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Dealing with malnutrition: Why Indian women must eat with families -Charu Bahri

, it was usually after the rest of the family had finished its meal — the men first, the children next and themselves last. This is a common practice in many Indian households, but among the rural poor it makes women and children, some of the weakest in the world, hungrier and sicklier, sparking a cascade of slow development, eventually implicated in holding back national economic progress. “Particularly among the More »

Copy Sainik School model in all schools: PMO to HRD -Ritika Chopra

ry is of the view that it would be easier to replicate such elements in JNVs, which are also residential schools. These schools, run by the Centre, provide quality education to talented students from rural areas, selected through an entrance test. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has advised the HRD Ministry to include elements of military schools (Sainik Schools) — aimed at promoting discipline, physical fitness and a patriotic outloo

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Think beyond loan waivers -Ramesh Chand & SK Srivastava

utional sources, which involve high interest rate, is rising faster than from institutional sources. These indicators point to a worrying development — much of the growth in household demand in rural India has been debt-ridden and not supported by growth in income. Recently a few States like Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab and Karnataka have responded to farm distress by rolling out farm loan waiver schemes as a measure of immediate relief

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Govt admits PM crop scheme lapses

e previous UPA governments for the plight of the farmers. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was fully committed to serve the poor and the farmers and no government had ever invested as much in the rural sector as the current regime. Singh also picked loopholes in the green revolution ushered in by Indira Gandhi, arguing that the entire focus was on increasing production without considering its ill-effects and the need for supporting infrastructu

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A new movement is born -Yogendra Yadav

farmer movement has to face the reality of farmers’ suicides. This new movement is erasing the traditional distinctions of landlord, peasant, sharecropper or landless farmer. Impoverishment of rural India has forced farmers’ movements to bring all sections of farmers together. ‘Kisan mazdoor ekta’ has been a slogan of the Left for a long time, but it is only recently that the slogan has found resonance inside farmers’ mo

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rural India's distress conundrum -Ishan Bakshi

-Business Standard Leading economic indicators suggest a recovery is underway It’s difficult to make sense of what’s happening in the rural economy. On the one hand, leading economic indicators suggest a recovery is underway. As Chart 1 shows, unemployment is down and real wage growth is up. Two-wheeler sales are also up — suggesting a recovery in household demand. Yet, rural s

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Maharashtra makes drip irrigation mandatory for sugar cane cultivation -Abhiram Ghadyalpatil

cultivation consumes 71% of Maharashtra’s irrigated water. The state cabinet on Tuesday approved a pilot project that will be implemented with loan from the National Bank for Agriculture and rural Development (Nabard), Maharashtra agriculture minister Pandurang Phundkar said. Phundkar added that the pilot project would be implemented on a priority basis in Marathwada districts which accounts for 25% of Maharashtra’s total sugar cane cul

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The People Are Watching -Rakshita Swamy

ed monitoring system. The Supreme Court too in an ongoing PIL has taken a note of these recommendations and is exploring strengthening social audit as a systemic solution in law. With its roots in rural Rajasthan, social audits refer to a legally mandated process where potential and existing beneficiaries evaluate the implementation of a programme by comparing official records with ground realities. The public collective platforms of jansunwais or

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Why is vegetarianism in India linked to purity? -Nandini Rathi

pollute’ and ‘contaminate’ the shared kitchen by bringing in non-vegetarian food items. In fact, it is true, as per the sample survey above, that urban India is more vegetarian than rural India. Tiffin policing or ‘guidelines’ in Indian schools and workplaces is also not unheard of. In many urban schools, parents are instructed to pack appropriate (vegetarian) food in their wards’ lunch boxes. Many workplace cant

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