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MSP was not 1.5 times the cost of production for most kharif crops during the last 6 agricultural years

g Farming; Jai Kisan: Revised Draft National Policy for Farmers, please click here to access  2014 Bharatiya Janata Party Election Manifesto, 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,, 31 December, 2018,

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Another Lifeline Smothered: MGNREGA in Shambles -Samarth Grover

budget allocation, severe payment delays and low wages. Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) has been a tried and tested measure to target rising unemployment and ease rural distress in the country. The Rural Employment programme, which guarantees 100 days of manual work a year to at least one member of every rural household, came into effect on February 2, 2006. However, the scheme is being effectively strangulated rai

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An answer to rural distress -Ashok Gulati & Shweta Saini

-The Indian Express An income transfer policy combined with direct cash transfer is the best way to help the farmer Losses in the recent elections to the assemblies of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan have given the BJP a jolt. The party had misjudged the gravity of the farm distress problem till then: The Union agriculture minister described farmer agitations as “political drama”. However, the party not only acknowledges the crisis today but is also looking for wa

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For these farmers in Bihar's Jamui, hope is 27-years-old -Santosh Singh

-The Indian Express A post-graduate returns home to help farmers battle rural distress by growing, packing and selling additional, organic vegetable crop. Patna: Till nearly two years ago, Suhawan Singh Rathore from Bihar had the world before him. He had completed his Masters in Development at the Azim Premji University in Bengaluru, and started working as an innovation officer at a private firm in Bhubaneswar. But then, he had a change of

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Palanpur, a fascinating story of income growth, social change -Niranjan Rajadhyaksha

ow the village has changed over three generations. The Palanpur surveys offer us a microcosm of the broader change in Indian villages since Independence. They also have contemporary resonance when rural distress has become a hot-button political issue. The research conducted by some of the best development economists of our times thus deserves to be read more widely. I recently bought the new edition of a book edited by Peter Lanjouw and Nichola

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Slackening of demand indicators weakens India's growth impetus -Aanchal Magazine

squo;s where the real consumption breakdown is coming from. Consumption is weakening,” the Country Director for the India Programme of the International Growth Centre said. In a situation of rural distress, he says that farm loan waiver could turn out to be a lifesaver, if not the cure, by keeping open access to bank finance. The Reserve Bank of India’s data for gross bank credit shows it staying over 10 per cent since April, the first

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Going Beyond Loan Waivers, Odisha Announces Farm Scheme Worth Rs 10,000 Crore

d by many to be a measure to counter the larger political rhetoric around farm loan waivers set off by the Congress, the Biju Janata Dal government projected the scheme as a long term step to address rural distress, as against one-time relief. Known as the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA), the scheme, if successfully implemented, will benefit 92% of the total farming population or around 74 lakh households in the st

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Government eyeing quick fix for farm sector -Nistula Hebbar

rural income; BJP chief commissions survey The defeat in the Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh has made the government go back to the drawing board over the issue of rural distress, and some measures to bolster incomes in the countryside may be announced by the end of the winter session of Parliament. While the problems plaguing the agriculture sector are long-standing and need long-term solutions, there is a reali

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Open season for farm loan waivers

-The Telegraph In the long term, the only real solution to rural distress is to shift labour to more productive segments of the economy It has turned into an open season for farm loan waivers. Less than a week after assuming office, Congress governments in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have announced the waiver of crop loans up to two lakh rupees per farmer. The Congress president, Rahul Gandhi, has thrown down the gauntlet to the

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How The Modi Government is Killing Off MGNREGS -Subodh Varma Funding is not keeping pace with demand, and delays or vanished dues are discouraging job seekers in these times of extreme rural distress. Here is a little known but chilling fact about the rural job guarantee scheme, MGNREGS: between April and mid-December this year, about 1.28 crore people who demanded jobs were turned back. This refusal to give work has been happening every year but it has increased after the Modi government

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