Question raised in Rajya Sabha on National Rural Livelihood Mission, 07/07/2014.

Based on a revisit to two villages of Haryana after a gap of 20 years (1988-89 and 2008-09), this paper provides a historical overview of the process of development and change in a micro setting.

List of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe constituencies

The Centre for Dalit Studies (CDS) released an eight-page ‘Dalit and Adivasi Agenda’, a manifesto containing demands from people across 22 different areas, to be circulated among all political parties fielding candidates in the coming elections.

Judgement of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Safai Karamchari Andolan & Ors Versus Union of India & Ors dated 27/03/2014 regarding manual scavenging.

Seeking to widen its social base beyond the traditional OBCs, the DMK mooted Scheduled Tribe (ST) status for all traditional fishermen on the lines of Kerala and Karnataka, and vowed to work for amendments to dispense with ‘creamy layer’ in reservations. Releasing the party’s Lok Sabha election manifesto, DMK leader M.

The collaborative study by National Dalit Watch of National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights & Society for Promotion of Wastelands Development reviews the exclusion of Dalit communities in climate change adaptation programmes and policies through case studies and desk review.

Farmers' Indebtedness in the State emerged as a central issue. This is because, the problem of indebtedness, damaged the social status of a farmer and triggered to commit suicide. In India, on an average, there is one farmer suicide in every 30 minutes since 2002 [Sainath: 2008a], while in case of Haryana, the suicide number of farmers is 4.8 per one lakh farmers [NCRB]. Therefore, the issue of farmers’ indebtedness becomes a matter of intense debate for whole of the country and as well as for Haryana.

The expert committee for Evolving a Composite Development Index of States—headed by Raghuram G Rajan, governor of the Reserve Bank of India and the former Chief Economic Advisor submitted this report to the government. It recommends a new mechanism for allocation on the basis of composite development index for states. According to this, Odisha and Bihar are the least developed states.

The Reserve Bank of India has directed all banks to maintain "no-frills accounts" - a bank account at zero balance - for 100% fi nancial inclusion so as to include all households under the ambit of the formal fi nancial sector. This study conducted in 2008 in Hooghly district of West Bengal reveals that the scheme has been largely unsuccessful in the fi nancial inclusion of excluded categories such as the scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, Other Backward Classes and those who are less educated.