Livelihoods News

To woo distressed farmers ahead of 2019 general polls, the government plans to announce a sharp increase in the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy, the key kharif crop, by 13 per cent to Rs 1,750 per quintal for the 2018-19 crop years, sources said.

The MSP of the other 13 kharif (summer-sown) crops are also expected to be increased sharply, they said.

Prime Minister Modi, during his interaction with the delegates of farmers from five states on Friday, June 29, promised a stable mechanism to ensure timely payments to them.

The PM addressed the farmers, led by union minister Satyapal Singh, who is also MP from Baghpat and former union minister Sanjeev Balyan, MP from Muzaffarnagar for about 40 minutes on the agricultural policies of the government. The meeting was held at the official residence of PM Modi, 7, Lok Kalyan Marg in National Capital.

Farmers to get 50 per cent over the Cost of Production

Union Minister of State for Agriculture Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Friday said 22,000 rural agriculture markets will be linked to make a national agricultural market by 2020. 

In a good news, India no longer is home to largest number of poor people in the world as this unwanted position has been taken over by Nigeria. In early 2018, the African nation overtook India as the land of world’s largest number of poor. “At the end of May 2018, our trajectories suggest that Nigeria had about 87 million people in extreme poverty, compared with India’s 73 million.

The Pune metropolitan region development authority (PMRDA), which is the nodal agency for implementing the pradhan mantri gramin awaas yojana (PMGAY) in the city, will be conducting a survey of the slum areas which fall under its jurisdiction.

Official spokesperson of the PMRDA, said, “As the PMRDA has been appointed as the nodal agency, we will be surveying the slums in the city. The basic aim of the survey is to identify the number of houses which needs to be built under the PM awaas scheme.”

Nearly half of India’s population could end up with no access to drinking water by 2030. Many of the world’s regions face destabilisation at the hands water scarcity, changing weather patterns and rising sea levels. A look at some vulnerable cities…


India’s water crisis is worsening because of mismanagement and inadequate conservation efforts.

New Delhi: Women living in urban parts of the country are involved in household chores more than their counterparts in rural areas.

According to Census 2011 data and the latest round of National Sample Survey (NSS), rural women make up 81.29% of the female workforce in India. The statistic includes both marginal and main workers. The Census describes main workers as those who are employed for most parts of the year.

The government is collating the rise in the number of skilled persons in the country since the launch of the flagship Skill India programme, following on from efforts to tally jobs.

The move for creating a data portal was triggered after cabinet secretary PK Sinha started conducting monthly review meetings in January on the number of skilled personnel, thus bringing all central ministries on board to converge their skilling programmes.

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.