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Why KALIA may be better option than loan waiver in supporting big, small farmers

when a debate on validity of loan waiver is being discussed across the country. KALIA — a farmer-specific scheme launched by the state — includes payments to everyone from big farmers and landless cultivators to farm agricultural labourers. The scheme name abbreviated for Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation, launched last month, includes payments to encourage cultivation and associated activities. It completed its

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Prof. Abhijit Sen, a former member of the erstwhile Planning Commission, interviewed by M Rajshekhar (

ntly, it is linked to your being a farmer. How you define that is a bit up in the air because, on current definition, it does not include anyone who does not have any land. So, sharecroppers are out, landless labourers are out. So if you are in agriculture actually doing the work but on someone else’s field, then you do not get that support. * What are the pros and cons of rolling out such an idea nationally? It would certainly force all s

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The safety net of the future -Pranab Bardhan

time, and also applies in practice to a very limited number of crops and states). But it requires much better land records than we have in most states, and leaves out the large numbers of even poorer landless workers. All this distress arises directly or indirectly from India’s singular failure in creating enough secure jobs. The farm distress is ultimately because of low productivity (due to lack of enough irrigation, cold storage and extens

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Farmers' issues likely to dominate 2019 polls: Yadav

ecently more than 200 farmers’ groups came together under a single platform — All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee — to fight for their rights. “We saw both the landless and land owning farmers coming together on one platform as also the green and the red flag — representing different ideological strands in the agricultural sector — uniting for a common cause, which has forced political parties to tak

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Going Beyond Loan Waivers, Odisha Announces Farm Scheme Worth Rs 10,000 Crore

surance cover of Rs 2 lakh and an additional accident cover of Rs 2 lakh. Apart from small and medium farmers, the benefits will also be extended to sharecroppers, who are the actual cultivators, and landless agricultural labourers – an aspect unique to the scheme. In addition, the chief minister said, the financial assistance will also cover those who had to give up farming due to old age, disability or some disease. Announcing the scheme, h

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How The Modi Government is Killing Off MGNREGS -Subodh Varma

d, Sinking Availability of Work The demand for work in the MGNREGS has been rising continuously (see chart below). Driven by increasing joblessness and farming crisis, millions of people including landless labourers and small or marginal farmers seek some meagre income from the scheme. However, the number of persons actually given work is much less than the demand. Last year, 8.4 crore persons sought work, as per records, but only 7.2 crore were gi

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Farmers and others -Christophe Jaffrelot

-The Indian Express Will the kisan take care of interests of landless peasants as well? In the aftermath of the demonstrations by farmers in the name of agricultural prices and loan waiving, it is important to remember that village India also comprises of landless peasants who have nothing to sell on the market and have never gone to a bank. Their condition has deteriorated, too, as a result not onl

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In Bihar, along the gandak silt cultivation offers landless farmers a scanty sustenance -Nidhi Jamwal landless labourers in Bihar benefit from the silt that comes down from the Himalayas by growing vegetables, but it is an extremely tough life, with very little profit for the farmer Every year after the festival of Diwali, Pramod Prasad, a landless farmer from the Surajpur village in the Bairia block of West Champaran in Bihar, packs a set of clothes and some utensils to set out for t

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

s the farmers' march? It 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 h

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WeToo: Women in farming seek gender parity -Basant Kumar Mohanty

mily, a National Land Reforms Policy, a land tribunal and fast-track courts to resolve land rights cases and a monitoring structure to implement progressive land laws. The 25,000 sharecroppers and landless labourers were hoping that Union rural development minister Narendra Singh Tomar would address them in Gwalior last Tuesday. The department of land resources under the rural development ministry deals with land reforms. Minister of state for w

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