Livelihoods News

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said his government has doubled the budget for agriculture to Rs 2.12 lakh crore to achieve its objective of doubling farm income by 2022.

Interacting with farmers from over 600 districts via video conferencing, Modi said the four cornerstones of the government policy for raising farm income are cutting input cost, fair price for the crop, preventing the produce from rotting and creating alternate sources of income.

New Delhi: In what may be a game changer for India’s beleaguered electricity distribution sector, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is considering setting up a pan-India power distribution company, said two people aware of the development.

According to the 2011 census, 45% of India’s workforce is engaged in non-agricultural activities i.e. professions other than cultivation and agricultural labour. This number diminishes by slightly more than two percentage points if one excludes two other primary sector activities: mining and plantations, forestry and fishing. Who are these workers? Which industries and at what positions do they work in?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to lift India’s economic growth rate to double digits after it recovered to a sevenquarter high of 7.7% in the March quarter, with the onus on states to do their bit to contribute to the effort while cautioning the country that the task will be challenging.

The Centre will continue to focus on farm income and mining, Modi told the fourth meeting of the Niti Aayog’s governing council on Sunday and reiterated the work done by his government across social sectors in the past four years.

AN INTER-MINISTERIAL task force has counted up to 53,236 people involved in manual scavenging in India, a four-fold rise from the 13,000-odd such workers accounted for in official records until 2017.

While the numbers are an improvement from before, when a majority of states denied the existence of the practice, it is still a gross underestimate as it includes data from only 121 of the more than 600 districts in the country.

New Delhi, Jun 11 (PTI) Women self help groups in rural areas are the real agents of development, Union Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said today while conferring national awards to the best performing SHGs from across the country.

Tomar awarded 34 women SHGs under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) at an event here.

NAGPUR: Despite state government’s agriculture loan waiver scheme, there has been no change in the trend of farmers’ suicides in Vidarbha. In the first six months of the year, 428 farmers have committed suicide in six affected districts of the region.

The loan waiver scheme, which originally covered 35 lakh farmers, has further been expanded by extending the cut off date of loan defaults to be covered.

New Delhi: The Ministry of Skill Development and Entpreneurship (MSDE) has laid the foundation for a secure and skilled future for India through concentrated and unwavering efforts over the past 3 years. In a press conference Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan, shared the milestones achieved under Skill India, towards creating a 'job-ready' workforce to fuel India's economic growth engine. The event was also graced by Minister of State, MSDE, Anantkumar Hegde.

The government has been working to free the housing sector of corruption and middlemen to ensure people get their own houses without hassle, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday.

He also said that use of latest technology is ensuring faster building of houses for the poor in rural and urban areas at affordable cost.

The government has done away with the licensing permits for foreign vessels for coastal movement of agriculture, fishery and animal produce, besides allowing Indian citizens to charter ships for these, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said.

The move is also aimed at promoting processing of seafood at Indian hubs under the Sagaramala initiative rather than processing of Indian seafood in Singapore before further exports to countries like Japan.

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