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In a finding that could help predict drought, farm scientists have noticed that deficit rainfall and drought follow a chronological pattern, repeating every 2.5 years in Telangana and Rayalaseema,

A three-day orientation workshop on new livelihood projects in Rajasthan ended here on Thursday with the resolve to extend the benefits to the deserving people among the poor. The Rajasthan Gramin Ajeevika Vikas Parishad (RGAVP) announced that it would spend Rs.35 crore on implementation of the Rajasthan Rural Livelihood Project (RRLP) this year.

RGAVP State Mission Director P.C. Kishan said the project would gather full speed and vigour this year and prepare a robust ground for providing sustainable livelihood to the poor. He affirmed that nearly 80,000 people in the State would stand to benefit from RRLP this year.

The average household in rural India spends just 43 rupees (77 US cents) per head a day, with their urban equivalents consuming almost double, according to new government data.

The latest study from the National Sample Survey Office, a huge undertaking every two years, shows that average monthly per capita expenditure for a rural household was just 1,281 rupees compared with 2,401 rupees in cities.

The Planning Commission on Monday approved a Rs.8,200-crore Annual Plan for Uttarakhand for 2012-13 which is Rs.400 crore more than last year.

“The Commission is fully aware of the infrastructure deficit in the State and its constraint in meeting the cost of infrastructure development…We will try to give Uttarakhand all help and assistance to ensure its overall growth and development,” said Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia after meeting Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna.

This paper reviews the progress of SHG-Bank linkage programme at the national and regional levels, and examines its impact on the socio-economic conditions of SHG member households. The programme has grown at a tremendous

In the shadow of India’s growing economy, labour bondage continues for many Sahariya labourers in Baran district, Rajasthan. Some of them, however, have rebelled against their masters and attempted to break their shackles. This article presents the findings of a recent investigation of their living conditions as well as of their struggle for freedom.

According to United Nations statistics, the majority of the BPL in India are illiterate and lack drinking water. In the rural areas, there is a lack of toilets and the rural populace are subjected to unsanitary work conditions.

“We are more divided than ever before,” Dr Kashyap said while claiming that even Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has expressed his sorrow and is deeply worried about the future of the Parliamentary democracy in India.

The National Council for Land Reforms (NCLR), which held its maiden meeting on Tuesday under the chairmanship of rural development minister Jairam Ramesh, proposed to launch a new scheme for “homestead rights to provide land for each homeless rural poor.” The council, which is headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, has also proposed to amend the SEZ Act, aiming to put a ban on exemptions on diversion of land in Scheduled Areas, populated by tribals.

State Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Rockybul Hussain has also admitted that the demand for jobs under the MGNREGA is decreasing in the State

GUWAHATI: The status of the implementation of India’s flagship Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), a rural job guarantee scheme, is very poor in Assam.

Anew expert panel to identify the poor has been tasked with reviewing whether and how other criteria can be combined with the consumption basket.

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