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90% MPs yet to adopt a village in phase-3 of PM plan -Subodh Ghildiyal

and standard of living in villages. The timeline laid down that Phase-1 would finish by 2016 and two more gram panchayats would be developed by 2019. In what seems an expression of concern, the Union rural development ministry presented the lack of progress in Phase-3 of SAGY at the Performance Review Committee (PRC) meeting last week. Sources said with personal letters from RD minister Narendra Singh Tomar failing to move MPs, the Centre at the PR

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Tamil Nadu's MGNREGA Workers Left in the Lurch Due to Delayed Wages, Unused Funds -Divya Karthikeyan

some money if we went for the crop insurance scheme, but now that private banks are involved, the premiums are higher, we have nowhere to go if our crops fail. So the MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National rural Employment Guarantee Act) is the only recourse,” she said. “But [it is] all work and no money.” Delayed payments Tamil Nadu has forgotten to pay its workers the wages due to them under the MGNREGA scheme. Since 2015, the sta

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1 in 3 toilets built in rural areas unsafe: Survey -Dipak K Dash

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: Almost one in every three toilets built in rural areas are unsafe on health and sanitation parameters, a sample survey on the technologies under the Swachh Bharat Mission has shown. It has also found that nearly 60% of these toilets are twin-leach pits, which the government has been promoting under Swachh Bharat Mission considering that these are safer. The survey by WaterAid, an international non-profit- publish

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Multiple, inter cropping can trap insects before they become pests, says expert -Snehlata Shrivastav

icides and huge number of suicides, and now there is negligible use of pesticides there. This concept was brought there by Centre for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA), and the Society for Elimination of rural Poverty (SERP). In five years, lakhs of farmers in over 35,000 villages have changed their agriculture methods. They grow as many as 25 crops on the periphery of their fields, which act as pest repellents," said Parchure. Please click here

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Closely monitor rural roads, PM tells officials in review meeting

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed officials to ensure efficient and stringent monitoring of construction of rural roads and also for quick resolution of complaints received through the 'Meri Sadak' application. Modi took a review meeting on the progress in infrastructure sectors including rural housing, rural roads,

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Delhi air pollution: What kind of a challenge is stubble-burning? The crisis decoded -Shilpanjali Deshpande Sarma

ides, and water pollution. In parallel, along with the ecological degradation, the region has been witnessing stagnation in yields, rising input usage and costs in the absence of incremental returns, rural indebtedness and prevalence of serious health problems (which, while contested, is attributed to exposure to high input use, by some experts). This has culminated in the well-known agrarian crisis of India’s granary. Paddy residue burning i

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Chilling silence on pesticide poisoning -Reena Gupta

, or are under-reported. The organic food movement has created some awareness of residual pesticides in agricultural produce because this also affects the wealthy and informed urban population. rural impact But the worst impact of pesticide exposure is on the health of rural folks— men, women and children. It affects people directly involved in spraying these pesticides. Studies in More »

Modifying MGNREGA can alleviate India's farming crisis -Shreoshee Mukherjee

es employment when there is need, but without stress to farm production Indian agriculture is witnessing a period of complex socio-economic distress, evidenced at multiple farmer agitations across rural India, all demanding a higher remunerative price for their crops. According to the latest report of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP), paddy farmers managed on a marginal return of 4.4% on their investments whereas cotton farme

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Are rising tractor sales a sign of reviving demand in rural India? -Sayantan Bera

ahindra Ltd, the largest tractor maker in the country, last week said the domestic tractor industry grew 37% in the July-September quarter from a year earlier, helped by a normal monsoon that boosted rural sentiment and demand for the farm machines. The company added that the increase in minimum support prices for both kharif and rabi crops are likely to keep rural sentiment positive. Sonalika Internatio

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Bad air isn't just a Delhi problem, a lot more than 'odd-even' is needed -Nitya Nanda

en to make a real difference. Every morning a huge army of municipal workers get on to the roads with huge brooms in their hands, which is the first onslaught of the day on the air quality. People in rural areas know this and hence, in many villages, they sprinkle water before sweeping with brooms. Before Independence, the municipal authorities used to wash roads with water on a regular basis in cities like Delhi and Kolkata. Last year, the Delhi gove

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