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Budget 2018: Can Centre allay farmers' concerns over price crash, low market density? -Jitendra

ing Union Budget 2017-18, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley gave much emphasis on farmers. He even announced an increased budget outlay for agriculture, which made media houses declare it as a budget for rural India. Soon, the dust settled down and reality came to the surface. The budget was increased by mere Rs 3,053 crore to Rs 51,026 crore. Only 0.30 per cent of total GDP has been spent on Agriculture. Consequently, its effect is now visible on the gro

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If it's a farm budget from Arun Jaitley, then it needs to be a smart one

e government thinks that economic growth is not justifiable and equitable but also because farm distress can spoil the BJP's electoral chances. The Gujarat assembly elections saw erosion in the BJP's rural base. Elections are coming up this year in several predominantly agricultural states. And this is the last full Budget before the Lok Sabha elections next year. However, more freebies will not ensure that the farm sector comes out of its long crisi

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Ability versus aspiration -Rukmini Banerji & Wilima Wadhwa

lopment around the same time, confirmed that well over 90 per cent children in this age group were enrolled in school. In fact, tracking ASER data over time, we can see that for children (6 to 14) in rural India, enrolment rates have over 95 per cent for over 10 years now. What are the implications of almost all children being in school? It is well known that enrolment is high. What is less known is that for the first time in the history of India,

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Following the grain trail: on India's public distribution system -Jean Dreze

monthly PDS rations of 5 kg per person were restricted to those whose individual names had been linked with Aadhaar in the ration-cards database. The following sort of situation is now very common in rural Jharkhand: a family has five members, but only three are listed along with their Aadhaar number in the database, so the family ends up getting 15 kg of rice per month instead of 25 kg. This restriction, incidentally, is a flagrant violation of the i

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Panel sets out an action plan to make agriculture profitable -Sayantan Bera

ment that includes both the state and central machinery,” it said. The report also suggested a national level policy and planning committee represented by ministers of agriculture, commerce, rural development, water resources, food and consumer affairs, and food processing, among others. Its proposed task would be to review the policy framework and progress in doubling farmer’s incomes, review trade policy, budgetary allocations and sta

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Drought in parts of MP and Rajasthan, shift to gram keep wheat sowing low -Sanjeeb Mukherjee

nd a shift in area towards more lucrative gram, has pulled down wheat and mustard acreage in the current rabi season. This, with low farm-gate prices for a second year, has aggravated distress in rural areas. Water levels in major reservoirs are also lower than last year’s. In MP, wheat sowing was around 865,000 hectares less than last year as almost 400,000 hectares in areas adjoining Indore had shifted towards gram, while the rest was

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Farmers in state reaping benefits of 'Bhoomee' app

on and trends are provided. The benefits and impact of the platform include increase in choice of buyers, crop protection service that helps farmers reduce production cost by up to 50 per cent and rural employment opportunities in the roles of DESEE force agents, direct sales agents and extension force. The platform has facilitated lending of `1 crore to agri equipment firms to expanding their businesses. The New Indian Express, 17 January, 2018

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Can Budget 2018 address slowdown in rural economy? -Tadit Kundu Union Budget 2018 may be able to offer sops for big farmers but it would not be able to deal with the structural challenges facing India’s rural economy The results of the Gujarat elections, in which the opposition Congress outperformed the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in rural constituencies, and the growing number of farmer agitations in the country have focused attentio

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ASER report 2017: In villages, as they grow up, more girls drop out of school -Uma Vishnu

-The Indian Express The 2017 ASER report focuses on 14 to 18-year-olds, interviewing over 30,000 children across 28 rural districts. Uma Vishnu explains some of its findings. 86% of youth in the 14-18 age group are still within the formal education system It has been eight years since the Right to Education (RTE) Act came into force in 2010, making elementary education a fundamental right for those in the 6-14 age group. Therefore, the 14-y

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ASER report 2017: More rural teens staying back in school but struggle with reading, math; girls worse off -Shradha Chettri & Uma Vishnu

uth are high on aspiration (about 60% wanted to study beyond Class 12), they are short on vital, everyday skills that are needed to help them get to where they aspire. New Delhi: Boys and girls in rural India between 14 and 18 years of age are most likely to be in school or even college with access to a mobile phone, they may even have a bank account to their names but are most likely to struggle with elementary math and English. Only four out of t

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