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Farmers wilt under fodder, water crisis in Karnataka -Vishwanath Kulkarni & Anil Urs

farmers practice mainly dryland farming. “This is year, there is no ragi and no rearing of silkworms,” says Shivaraju, another farmer. The village tank is being de-silted under the MNREGA rural employment scheme, and most of the villagers are engaged in the operations. As Karnataka reels under the impact of its fourth consecutive drought, the production of key crops such as paddy, sugarcane and even the staple ragi has taken a hit, affecti

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Govt likely to keep MGNREGA labour budget for 2017-18 unchanged -Sanjeeb Mukherjee

end of 2016-17 could be around Rs 3,000-4,000 crore For the second year running, the Centre is likely to approve a labour budget of around 2.2 billion person-days under the Mahatma Gandhi National rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).   The labour budget, for 2017-18, could be enhanced as well, if more demand is generated owing to drought or insufficient rainfall in any part of the country, senior officials said. Labour budget refers

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From plate to plough: Development with cow -Ashok Gulati & Smriti Verma

that this can be achieved by putting the cow (dairy) in the lead role; this will assure incomes to farmers and provide employment to 70 per cent or more of the female workforce. It can also cut down rural poverty very fast. So, we are looking at “development with the cow” — and not “cow over development”. UP’s dairy sector requires more milk processing units, immediately. The state’s new chief minister sho

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Discrimination against girl child still continues in Odisha -Hemanta Pradhan

hild? Strong action should be taken against the parents of the baby girl," she added. Census 2011 showed a considerable fall in child sex ratio (0-6 years) from 953 in 2001 to 941 in 2011. In rural areas, the ratio hovers between 955 and 946 and in urban areas the decline has been to an extent of 20 points (933 to 913) in a decade. Highest child sex ratio is recorded in Nabarangpur district. Ratio of the district's More »

How many Indians have Internet? -Aarati Krishnan

Digital divide The Internet connections that India does have, are pretty unevenly distributed too. TRAI data recognises that while urban India has 61.9 Internet subscriptions per 100 people, rural India gets by with just 13.7. There’s also a yawning gap in connectivity between States depending on the state of their network infrastructure and relative affluence. While the city of Delhi alone boasts 2.2 crore Internet connections, the

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Tamil Nadu: Lion's share of bank loans against gold, villages fall prey to loan sharks -Arun Janardhanan

s have got 31.5 per cent of the total loans in India,” he says, slamming the disparity in the loan system. S Nagoor Ali Jinnah, Chief General Manager of the National Bank for Agriculture and rural Development (NABARD), agrees with Franco that a target should be set by the RBI for core agri business loans. “These are the actual agriculture loans that reach farmers,” Franco says. Please click here to read more.

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India slips in human development index

s”. It pointed out that “in 1965, for example, Dalits held fewer than 2% of senior civil service positions, but the share had grown to 11% by 2001”. The HDR also hailed the national rural employment guarantee programme as a “prime example” of “combining social protection with appropriate employment strategies”. The report noted with approval India’s progressive laws, especially the Right to Informatio

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Build Separate Crematoriums For Dalits: Gujarat Assembly Panel

. These suggestions were made in two of the committee's reports tabled on the floor of the House on 20 March. In it's scrutiny report on the welfare schemes for SCs run by the state Panchayats, rural Housing and rural Development department, the Assembly panel said Dalits are facing problems in conducting last rites of their family members in those villages where there are separate crematoriums for va

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Why India Needs MNREGA: Evidence From Gujarat -Udayan Rathore

their earnings, improved connectivity in the area and led to higher farm yields. In the ubiquitous environment of the withdrawal of the welfare state across the globe, the Mahatma Gandhi National rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) in India stands out as a critical and unique intervention. MNREGA is a social safety net that guarantees 100 days of employment to every rural household in a financial ye

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MNREGA Is Not Making India's Workforce Less Skilled - Here's Why -Naman Garg and Aarushi Kalra

-TheWire.in MNREGA acts as a safety net not only against extreme poverty but also against the exploitation of workers. The Mahatma Gandhi National rural Employment Guarantee Act (MMNREGA) and its impact on the various aspects of the economy continues to be an active area of research. A piece by Sumit Agarwal, Shashwat Alok, Yakshup Chopra and Prasanna L. Tantri titled “Is MGMNREGA destroying factory jobs? Disquieting data shows it discou

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