Livelihoods News

Nearly 70% of India’s 90 million agricultural households spend more than they earn on average each month, pushing them towards debt, which is now the primary reason in more than half of all suicides by farmers nationwide, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of various government data.

The Central government has claimed that 91% of manual scavengers have been provided a one-time cash payment of Rs 40,000 and 108% of identified scavengers and their dependents have been selected for skill training under the rehabilitation programme for manual scavengers.

New Delhi: Following a collapse in wholesale prices of rain-fed pulses like arhar and moong over the past six months, farmers across India have reduced planting of these varieties, data on Kharif sowing released by the agriculture ministry on Friday shows. Simultaneously, farmers have planted more of cotton and sugarcane, compared with the year-ago period, the data shows.

On May 22, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) tweeted it had ratcheted the pace of rural road construction under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) to 133 km a day over the three years to 2016-17, up from 69.35 km a day in 2013-14.

In an effort to express its commitment to the sustainable development goals (SDGs), India has submitted its voluntary review report to the United Nations.

The review is centred around the goals of ending poverty and hunger, and ensuring healthy lives, besides achieving gender equality, building resilient infrastructure, etc.

New Delhi: Centre’s ambitious schemes for elderly aimed at promoting their health, well-being and independence have a minuscule number of beneficiaries. While only about 18% of all the elderly in India are accessing old-age pensions, only a quarter of widowed elderly women are benefitting from the widow pension scheme, revealed a report released by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Monday.

In the next five years, India plans to install 10,000 small-scale solar-power grids across the country to bring basic electrical power to communities without it.

But providing access to a minimal supply of clean energy - enough to power two LED lights for a few hours and charge a mobile phone - is probably not enough to significantly improve people's lives, research suggests.

New Delhi, June 17 (IANS) A project to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of child labour by tobacco growers has had a positive fallout — a significant improvement in school attendance.

The project, “Prevention of Child labour and Rural Development in Tobacco Growing Villages of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka”, is focused on development of school infrastructure, income-generation activities and awareness-building.

India’s labour markets are experiencing structural change from primarily agrarian to non-agrarian, but there is a dearth of reliable data to capture these shifts, including gainful employment that focuses on improved quality of work and the income derived from it, McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) said in a new report. India has delivered strong economic growth relative to many other countries in the past few years, but there are concerns about whether the growth has been inclusive or whether the country is heading for jobless growth.

New Delhi: As monsoon rains move across India—usually a boom time for the agriculture sector—farmers have left their land and taken to the streets amid growing anger over falling food prices and high debts.

With protests spreading around the country, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is under pressure to provide more incentives. A drop in food prices spurred deadly clashes last week, while India’s food inflation fell into negative territory, dropping 1.05% from a 0.61% rise in April, data on Monday showed.

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