Sri Lanka’s poverty index was 22.7 percent in 2002. Today it is only 8.9 percent. But on the other hand, under-weight child births have increased to 16 percent.

An anti-poverty project to transform the lives of ultra poor families has failed to make an impact and increase the net income of the targeted families in Medak district in the State at the end of four years.

The project sponsored by the World Bank and the Ford Foundation was aimed at graduating 426 households from extreme poverty to a more stable state by enabling them establish micro-enterprises through regular cash flows. The households without a male earning member and having ownership of less than an acre of land were selected in 103 villages for implementing the project.

The Union government’s direct cash transfer scheme linked to the Unique Identification (UID) number was launched with much fanfare in January with pilots in five districts of Rajasthan. The government believes this initiative is a game changer, which will successfully plug leakages in delivering entitlements to the poor and pluck out fake beneficiaries.

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned a new project for development of villages through value addition in animal husbandry and innovations in agricultural practices in Bharatpur district. The emphasis will be on getting high returns on low investment.

Launching the project at Sheorana village in Sewar panchayat samiti of Bharatpur, NABARD Chief General Manager for Rajasthan Jiji Mammen said a transformation in the traditional methods of agriculture would pave the way for prosperity of farmers. At the same time, farmers should not depend too much on subsidies, he added.

Exercises to identify households living below the poverty line have taken place three times, and a fourth one is under way. Though the latest method aims to improve upon previous methods, its empirical implications and precise justification are not yet clear. This paper empirically examines the Socio-Economic Caste Census methodology and compares it empirically with alternative proposals to show the choice of a particular methodology matters.

Rural development minister Jairam Ramesh on Friday pitched for inclusion of green objectives and guidelines in the various social sector schemes of the rural development ministry like the flagship Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Scheme, Integrated Watershed Development Programme and Indira Awas Yojana.

“With an annual budget of around R75,000 crore, the ministry of rural development's schemes have an immense potential to contribute to the goal of sustainable poverty reduction and efficient use of natural resources,” Ramesh said while releasing a UNDP report on ‘Greening Rural Development in India’.

Other than in China, where the reduction in poverty has been spectacular, progress in poverty reduction in the world during the past three decades has been modest. This slow progress and the decline in infl uence of the Washington Consensus has prompted new thinking on poverty and its reduction.

Initially two lakh Delhi families to be paid Rs. 600 per month

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: The Supreme Court on Thursday favoured establishment of special fast track courts to handle cases linked to various scams in implementation of the rural job guarantee scheme

UNITED NATIONS, 10 OCT: While the Opposition is going hammer and tongues at the UPA government over various issues, BJP leader LK Advani complimented its flagship programme, MGNREGA, which he said