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Farmers Across 20 States Block Roads to Protest Against Farm Laws

-The Indian Express Farmers participated in the protests at more than 5,000 locations across India, and similar demonstrations in larger numbers are expected to be held in New Delhi later this month. New Delhi: At least one million farmers across 20 states took to the streets on Thursday against the three recently passed agriculture laws and the proposed Electricity Amendment Bill, All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) leader Avik Saha told...

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MGNREGA has already used up half its annual funds

-The Hindu The study noted that wages in the scheme are 25-30% lower than the minimum wages for Agricultural Workers in most States. One-third of the way through the financial year, government data shows that the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme has used up almost half its allocated funds, spending more than ₹48,500 crore out of the expanded ₹1 lakh crore allocation announced following the COVID-19 outbreak. A new...

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Govt’s rural focus could hit urban economy -Aunindyo Chakravarty

-The Tribune This is a crucial moment for Modinomics. Till now, government schemes have been used to help the poorest of the poor survive, even when they do not have any regular source of income. The middle class has continued to back the PM, hoping his policies will yield dividends. The industrial recession has shaken that belief. It could well be the beginning of their disenchantment with the PM. IN 2014, journalist...

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Almost 60% of farm households that harvested crops in April faced a yield loss, shows a recent telephone survey conducted across 12 states

-Press release by Centre for Sustainable Agriculture (Hyderabad), Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, and Public Health Foundation of India, dated 20th May 2020 The Centre for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA, Hyderabad), Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI, New Delhi), and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Boston) recently completed a telephone survey of 1,429 agricultural households across 12 states and 200 districts in India. The study was conducted between...

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Impact of COVID-19 on Agricultural Workers -Navpreet Kaur and Amanpreet Kaur

-Vikalp.ind.in The unplanned countrywide COVID-19 lockdown has resulted in widespread distress to both principal classes among the rural population namely the peasants and Agricultural Workers. Peasants suffered in the first place from crop losses due to unplanned lockdown induced delay in harvesting of mechanised crops. Apart from this an additional problem for peasants was the elevated fluctuation in prices (fall in nominal prices more often than not) of both crops and...

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