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Good monsoon, govt support could revive rural demand -Ratna Bhushan & Sagar Malviya

fter Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned to power with a stronger mandate, last week decided that the government would cover 145 million farmers under the PM Kisan scheme, and irrespective of their land holdings will transfer Rs 6,000 to their bank accounts. The revised programme will now cover 20 million additional farmers. “Higher MSPs and rural stimulus would put more money in the pockets of rural consumers and boost consumerism. The liq

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Why the integrity of data matters -A Vaidyanathan

rtment of Statistics.) After providing for periodic repeat surveys (at quinquennial or decennial intervals) of some important aspects (notably consumer expenditure, employment, social consumption, land holdings, rural savings and investments), the subjects to be covered in a particular year and the scope of the inquiry are decided. The tasks of sampling design, the scope and content of information to be collected, design of schedules and protoco

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Farmers demand survey of land before implementing Title Guarantee Act -KV Kurmanath

-The Hindu Business Line Many countries have introduced Title Guarantee Acts to end uncertainty, duplication of land title deeds and endless disputes over the ownership of land holdings. Hyderabad: Farmers' unions and activists, on Tuesday, have asked the Telangana government to conduct a comprehensive survey of the land in the state before proceeding with the Title Guarantee Act. They said that the the state government should also introduc

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Are farm loan waivers a political gimmick? -Vikas Dhoot

e production rising. The demand is also low. So, whether the increase in farm production is enough for incomes is not clear. For small and marginal farmers, the additional problem is that the size of land holdings is declining. Earlier, the average size was two hectares, now it has come down to nearly one hectare. Marginal farmers have less than half a hectare. With these sizes, income is difficult to sustain. The recent stress is also because prices

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'PM KISAN scheme to benefit just 38% farmers till polls conclude' -Saurabh Katkurwar

oll plank to address rural distress.. Under the scheme, direct income support of Rs 6,000 per year in three equal installments is to be provided to about 12.5 crore small and marginal farmers with land holdings below two hectares or five acres. The officials cited delays in sharing of required information and its verification by the states and unavailability of digitised land records as major reasons for the scheme not reaching all the intended

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Why the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme will be hard to implement -Priscilla Jebaraj

this month, aims to give ?6,000 a year to 12 crore farmer families who own up to two hectares of cultivable land. * What are the challenges? The number of beneficiaries comes from the number of land holdings of two hectares or less, according to the last agricultural land census. However, the guidelines say a single family may hold multiple land parcels, which will be pooled to determine their eligibility for the benefit. Similarly, even landhol

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Prof. Abhijit Sen, a former member of the erstwhile Planning Commission, interviewed by Asit Ranjan Mishra (

bloated the expenditure significantly? It wouldn’t have bloated it much because the total number of households in rural areas is 180 million. The total number of households with operational land holdings is 140 million, out of which 120 million are below two hectares and will be the current beneficiaries. So, that would add only Rs. 4 crore, or so, to the total number. * How else could it have been done? If you want to do something for

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Removing the roots of farmers' distress -C Rangarajan & S Mahendra Dev

-The Hindu Steps like limited procurement, boosting productivity and consolidating land holdings can help reduce agrarian distress Recently, there has been active discussion on the strategies addressing farm distress. There are media reports that the ‘interim Budget’ may focus on the farm sector among other things. Agrarian distress, in the present context, is mainly in terms of low agricultural prices and, consequently, poor farm

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Conversion of farmland sowing seeds of resentment in Karnataka -Sharan Poovanna

s put nearly 200,000 hectares of farmland to non-agricultural use, including for industrial, residential and infrastructure projects. Besides shrinking farmlands, the number of dependents on existing land holdings have also increased considering little employment opportunities elsewhere. From 1.312 million hectares in 2000-01 (cumulative), the total land put to non-agricultural use has risen to 1.495 million hectares (cumulative) in 2016-17, accord

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Marginal & small holdings saw increased fragmentation & contracted size between 2010-11 and 2015-16, indicates latest Agriculture Census

lts of the Agriculture Census 2015-16 became available in the public domain. The report, among other things, highlights the long-terms problems affecting Indian agriculture including fragmentation of land holdings (particularly the marginal and small ones) and shrinking average size of farm land. The provisional results of the latest Agriculture Census reveal that at the national level the average size of operational holdings reduced from 1.15

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