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Agriculture sector representatives submit Budget wish list to finance minister -Madhvi Sally

-The Economic Times The government must extend benefits of the PM Kisan scheme to landless farmers and farm workers, said Ajay Vir Jakhar, chairman of the Bharat Krishak Samaj. Promote agri- startups particularly in rural regions, expand micro-irrigation, treat solar energy as third crop to augment income of farmers and enact labour reforms to push creation of off-farm jobs, were few of the suggestion which representatives of the agricultural

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Who's right for the forest anyway? - Vasudha Nagaraj, R Srivatsan and A Suneetha

rising dismay and shock at this judicial legitimation of unparalleled atrocity against the tribals. The order is nothing less than the final legitimised expropriation of the tribal communities (poor landless) under the pressure of rising capitalist industries. Evidence, history and culture The order stated that those tribals whose claims for forest pattas were rejected (i.e., whose proof of possession failed to meet the standards of evidence) s

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Drought-hit Marathwada, Vidarbha disenchanted with Elections 2019 -Abhiram Ghadyalpatil

ay. The next tanker for this well will come tomorrow morning," Kamble says. Nearby, Siddharam Balshingkar, 30, is trying to balance two plastic pots on his bicycle. Kamble and Balshingkar are landless labourers. For them, the drought means less opportunity to work as farm labourers. On 18 April, these victims of drought will vote, though they have little hope of a positive change irrespective of who wins the elections. “Kaahi farak padat

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MS Swaminathan, father of Green Revolution, interviewed by Jitheesh PM & Jipson John (

it up as long as a farmer took it. Even in the Farmers’ Commission report, land reform was one among pending items. It does not mean just redistribution of land, but also the surety of jobs for landless labourers, who should not be thrown out.  Because when we talk about agriculture, we do not talk about landless labourers and women. Asset reform is premised on the fact that agriculture requir

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Pathways to an income guarantee -Ram Singh

ge sum on the poor? 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

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Everybody loves a farmer -Vijoo Krishnan

the Biju Janata Dal’s Naveen Patnaik came up with the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA). This scheme aims to reach 92 per cent of the farmers, including 10 lakh landless farmers who will be supported for goat rearing, beekeeping, mushroom cultivation, poultry farming and fisheries. Please click here to read more.

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Most vulnerable farmers are left out as states across India start money transfers to farmland owners -Mridula Chari landless farmers are left out of Telangana’s Rythu Bandhu, but nominally included in Odisha’s Kalia. For two decades, Chinthanna Linganna, 55, has cultivated agricultural land leased from others in Talamadugu village in Telangana’s Adilabad district. He currently rents 20 acres of land to grow cotton. Since May, the people who own this land have received cheques of up to Rs 1.6 lakh from the state government as agr

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Income transfers are hottest trend in agricultural policy. But how do states identify beneficiaries? -Mridula Chari

ced in December. The scheme will give small and marginal farmers Rs 5,000 per season for five agricultural seasons, until the state reviews it again. It also includes assistance for sharecroppers and landless cultivators. It is one of several cash transfer schemes that state governments have rolled out for farmers in the last two years after persistent negative margins in agricultural markets sparked widespread protests. States such as Madhya Pr

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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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