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Why Cash Transfers Cannot Replace Structural Reforms In Agriculture -Padmini Ramesh

-IndiaSpend.com New Delhi: With the launch of the Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana (RGKNY) on May 21, 2020, Chhattisgarh became the sixth Indian state in two years to initiate a direct cash transfer scheme for farmers. The scheme aims to supplement the income of the state’s 1.9 million farmers by Rs 10,000-Rs 13,000 per acre of land owned. Cash transfers for COVID-19 relief and stimulus are also gaining salience, with the Centre...

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A scheme for farmers that has not reached most farmers -Bhim Reddy & Abhishek Shaw

-The Hindu PM-Kisan is limited in both scope and implementation The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan), a cash transfer programme that draws on major initiatives by two State governments, has a long way to go in terms of both its implementation and scope of coverage. Even as the cropping season is under way, the scheme’s support has not reached farmers in most of the country’s regions. Launched by the Centre at the...

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Ryot widows denied share of univided property -Swathi Vadlamudi

-The Hindu Title holding in-laws refuse to share benefits like Rythu Bandhu Hyderabad: Lakshmi is a woman farmer with a small holding in Gadsingapur village of Pargi mandal in Vikarabad district. She is left with two children, both girls, after her husband committed suicide a few years ago unable to bear the burden of mounting debts. She grew paddy and groundnut in her one acre land for some time, but later has been...

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Everybody loves a farmer -Vijoo Krishnan

-Frontline.in The cash transfer schemes the Narendra Modi government and several State governments have announced to woo the peasantry ahead of the election, like the loan waivers, short-change farmers because they avoid the vital issue of remunerative prices for farm produce. In a sudden flurry of new-found concern for the long-suffering Indian peasant, parties across the political spectrum are desperately trying to woo this section of society. In fact, ever since...

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Most vulnerable farmers are left out as states across India start money transfers to farmland owners -Mridula Chari

-Scroll.in Landless farmers are left out of Telangana’s Rythu Bandhu, but nominally included in Odisha’s Kalia. For two decades, Chinthanna Linganna, 55, has cultivated agricultural land leased from others in Talamadugu village in Telangana’s Adilabad district. He currently rents 20 acres of land to grow cotton. Since May, the people who own this land have received cheques of up to Rs 1.6 lakh from the state government as agricultural investment support. Linganna...

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