May 5, 2021

As COVID19 wreaks havoc on rural India, local medical stores are the only aid for villagers

Amidst negligible arrangements for medical aid, little testing and rising number of infections, people living in villages have been left to depend on local medical stores for treatment. These stores themselves are short on supplies.

Arvind Shukla
May 1, 2021

“We cremated 140 bodies of those who died of COVID 19 in the past one month”

By providing a dignified cremation to those who have succumbed to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Roti Kapda initiative, in Udgir in Maharashtra, spreads hope and a sense of closure to families who are unable to perform the last rites of their dear ones due to the restrictions.

Arvind Shukla
April 26, 2021

‘Lost my mother to Corona, father in hospital, loans are rising — even relatives have given up now’

The second wave of COVID19 pandemic is translating into increasing debt for families who are struggling to raise resources to treat COVID patients. Some already have loans worth a few lakh due to corona treatment.

Arvind Shukla
April 23, 2021

UP Panchayat Elections: Villagers terrified city-dwellers will bring home votes and COVID-19

Twenty districts, including state capital Lucknow, Gautam Buddha Nagar and Varanasi that are currently reeling under COVID-19, went to the polls on April 19. The second phase of the UP panchayat elections just wrapped up, and villagers fear there will be a spike in infections.

Arvind Shukla
April 20, 2021

“We will eat sookhi roti and namak, but at least we will be home”

Thousands migrant labourers working in Delhi scramble to get home to their villages in Uttar Pradesh after a week-long lockdown was announced in the national capital. Gaon Connection met a few tired, hungry, thirsty and anxious migrant workers as they arrived in busloads at the Kaiserbagh Bus Depot in Lucknow.

Arvind Shukla
April 10, 2021

Aadhatiyas boycott Day 1 of wheat procurement in Punjab over DBT scheme

This year, the central government decided to pay the MSP to farmers in Punjab directly into their accounts. The state government held rounds of talks with the Centre to retract the decision but to no avail. After the Punjab govt implemented the new scheme, aadhatis have boycotted the procurement as a protest.

Arvind Shukla
April 9, 2021

Amid fertiliser price hike, this is what IFFCO — India’s largest fertiliser seller — had to say

Hours after the announcement of a sharp rise in fertiliser prices and the resulting criticism, UK Awasthi, the CEO of IFFCO took to Twitter to put out a series of tweets, defending the price hike and its stated effect on the farmers. Read on to know more.

Arvind Shukla
April 8, 2021

Fields on fire: 1,500 fire incidents a day in Uttar Pradesh; heavy damage to standing wheat crop

In cases of crop fires, the most common reasons include broken power cables, electricity supply wires, tractor sparks, fire from stoves, careless smoking, and fireworks — and these fires cost dearly to the farmers whose livelihoods depend on these crops.

Arvind Shukla
April 5, 2021

Preyed on by the pandemic

More than 11 million migrant labourers returned to their villages during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite several government welfare schemes, even a year later, most continue to suffer the consequences of the lockdown as their livelihoods are derailed and their earnings reduced by half.

Arvind Shukla
March 20, 2021

Creating a buzz to tackle an elephantine problem

The Khadi and Village Industries Ltd’s RE-HAB project, launched last year in Karnataka, addresses human-elephant conflict through bee-fencing. It is also raising income of the local farmers.

Arvind Shukla