Livelihoods News

The Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) has improved mobility and increased access to economic opportunities, triggering a structural transformation in rural India, a World Bank draft report says.

Titled ‘Impact Evaluation of PMGSY’, the draft report reviewed by Hindustan Times presents the results of an impact evaluation of the rural roads scheme using data from Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan collected in 2009 and 2017.

New Delhi, Oct 6 (PTI) The National Health Agency (NHA), responsible for implementing the PMJAY, in a circular has advised states to authorise district collectors and district magistrates to identify eligible beneficiaries under the scheme.

The move comes amid reports of names of some people, who do not fall in the specified deprivation categories of the SECC data, figuring in the list of eligible beneficiaries.

Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday said farmers from the state would be rewarded with Rs 100 crore if they won Nobel prize in natural farming.

He said the government has set a goal of achieving 100 percent zero-budget natural farming (ZBNF) across the state by 2024.

Addressing a training programme for farmers in ZBNF, the Chief Minister said five lakh ryots have taken up cropping under this method in the state this year.

New Delhi, Oct 3 (KNN) In a bid to strengthen MSME credit growth, the central government has enhanced the loan limit to over Rs 1 crore for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) under the Prime Minister Employment Generation Program (PMEGP).

Speaking about this move, MSME Minister, Giriraj Singh said “the government was lending between Rs 25 lakh and Rs 1 crore to successful entrepreneurs at 15 per cent interest subsidy but such entrepreneurs can now apply for loan over and above the limit.”

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu Monday described exorbitant costs of health care as a social crisis and said a survey should be conducted to find out the number of elderly people pushed into destitution and poverty due to high costs of prolonged treatment.

Naidu, in this context, said programmes like 'Ayushman Bharat' have come as a boon to elderly people and suggested that a special drive is launched to enrol senior citizens, especially from villages and rural areas.

Agricultural engineer Vilas Shinde has reaped a rich harvest. Sahyadri Farms, the farmer producer company (FPC) set up by him in 2011, has grown to become the largest FPC in the country, with a membership of 8,000 farmers and a turnover of Rs 300 crore. It has overtaken Mahindra Agribusiness to become India’s largest grape exporting company, and many say it may well be on course to revolutionise the fruits and vegetables business in favour of growers just as Amul did for milk producers of Gujarat

Due to political uncertainty in J&K, where the BJP has been selling the infrastructure development card, projects worth Rs 3,817 crore have been lying incomplete.

An army of 6000 people across 31 states and union territories will act as facilitators in empanelled hospitals to ensure smooth functioning of the world’s largest public health insurance cover for the poor and vulnerable which Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched on Sunday.

A new report released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative reveals good news where global poverty alleviation is concerned.

Agartala, Sep 20 (UNI) Tripura government has extended the benefit of rural job for two days ahead of Durga Puja to 3.26 lakh families which will cover about 42 percent of rural population, Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma said here today.

“Conventionally, the state government provides two man-days additional for rural households before Sharad festival.

Last year, it was for 2.26 lakh families, and this year beneficiaries have been increased by one lakh,” Dev Varma, who also holds the rural development portfolio, said.