Livelihoods News

New Delhi, Oct 15: The housing and urban affairs ministry plans to allow housing projects in villages close to mega cities, in a bid to give momentum to the Centre's flagship housing programme, a senior official has said.

The housing ministry is in talks with the rural development ministry over the move and a decision on it was expected soon, the official said, on condition of anonymity.

The proposed plan is expected to give a momentum to the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban).


India is another major market for NPK (nitrogen, phosphate, and potash) fertilizers. The country is partly self-sufficient in nitrogen fertilizers, but it’s primarily dependent on imports for its potash and phosphate needs. India is expected to experience YoY (year-over-year) growth in the consumption of all three NPK fertilizers in 2017.


Digital technology can play a key role in fighting poverty, which can have disastrous consequences like fomenting armed conflicts and refugee crises, Indian lawmaker Santosh Ahlawat said. A member of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, Ahlawat, who is part of the Indian delegation to the current session of the General Assembly, said that despite recent successes in lifting millions across the world from poverty, “large scale chronic poverty continues to be the greatest challenge for humanity”.

Banks should focus more on women self help groups to expand the reach of the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana, urged Women and Child Welfare Minister Pankaja Munde at an event to promote the central government scheme to fund the non-corporate small business sector in the country.

Mohammed Mohsin, district in-charge Secretary, has said that the government has held meetings in seven districts on Vision-2025, and people have thrown focus on agriculture, tourism and industries.

Addressing presspersons during a public meeting on Vision-2025 here on Tuesday, he said that while seven meetings were held in the coastal districts, two meetings are being held simultaneously in Vijayapura and Kalaburagi on Tuesday.

Millions of India's poor artisans and craftspeople, struggling to keep alive their traditional crafts and livelihoods, have been hit hard by the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) that has pitted them in an unequal battle against machine-made products, says craft activist Laila Tyabji.

"The position of weavers is very vulnerable today because of GST. Handloom (products) were free of tax all these years, and it was very much part of national policy," Tyabji told IANS in an interview.

New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Friday said that the Central Government and the state governments must work together to accelerate the growth in the agriculture and food processing industry in the country by rolling out policies and incentives in the sector.

In a session called Weaving a Better Future at the India Economic Summit 2017 organized by the World Economic Forum and the Confederation of Indian Industry, the textiles industry and its various dimensions were discussed.

“Textile production in India contributes 4 per cent of GDP and 15 per cent of exports and is one of the largest generators of employment, yet Indian textiles lack export competitiveness,” said Daniel Moss, Global Economics Writer, Bloomberg View, the moderator of the session.

CHANDIGARH: The price of basmati paddy — the premier long grain rice in its unshelled form — has increased 30-45% from last year as farmers harvest a lower output in India, the largest producer and exporter, even as demand remains steady globally. Traders expect the price to remain firm through this season.

India gets increasingly monsoon-proof in farm output, but some areas still vulnerable

Indian agriculture's reliance on monsoon rainfall has reduced considerably over the last few years thanks to the increase in area irrigated, although there are still pockets — particularly in east and central India — where rains still are a decisive determinant of crop.