PM-Kisan), paying farm households below a threshold ?6,000 a year, is already in place. An income-support scheme for any one section of the population is grossly inequitable. We can think of agricultural labourers and urban pavement dwellers as equally deserving of support as poor farmers. While it is the case that at present agricultural subsidies go to farmers alone, these are intended as production subsidies and so channelled due to the cr

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Farmhands turn political workers in crucial season -Rajulapudi Srinivas

ADA (Andhra Pradesh): Farmers are running short of hands during the crucial rabi sowing season, with thousands of daily wagers opting to work in election campaigns instead. Politicians are paying the agricultural labourers ?1,000 per day for being part of an election rally, apart from a meal and snacks. The job entails being a part of the rally from start to finish, while waving the party flag and raising party slogans. How it works Women labour

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Rural distress is real: Negative monthly growth of real wage rates witnessed in rural areas for 9 consecutive months, starting from November 2017

rsery growers); Fishermen Inland; Fishermen Costal/ Deep Sea; Loggers and Wood Cutters; Animal husbandry workers: including Poultry workers, dairy workers & Herdsman; Packaging Labourers; General agricultural labourers including Watering & Irrigation workers etc.; and Plant protection workers (applying pesticides, treating seeds, etc.). The 13 non-agricultural occupations considered for calculating the average daily non-farm wage rate in a

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Exercise in manipulation -CP Chandrasekhar

group of economists and social science researchers, titled A Quantum Leap in the Wrong Direction?, assessing the Narendra Modi government’s record, provides two telling sets of numbers. First, agricultural labourers, who constitute close to half of those employed in agriculture, saw their wages rise by 3.8 per cent during the Modi years, when per capita GDP rose by 6.1 per cent. These workers clearly did not do as well as the rest. On the other

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Missing: The woman farmer -Sakshi Rai

tor employs nearly 80 percent women workers. Despite such high numbers, both the sector and the macroeconomic policy framework are yet to recognise them as farmers. Moreover, 81 percent of the female agricultural labourers belong to dalit, adivasi and OBC communities (ILO, 2010). The largest share of casual and landless labourers also comes from these social groups. The burden of the agricultural debt has also inadvertently fallen upon women. When

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Crumbs for farmers -R Ramakumar

promises to India’s farmers, who are in distress, is the admission: we have failed you. No section of society has perhaps fared worse under the Narendra Modi regime than small peasants and agricultural labourers. Rural India, particularly peasants, voted in large numbers for the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in 2014. Once in power, the NDA government promised to double the incomes of farmers between 2015 and

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