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A reality check indicates that MSP set for 2019-20's kharif crops is not 1.5 times the 'C2' cost of production

t of production for most kharif crops during the last 6 agricultural years, News alert by Inclusive Media for Change dated 11 January, 2019, please click here to access    An answer to rural distress -Ashok Gulati & Shweta Saini, The Indian Express, 7 January, 2019, please click here to access  West Bengal: New schemes to provide Rs 2 lakh compensation for farmers' deaths, says Mamata Banerjee, Scroll.in, 31 December, 2018,

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Economic Survey's Call for MGNREGA to Become 'rural distress Indicator' a Nod to Jobs Crisis?

nal Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) following the demonetisation move of the government in 2016, the Economic Survey (released this July 4) has called for using the scheme as an indicator of rural distress.      “Demand for work under MGNREGA may be used to develop a real-time indicator of distress at the granular district/panchayat level,” the survey said. The survey noted that distress at the level of

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No sick leave, job rotation: India's gig workers are overworked, underpaid -Prachi Salve & Shreehari Paliath

when companies no longer hire directly and on permanent positions, but prefer to go via contracts, which enables them to hire and fire more easily, and cut back on perks and benefits. India faces rural distress-led migration and a four-decade-high unemployment rate of 6.1%, the Periodic Labour Force Survey conducted by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) between July 2017-June 2018, released May 31, 2019, said. The government had withheld thi

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Despite Narendra Modi's LPG push, household air pollution kills 8 lakh people -Prabhash K Dutta

* Modi government said it has distributed free LPG connections to 8 crore households Prime Minister Narendra Modi won a thumping majority in the Lok Sabha election dismissing all hullaballoo about rural distress and neglect of the poor. Analysts have credited Narendra Modi government's LPG scheme among other things for the BJP's return to power. The government claimed that it distributed more than 8 crore free LPG connections to the poor and Nar

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Safety Net That Works -Shonar Lala

In the run up to the elections, a plethora of redistributive programmes, including farm loan waivers, cash transfers and minimum income guarantees came to the forefront as campaigners sought to balm rural distress. Amongst these is a proposal to launch a revised NREGA 3.0, in which 150 days of employment would be guaranteed to the rural poor. Almost 15 years after it was enacted, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) stil

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Make up for lost time -Puja Mehra

alue added (GVA) growth is estimated at negative 0.1% and manufacturing GVA growth at 3.1% in the January-March quarter. The economy is struggling with an investments and a manufacturing slowdown, rural distress, unremunerative farm incomes, stagnating exports, a banking and financial mess and a jobs crisis. Sales figures from fast moving goods makers and continuing production cuts at car manufacturers confirm that consumption spending have slowed.

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Nationalism trumps drought in Marathwada -Kavitha Iyer & Parthasarathi Biswas

;s at a loss to understand the mood of the electorate. Another NCP leader said, “The posturing of Narendra Modi as a strong leader of the nation has taken prominence in the minds of voters over rural distress. The trend is clear – they want a strong leader in Delhi who can protect the nation.” Perhaps the most poignant comment came from Swabhimani Paksha leader Raju Shetti, one of Maharashtra’s foremost farmer leaders and si

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Missing demand: on economic slowdown

ehicles, a fair proxy for overall economic activity, slid 6% last month, a 16.4% drop in demand for two-wheelers extended the segment’s slump into the new financial year, mirroring the rippling rural distress. The data on passenger vehicles, which saw the steepest drop in almost eight years, add to the gloom. Car sales shrank almost 20% amid a protracted slump that shows no signs of a reversal. The latest industrial output figures from the gover

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How a rural distress helpline in Telangana is preventing farmer suicides -Priyanka Richi

eam of counsellors at Kisan Mitra, is among the many volunteers in the organisation who are lending a helping hand to the distressed farmers of Telangana. Kisan Mitra, a non-profit organisation, is a rural distress helpline that acts as an intermediary between the government and farmers. Set up in 2017, the helpline strives to provide financial security to farmers and makes sure entitlements reach their pockets on time. Apart from securing an econo

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'PM KISAN scheme to benefit just 38% farmers till polls conclude' -Saurabh Katkurwar

ed in its implementation. The scheme, announced in the interim budget on February 1 with retrospective effect from December 2018, was seen as Narendra Modi government's major poll plank to address rural distress.. Under the scheme, direct income support of Rs 6,000 per year in three equal installments is to be provided to about 12.5 crore small and marginal farmers with land holdings below two hectares or five acres. The officials cited delay

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