While the demand for split bamboos has declined over the last two decades, few other options are available to daily wage workers.
Those who work with animal skin to make leather, and other items from dead animals, are forced to remain at the bottom rung of society.
An internal NCPI-commissioned study shows that BHIM and BHIM-Aadhaar are being weighed down by implementation and design issues in semi-urban and rural areas.
Private moneylenders are a major source of loans across the region, and with the collapse of banking in rural areas, their role has only grown.
Only 13% of women in the country own the land they work on. The farms are never in their names as current inheritance laws are depriving them of their right.
A growing number of men are moving from the hinterland to cities in search of a living, leaving women with farm responsibilities. Reversing this trend is important, for stable families hold the key to social stability in the nation.
The challenges faced by English medium students in rural areas go way beyond the quality of teachers.
“Gay men don’t only live in an urban setting. Thousands are growing up in villages and towns, with no way to access information on sexuality, most of which is available only in English.”
K. Nagamma, the wife of a sanitation worker who died in a septic tank, and her daughters recount their struggles against a system that confines them – quite literally – to the gutters
Direct Benefit Transfers in form of subsidies to offset farming costs have a shaky track record given the complex and varied social reality of rural India.
The advent of solar energy in three villages of Birsing char has had a transformative impact on primary healthcare and other daily activities of rural Assamese communities.
Ladaiti Devi is a self-assured and wise warrior who found her calling in weaving ‘durries’ – and now her fingers weave a magic that is locally renowned.
Women trained in the use of the internet are travelling across four districts of Assam to bring its benefits to rural women, which in turn is boosting their household earnings and changing everyday lives for the better.
Farmers in the southern reaches of Pudukottai district in Tamil Nadu have turned to agroforestry to boost incomes after falling groundwater levels and overuse of chemical fertilisers made agriculture unsustainable in the area.
Talcum powder, cheap spectacles, a walking stick, and a thread across his chest – and Gangappa is transformed into Gandhiji. Reinventing himself as the Mahatma has opened many doors for this labourer from Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh.
Abdul Khadar of Karnataka was awarded by the National Innovation Foundation for developing the device.
Rising incomes and smaller families are making urban India’s children the kings of their households.
While most policy discourse tends to argue for an increase in healthcare spending to improve overall services, little attention is paid to the quality of healthcare facilities.
For rural India, a cashless economy is a far-off fantasy.
Rural healthcare is quite the powerful oxymoron in India.
Undertaking this demonetisation exercise is not merely an ‘inconvenience’ to those on the edge. It is a matter of life and death.
Varda Balayya of Dharmaram village in Telangana killed himself and tried to poison his entire family by mixing pesticide in their chicken curry because he couldn’t pay off debts after demonetisation.
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By moving people and businesses to smart villages, revenue, resources and job opportunities will increase in rural India, while cities can decongest.
A safety net for rural areas, MGNREGA guarantees 100 days of paid, unskilled manual work every year to every rural household.
The number of jobs created in eight select industries in 2015 was 135,000. This was much worse than the 421,000 jobs created in 2014 and the 419,000 in 2013.