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India fails to protect property rights of indigenous and rural women, says report

scrimination against Women In what could be a wake-up call to global conservation efforts, a new report by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) says that legal protections for indigenous and rural women to own and manage property are missing in India and 29 other low and middle-income countries, together which account for 3/4th of the developing world’s forest. The study analysed 80 legal frameworks in these countries and said that a

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Maharashtra govt reviews measures for prevention of malnutrition death in tribal areas

of Health Department Dr. Vijay Satbir Singh, Principal Secretary of Finance, Vandana Krishna, Tribal Department Secretary Manisha Verma, Women and Child Welfare Secretary Vinita Singhal, Secretary of rural Development Asim Gupta. Along with Palghar, Nandurbar, Amravati Collectors, Zilla Parishad CEO, various officers and NGOs working in tribal areas were present. Death of tribal kids during monsoon period when their parents don't get work has been

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Job creation in high-growth India should be a top priority -Harsh Mander

the situation is almost as hopeless for the distress migrant to the city. The 12 million people joining the labour force includes those who seek work in the cities because of the near-death of the rural economy. The worst-hit by jobless growth indeed are rural workers and distress migrants. The socio-economic and caste census (SECC) survey revealed that 56% rural More »

India uses up more groundwater than US and China -Subodh Varma

ny cities, including Bengaluru and Chennai, water scarcity has reached crisis levels and in pampered Delhi, every summer brings intense water scarcity for the disadvantaged sections. Meanwhile, in rural India, zooming agricultural production over the years has mostly been fuelled by heavy use of groundwater because not enough investment was made for using surface and rainwater through canals and reservoirs. Now, take a look at India's water equatio

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Distress in abundance -Anupama Katakam

the Marathwada and Vidarbha regions. Farmers and agriculture experts in the State say that if tur is not procured within the next few months, it can lead to serious problems in an already distressed rural economy. In a belated move, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis appealed to the Centre to extend the deadline for procurement at the minimum support price (MSP) to the last week of April, but the Centre refused. Following this, he announced a Rs.1,0

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Why India needs another statistical revolution -Pramit Bhattacharya

d by policymakers and analysts. The state’s ability to amass and collate administrative data seems to grow by the day. Most big schemes of the government, such as the Mahatma Gandhi National rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) and the Jan Dhan Yojana today collect and disseminate detailed disaggregated data. Yet, the once-famed statistical bodies, the Central Statistical Organization (CSO) and the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO),

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From plate to plough: An unfulfilled farm manifesto -Ashok Gulati & Siraj Hussain

the Modi government has progressed in turning those promises into reality. The BJP manifesto stated: “BJP commits highest priority to agricultural growth, increase in farmers’ income and rural development. BJP will increase public investment in agriculture and rural development; take steps to enhance profitability in agriculture by ensuring a minimum of 50 per cent profits over the cost of prod

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Rs 20,000 in bank accounts to be rural poverty barometer -Subodh Ghildiyal

ildren up to three years, percentage of children with full immunisation, number of girls completing secondary education and skilling courses. These are among the parameters being considered by the rural development ministry to monitor its coming plan to create 50,000 poverty-free gram panchayats, its success to be measured against the "wellbeing of households" of a village. Around 20 criteria for development will be clubbed into three

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24x7 water for this honest village -Animesh Bisoee

panchayat, Potka block, get safe tap water to drink. The reason behind it is surprising. Swajaldhara, a UPA-I drinking water scheme based on self-financing, which largely failed in the country as rural masses showed scant interest in maintaining bore wells and pipes, has become a rare success in Durku. "The Swajaldhara scheme was executed by Jamshedpur drinking water and sanitation department in 2012-13 at a cost of Rs 6.5 lakh in our vill

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What the Data Tells Us About 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas' -Anamitra Roychowdhury

face of vanishing livelihoods. On the other hand, surest way to provide relief to agricultural labourers (for inclusive growth) in drought years is to generate adequate non-farm employment in the rural sector by pumping in money to the Mahatma Gandhi National rural Employment Guarantee scheme. As Figure 1 above suggests, the government actually reduced allocation to MGNREGA (as percent of GDP) during 20

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