October 31, 2020

Half the farmers unaware of FPOs, majority of them are small and marginal farmers: Gaon Connection Survey

The Central government has ordered 10,000 new Farmer Producer Organisations to be opened by the year 2024. But the Gaon Connection rapid survey found nearly half of the respondent farmers were not even aware of FPOs.

Kushal Mishra
October 30, 2020

Almost half the farmers fear the new agri laws will result in exploitation by private companies: Gaon Connection Survey

36% respondents fear that due to the open market, the central government would decrease procurement at MSP, while 33% fear the MSP system would be eliminated by the new agri laws.

Arvind Shukla
October 29, 2020

Women Safety: A dysfunctional toll-free women helpline in West Bengal; Assam helpline lacks sufficient funds

As per the National Crime Records Bureau 2019, West Bengal and Assam are among the top-five states in crime against women. West Bengal’s toll-free 24/7 helpline is dysfunctional while its landline helpline works only five days a week during office hours. Assam’s helpline is under-staffed and cash-strapped.

Purnima Sah
October 28, 2020

Win some, lose all: Vidarbha farmers saved money by avoiding social functions in COVID-19 and invested it in kharif crops, only to lose it all to unseasonal rain

This kharif season, Vidarbha in Maharashtra saw a jump in cotton and maize cultivation. Farmers invested their COVID-19 savings, hoping for handsome returns. But unseasonal rains have washed their hopes away.

Saurabh Katkurwar
October 27, 2020

Recognising the needs and aspirations of the young population is critical

While catering to the aspirations of youth who will shape the new world order defined by COVID-19, it is vital to take into account their psychological, sociological and the economic development.

Arjun Shekhar
October 27, 2020

Left out in the cold: The Chopan shepherds of Jammu & Kashmir are without identity or many rights

They neither own land nor livestock, but spend eight months of a year in the treacherous high altitudes finding green pastures for sheep and goats of other farmers. The Chopans of J&K are a forgotten people who are fighting for their tribal identity.

Raja Muzaffar Bhat
October 26, 2020

Paddy Loot: Punjab Police confiscates illegally smuggled paddy into the state

Traders and middlemen procure paddy at low rates from farmers in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, then make a killing, selling it at a huge profit in Punjab, leaving both farmers and the exchequer at a loss.

Vivek Gupta
October 26, 2020

High and Dry: Fourteen years on, 47 villages in Rajasthan await Panchana dam’s water

Once beneficiaries of the dam, these villages in Karauli and Sawai Madhopur ran dry when the state government stopped releasing water in 2006. Over 10,000 hectares of farmland has turned arid.

Madhav Sharma
October 24, 2020

Baoris, Bijli Swaraj and Biomass Plants: How the states are responding to climate change

From reviving water bodies to carbon neutral villages and gram panchayats, several states in India are responding to climate change. But is that enough?

Shivani Gupta
October 24, 2020

Building bridges across gaps between people and welfare schemes

Vulnerable sections of society need help to access the many welfare schemes in the country. Helping them. navigate the last mile will ensue them a life of dignity and growth.

Anantika Singh