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Ensure a minimum income for all -Ram Singh

d education. Besides, 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 t

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Maharashtra farmers protest: 7,500 farmers reach Nashik, march to Mumbai from today - Zeeshan Shaikh

-The Indian Express The march is set to end on February 27 at the state Legislative Assembly in Mumbai, when the Budget Session would be in progress. Nashik: Tribals, landless agriculturalists and small farmers converged in Nashik on Wednesday for their second “long march” to Mumbai since March last year. In small contingents, they arrived from places like Peint, Trimbakeshwar, Kalwan, Palghar and adjoining areas, getting off t

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Maharashtra farmers set for Long March, again -TV Jayan

ch last year and take measures to alleviate the suffering of farmers in the wake of a severe drought that has gripped half the State. Last year’s Long March — which started with 25,000 landless and tribal farmers and ended in Mumbai with 50,000 farmers — was a watershed in farm movements in the country. The images of barefoot farmers, walking with bleeding feet, into the commercial capital in the dead of the night, flashed on tele

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Missing: The woman farmer -Sakshi Rai

icy 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 unpacking schemes for women farmers, the Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana (MKSP) is the only sub-programme u

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The solution is universal -Rajendran Narayanan & Debmalya Nandy

nd MGNREGA is a universal programme. Any rural household willing to do manual work is eligible under the Act. According to the 2011 Socio-Economic and Caste Census, around 40% of rural households are landless and depend on manual labour. The landless can earn through the MGNREGA but are not eligible for the PM-KISAN scheme. Notwithstanding the meagre amount, the PM-KISAN might be pitting the More »

How useful will farmer support be? -Sanjiv Phansalkar It will not be easy to optimally deploy the basic income support announced by the government for small and marginal farmers. The scheme has large exclusions in the landless and the women as well India has taken the first step in providing basic income support to small and marginal farmers owning up to 2 hectares of land. This is to be a direct benefit transfer (DBT) of an annual Rs 6,000 in three installments. The government

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With an ocean of salt -Rajeev Gowda

lowing with announcements aimed at targeting different sections of voters. But it is instructive to see who is left out. The Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana targets land-owning farmers, when it is actually landless labourers and tenant farmers who are experiencing rural distress more acutely. As has been the pattern of this government’s budgets, they have been ignored once again. The urban poor have also been ignored. Whereas the urban middle class ha

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There is so much confusion about the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana

s corresponds to the person who actually cultivates the land rather than its ownership.  Many experts and economists, however, doubt whether the government's new Income Support Scheme covers landless and tenant farmers (comprising mainly Scheduled Caste & Scheduled Tribe farmers and women farmers) as well as sharecroppers. From table-1, one could check that in 2015-16 there were 9,98,58,000 (viz. almost 9.99 crore) marginal and 2,57,77,00

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

ing its credibility NEW DELHI: The income support scheme announced in the interim budget for small and marginal farmers is both regressive and inefficient, because it neither includes the poorest landless farmers, nor does it seek to improve farm productivity, said economist and former member of the erstwhile Planning Commission Abhijit Sen. Sen also said that there were better alternatives such as a quasi-Universal Basic Income (UBI) scheme, sugg

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Farm loan waiver: Majority and poorest farmers do not benefit-a status check -Prasanna Mohanty

nd so requires a comprehensive approach to pull the sector out of the crisis. Here we take a look at some of the solutions being bandied about these days. Loan waiver helps a minority, excludes landless Farm loan waiver is no panacea, but an emergency relief for some farmers, not all. That is because it benefits only those farmers who have taken loans from institutional sources. Last NSSO survey of 2013 showed 52% of agriculture households we

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