March 13, 2021

Bank Strike on March 15-16: Banking services to be hit across India as employees protest against privatisation

The nationwide strike announced by bank unions is expected to witness coordinated disruption in banking services till March 17 is. The unions are protesting against the Centre’s drive to privatise government banks. ATMs and digital payment services are likely to be affected as well.

Arvind Shukla
March 13, 2021

Healthy Returns: Vegetable and fruit cultivation picks up momentum in India

The latest figures from the Union ministry of agriculture predicts an estimated yield of 326.58 million tonnes of vegetables and fruits in 2020-21 cultivated on 27.17 million hectares of land. Government subsidies, better returns and quick yields are encouraging farmers to cultivate fruits and vegetables.

Arvind Shukla
March 10, 2021

The Trouble with Transparency: Direct MSP payments for wheat into the bank accounts of Punjab farmers; Commission agents on the warpath

Amidst preparations for the annual wheat procurement, Food Corporation of India has confirmed that MSP payments for wheat in Punjab shall be sent directly to the farmers’ accounts by the government. Commission agents cry foul.

Arvind Shukla
February 22, 2021

Raising Cane: Rising cost of production, unsettled dues and no raise in sugarcane price for three consecutive years worries UP farmers

Sugarcane farmers in Uttar Pradesh cry foul as the price of their produce has not gone up for three consecutive years, and sugar mills are dragging their feet in paying them their dues. Politicians use the issue to trade accusations.

Arvind Shukla
February 17, 2021

Bittersweet: Rs 168.83 billion due to sugarcane farmers in the country; 45% of this to UP farmers

Sugar mills in the country owe farmers Rs 168.83 billion in dues, Union minister Piyush Goyal told Parliament. Uttar Pradesh owes the most at Rs 75.55 billion. A Supreme Court hearing on February 12 offers a glimmer of hope as it has issued notices to 15 sugarcane-producing states, including Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, to settle dues.

Arvind Shukla
February 10, 2021

Budget 2021: Rs 650 billion allocated for PM Kisan Yojana; funds slashed by Rs 100 billion from last year’s original budget allocation

Why has the government reduced funding for the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana? What happens to those who received funds under it, but are not intended beneficiaries? Here’s a lowdown on what the government intends to do to recover the amount.

Arvind Shukla
January 29, 2021

Ghazipur Border: Tears of farmers’ leader Rakesh Tikait has thousands of farmers rushing back to Ghazipur

Yesterday, on January 28, Rakesh Tikait was issued a notice in connection with violent clashes during the tractor parade on the Republic Day. Farmers’ protests seemed to be drawing towards an end. However, tears of Tikait have made several farmers return to the protest sites.

Arvind Shukla
January 28, 2021

Farmers Protest: Situation tense at Ghazipur border. Protesting farmers told to vacate the place, their water supply stopped

Farmers protesting at Ghazipur border have been given an ultimatum to vacate the place; their water supply stopped. Police force present in large numbers. Sec 144 is in force. Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait said the kisan andolan will continue.

Arvind Shukla
December 22, 2020

Half of rural India thinks the coronavirus pandemic is a ‘conspiracy by China’: Gaon Connection Survey

The first survey of its kind on ‘COVID-19 Vaccine and Rural India’ by Gaon Connection Insights finds the various perceptions people in rural India have towards the coronavirus disease. Almost 20% call it ‘an act of God’ whereas another one-fifth think coronavirus is no more.

Arvind Shukla
December 18, 2020

Sprouts of sadness: In the long wait before paddy procurement centres in UP, paddy sprouts, turns black and rots

The Uttar Pradesh government has set a target of procuring 55 lakh metric tonnes of paddy. Despite putting in place an online system, farmers are waiting for weeks in the bitter cold for procurement. In the process, the paddy spoils or starts germinating.

Arvind Shukla