Livelihoods News

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday launched the Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan at Ramnagar in Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh. At the event, Prime Minister Modi addressed panchayats across the country. Prime Minister Modi urged panchayat members to “focus on the right utilisation of funds, he said, adding that the government is committed to rural development.”

Bhadrak: Large scale irregularities in allocation of funds for housing scheme for rural poor under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) have been reported in Bhadrak district.

It has been alleged that more than Rs 80 lakh have been allocated to as many as 60 deserving persons in 14 panchayats of Chandbali in Bhadrak district under PMAY but the actual beneficiaries been deprived of the housing loans.

NEW DELHI: Recognising millets’ anti-diabetic properties and other nutritious characteristics, the Centre has notified it as “Nutri-Cereals” for production, consumption and trade.

India's sugar production is expected to top 29.5 million mt in the 2017-18 season, the highest amount on record, which is pressuring domestic prices, the Indian Sugar Mills Association said.

Retail prices have decreased 8% since November to an average of Rupee 38.88/kg (58.84 cents/kg) on Thursday, according to data from India's Ministry of Consumer Affairs.

The last time the union government brought MGNREGA wages at par with minimum agricultural wages was in 2009. Two years later, in 2011, only four states — Kerala, Goa, Haryana and Mizoram — had minimum agricultural wages higher than the notified MGNREGA wages of Rs 100 per day.

      States to get leeway in developing tourism, industrial infrastructure

The Centre has allowed India’s coasts to be made more accessible to tourism and industrial infrastructure and given individual States considerable leeway to decide how they should plan such development, according to a draft version of the proposed modification to India’s coastal regulation zone plan made public on the Environment Ministry website on Wednesday.

Barely 30% of requirement supplied, says industry representative; Cash back with a vengeance

Members of the automated teller machine (ATM) industry have blamed banks for not supplying adequate cash which has resulted in the acute shortage of cash in several parts of the country this month.

The 2018 southwest monsoon is expected to be ‘normal’, brightening chances of recovery in the farm sector, which has seen fluctuating growth rates in the recent past.

The monsoon rains were a tad below normal the previous year, though the weather department had projected those to be normal.

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is partnering with the Government of India, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Agri-solutions, to host a two-day conference starting today to discuss how to significantly improve the goat sector in rural areas, specifically in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Odisha states.

NEW DELHI: Farmers in some districts of northern India have lost up to a quarter of their crop on the eve of the harvest because of unseasonal rain and hailstorms, and face the risk of more showers in the days ahead.