The Budget is passed by parliament on the basis of certain allocations for critical areas. How, then, can these allocations be drastically changed without parliamentary approval?
While media focus continues to be on low allocations, what slips past unnoticed is that even those amounts aren’t lived up to.
With little hope for normalcy even 100 days after the note ban, there is an urgent need for providing relief and compensation to those who have been most affected.
A drastic decline in residents’ employment opportunities and incomes since the note ban has added to the existing woes of hunger, malnutrition, poor sanitation and drainage congestion.
The Centre needs to make up for the losses it has caused to those who already live in precarious, marginalised conditions.
Efforts are being made to integrate traditional skills, such as puppetry and acrobatics, into socially relevant programmes and campaigns.
Rishikesh, a popular tourist destination, has been hard hit by demonetisation. But political affiliations mean people aren’t willing to criticise the move, despite the impact on their livelihoods.
Vegetable sellers, petty traders, autowallas continue to suffer with little hope of recovery after their businesses shrunk by nearly a half after demonetisation.
According to doctors working in hospitals providing low-cost treatment, the number of patients has reduced by about 30% since demonetisation.
Many have lost their job and even those who continue to work are facing a major demand crunch – leading to widespread pessimism about when things will get better.
Not only are villagers unable to access timely medical care because of the lack of cash, nutrition levels are falling, making people more vulnerable to illness.
While the farmers have been unable to sell their crops, casual workers have been denied work and wages and the wood carving industry has been thrown into turmoil.
On World Food Day – October 16 – it is essential that the consequences of the growing concentration of corporate control over seeds, agri-chemicals, food and farming systems be understood for what they are.
In eastern UP, for instance, Hindus join their Muslims neighbours during Muharram processions so that the group does not look small.
Diplomacy suffers when senior ministers make cavalier statements that are capable of inciting more cries for war from already incensed populations.
Twenty-five years after his assassination, the need to fight for Niyogi’s goals and learn from his dedication is stronger than ever.
Farmers must be equipped with low cost technologies to better cope with adverse weather conditions, while keeping in mind socio-economic equality and environment protection.
Many people are surprised by the rapidity with which the drought turned into floods in Bundelkhand, but this isn’t the first time this has happened.
Besides their crops being destroyed by the rains, the houses of several villagers have also collapsed.
The relationship between the Congress and the revolutionaries during the freedom movement was a lot more supportive than it is commonly believed to be.
Handloom Day is a good opportunity to stop and ask – why can’t we build on our unique strengths instead of blindly copying dominant trends?
Those engaged in agricultural work – such as working in the fields and grazing animals – as well as nomads and forest workers have been particularly vulnerable to lightning deaths.
Urgent steps need to be taken to enable farmers to plant the next crop in case the rains are good this year and to protect animals.
Drought-hit villagers in Bundelkhand are not receiving the kind of employment and rations they desperately need.
A number of factors, including poor access to healthcare and increased pressure to work in hazardous conditions, is causing the mortality rate to rise.
Farm and dairy animals like cows and goats are dying painfully of a severe shortage of fodder and drinking water.
Given the degree of the problem, government and civil society groups need to work much harder to respond adequately.
The government’s overwhelming priority should be to arrange adequate water as soon as possible for the health of the villagers as well as the animals.
The administration has failed to effectively implement the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act in drought-affected villages in the Bundelkhand region.
For the last three months or so, villages in the Bundelkhand region have not received the highly subsidised grain offered under the new scheme.
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Jaitley said he was making a record allocation to NREGA but the increase is a modest one in real terms and is even more suspect if one considers the backlog from previous year, particularly of delayed wages.
In 2015, Bundelkhand was hit by unseasonal rains and a prolonged drought. The Centre, and UP and MP state governments must act soon to help the region as food and potable water resources are fast depleting.
Despite nearly 300 districts suffering from severe drought, little has been done by the union government in terms of relief efforts.
Villagers in Mahoba district have not received subsidised grain despite being in the worst drought-affected district in Uttar Pradesh.
Chitrakoot (UP): In the drought-affected Basiniha village in Uttar Pradesh’s Chitrakoot district, the situation is so bad that the villagers survive on a single roti a day. Despite this, Munni Devi was not eager to take up employment at a NREGA work site when an offer was recently […]
If NREGA is to have a strong impact, it must be extended to more needy villages on a larger scale, and prompt payment of wages must be ensured to help alleviate some of the issues faced by residents.