LUCKNOW: Five days after Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi accused Mayawati government in UP of mega-scale corruption in the centrally sponsored schemes, union rural development minister Jair

Credit Pushing Poor Farmers Into Vicious Debt Cycle
Banda: Rising debt and increasing poverty: that is the story of the average farmer in Uttar Pradesh

Banda: Everything is in short supply here, especially hope. There was a flicker of it, though, when on April 30 Prime Minister Manmohan Singh came here with Rahul Gandhi. Maybe the people were expecting a miracle, an end to the misery created by season after season of bad crops and the resultant rising debt.

Their hope proved to be short-lived.

Out of the total geographical area of India about 53% suffers from different kinds of land degradation, and Uttar Pradesh accounts for 9.06%. About 4.0 m ha (11.03%) area of the country is suffering from ravine problem. U.P. shares 1.230 m ha (31%) ravine land of the country spread over in 25 districts of the state.

Lucknow: The forest department has come up with plantation targets for the year 2010-11. The department will plant saplings covering over an area of 55,000 hectares in the coming year. The plantation exercise will begin this month with the advent of monsoon.

Technical wing of Irrigation department is planning to enhance capacity of pump canals in several districts which would bring additional 4265 hectare area under irrigation facility.

At least 32 more people froze to death in last 24 hours in Uttar Pradesh as cold wave continues to sweep Gangetic belt engulfing the plains with dense fog bringing rail, air and road services to a screeching halt, official said on Sunday.

Drought, suicides and no relief. Will things ever change for Bundelkhand

Atiq Khan

LUCKNOW: In a region notorious for its feudal mindset, where remnants of erstwhile aristocracy still rule the roost, an eight-page weekly, Khabar Lahariya is a ray of hope. It has created awareness among the oppressed and deprived sections of the Chitrakoot and the Banda districts in the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh.

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned loans amounting to Rs 7227.76 lakh to the state government in the current fiscal.