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Plight of cotton farmers still unresolved -Sachin Kumar Sharma & Abhijit Das

-The Hindu Business Line The WTO hasn’t got the US to cut its cotton subsidies. This has hurt developing nations and distorted global trade in the commodity Recognising the importance of cotton in agriculture development, poverty reduction and international trade, World Trade Organization (WTO) observed World Cotton Day on October 7. While this initiative is laudable, it does not conceal the harsh reality that the WTO has failed repeated

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Women farmers focus of Rajasthan govt's new subsidy scheme -Rakesh Goswami

-Hindustan Times The scheme launched to give more subsidies to farmers will prefer women for benefits for gender mainstreaming in agriculture, said officials Jaipur: The Rajasthan government will focus on women farmers in a new subsidy scheme for livelihood improvement, said officials. The scheme launched to give more subsidies to farmers will prefer women for benefits for gender mainstreaming in

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Farmers' Movements call for protests across the country on October 24, 2019 against RCEP Free Trade Agreement

s is only projected to increase with the signing of RCEP. Indian farmers cannot be subjected to one more free trade deal that is not protective of their interests and pits them against significant subsidies elsewhere. We need to collectively resist and stop RCEP from moving further, and to ensure that agriculture - including the dairy sector and plantation products - is taken out of RCEP. We need to activate our respective state governments to inte

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The right to choose -Ashok Gulati

provisioned Rs 75,000 crore for this scheme. This is the first step towards direct cash (income) transfer to farmers’ accounts. As I have argued earlier, this scheme will be meaningful if other subsidies — such as those on food, fertiliser, power and irrigation, and agri-credit — are clubbed with the PMKY and given directly to farmers. The move should be complemented by allowing market forces to set prices. Else, PMKY may come at the

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Adopt a green growth strategy to boost the sluggish automobile sector

sing it to 30 percent from the existing 15 percent); * Government will consider various measures to revive demand for automobiles including scrappage policy (for example, car buyers get government subsidies for replacing their old vehicles); * The hike in registration fee has been deferred till June 2020; The above-mentioned demand-side steps (most measures announced by the FM are supply-side in nature viz. they are basically incentives prov

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'Population Explosion': The myth that refuses to go -Sarojini Nadimpally

n Regulation Bill’ in the Rajya Sabha. The Bill stipulates several incentives for families that have no more than two children. These include income tax rebates and free healthcare for parents, subsidies and loans for plots and houses. The Bill identifies penalties for contravening the norm, including reduced access to the public distribution system (PDS), higher interest rates on loans, lower interest on savings and disqualification from being

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Can equitable distribution of energy meet green concerns? -Rohit Azad and Shouvik Chakraborty

of pollution, should be that the policy at least has a neutral effect on emissions. This means that if it can’t reduce emissions, it should at least not increase them. New Delhi: Government subsidies are often dubbed as inefficient for an economy. While some subsidies may indeed do more harm than good, to argue that all of them are populist, and hence inefficient, is wrong. Recent announcements by

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Content management: On Aadhaar-social media linkage

atter, did not see merit in the idea. The Bench had during the hearings observed that following the Supreme Court’s decision in the Aadhaar case, the unique 12-digit-number can be used only for subsidies and welfare benefits; and pointed out that Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act has been struck down to the extent that it authorised body corporate and individuals to use the number to establish someone’s identity. The petitioners had approached

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New Andhra Pradesh Cultivators Act Unlikely to Solve Tenant Farmers' Problems -G Ram Mohan

d as revolutionary. “The Bill provides confidence among landowners about their title over the lands and at the same time has provisions for the tenant farmers to get bank loans, input and other subsidies, and the Crop Cultivator Rights Card will not affect the title of the landowner,” a press note from the chief minister’s office stated. Agriculture activists, however, suspect the new Act may actually reverse the positive aspects

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From Plate to Plough: A win-win deal -Ashok Gulati

--The Indian Express Replacing subsidies with direct cash transfers to farmers’ accounts will empower them as well as consumers. In her budget speech, the Union finance minister (FM) said: “At the centre of everything that we do, we keep gaon, garib aur kisan in mind.” Here then is a small mantra for her to transform the lives of the kisan and the poor in rural areas. Just streamline the food and fertiliser More »

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