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Pathways to an income guarantee -Ram Singh

The answer is yes. Can government finances afford it? No. Even if the government can mobilise the required sum, is the scheme a good way of spending money on the poor? No. Many landless labourers, agricultural workers and marginal farmers suffer from multi-dimensional poverty. Benefits of high economic growth during the last three decades have not percolated to these groups. Welfare schemes have also failed to bring them out of destitution. They ha

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Rural distress deepens: Wage growth dips, non-farm jobs hit -Harish Damodaran

. In comparison, for the same month of the preceding five years (2009 to 2013) when the UPA was in power, nominal rural wages grew by an annual average of about 17.8 per cent. While CPI inflation for agricultural workers, too, averaged 11.1 per cent, the real growth in wages was still higher at 6.7 per cent a year. Please click here to read more.

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Ensure a minimum income for all -Ram Singh

, there is no need to transfer money to middle- and high-income earners as well as large landowners. However, there is a strong case for direct income transfers to some groups: landless labourers, agricultural workers and marginal farmers who suffer from multi-dimensional poverty. These groups have not benefited from economic growth. They were and still are the poorest Indians. Various welfare schemes have also failed to bring them out of penury.

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P Sainath, acclaimed journalist and Founder-Editor of the People's Archive of Rural India, interviewed by Anuradha SenGupta (

mary census abstract, as the column of farmer plummets the column of agriculture workers explodes. In my home state, the unified Andhra Pradesh in 2011, the farmer column depletes by 1.3 million, the agricultural workers column expands by 2 and a half times that number. Many are falling into the ranks of the agrarian underclass. They will do the farming, they will be labourers or slaves on the land they once owned. Second, you will go in for more and

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She is the answer -Bina Agarwal

ertising Women play key roles in food provisioning as producers, home food managers, and consumers. As producers, they constitute a high and growing proportion of farmers. In India, 35 per cent of agricultural workers are women (NSSO 2011-12) and women farm operators grew from 12.8 per cent to 13.9 per cent between 2010-11 and 2015-16 (agricultural censuses), not counting women working on male-managed farms. But women’s productivity depends c

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Vijoo Krishnan, joint secretary of the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), interviewed by Payel Majumdar Upreti (The Hindu Business Line)

t doesn’t have people from just one political line. However, the AIKSCC is against communal and casteist forces. As an organisation, it represents the interests of the landless, tenant farmers, agricultural workers, small, marginal and middle peasantry. * Did you get any reactions from the government after the march? The government has not spoken to any of us, but we’re used to that. What this mobilisation has helped in is building p

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How can small farmers' income be increased? -Yogesh Upadhyaya

d by small farmers in India and how they can be dealt with. As per the agricultural statistics of 2014, nearly 430 people depend on farming in India while 263 million people are either farmers or agricultural workers. Farmers are major contributors to the growth of Indian economy and their concerns impact policies in the country. Nearly 87 percent of farmers in India has less than two hectares of land while 69 percent does not even possess a h

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The time is ripe for unity -Prabhat Patnaik

this impression; it brought together for the first time in post-Independence India three distinct classes, the workers belonging to trade unions, the peasants organized under the Kisan Sabha, and the agricultural workers belonging to a different union altogether. There have been separate rallies of workers and of peasants earlier, but never a joint rally, and certainly not one that included agricultural workers More »

Farmers and smartphone politics -Jitendra

-Down to Earth Can pre-poll sops like giving smart phones with internet connectivity to farmers increase farm income? Last week, thousands of farmers and agricultural workers poured into the National Capital to attract and focus the attention of the Central government to their demands. The Mazdoor Kisan Sangharsh Rally, organised by farmers’ organization, All India Kisan Sabha, and the All India Agriculture Workers Union, broke all recor

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Working on skill deficit key to boost farm economy -Roshan Kishore

t the share of construction workers in total workers at more than 10%, this is less than 6% in the 2011 census. This is probably a result of the census and NSSO identifying the same set of workers as agricultural workers and construction workers, respectively. According to a paper by Jayan Jose Thomas and M.P. Jayesh at Indian Institute of Technology (Delhi), which first pointed to this discrepancy, this could be a result of the difference in the abil

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