February 8, 2020

PM Kisan Scheme: Some farmers have got three installments, some have got nothing yet

Out of the total 8.80 crore beneficiaries, 8.35 crore small farmers were given an amount of Rs 2,000 as the first installment. However, in the second installment, the number fell to 7.51 crore

Divendra Singh
February 8, 2020

She was just nine when her neighbour, 65, dragged her to a field and raped her

“Our religious faiths were different, but I had never discriminated against him. His daughters called me bhaiyya and tied rakhi to me on every Rakshabandhan. My faith in the goodness of any relationship is gone forever,” said the father of the rape survivor, a poor mason

Neetu Singh
February 7, 2020

“Shehnai is a must at weddings. But when there is no wedding, nobody needs the shehnai”

Rasheed Ahmed plays the shehnai, a traditional musical instrument. He is invited to weddings of every religion and earns a lot of respect. Now, his son wants to take the legacy forward

Gaon Connection
February 7, 2020

Getting ration is not that difficult post digitization, but there is a new problem now

Consumers can now buy ration from any quota shop. But, some ration distributors are spreading fear that if the ration is taken from another shop, the consumer’s name will be taken off the list

Ranvijay Singh
February 6, 2020

“The dairy and livestock sectors will help farmers increase their income – it may not just double, it can go up three times”

Amul, founded 73 years ago, is an institution that belongs to 36 lakh farmer families of Gujarat, said its managing director RS Sodhi. The organisation has not just grown consistently over the years, it has also shared its expertise and technical knowledge with all the other cooperatives that were formed after Amul

Arvind Shukla
February 5, 2020

“Do we refill the cylinders or feed ourselves?”

While announcing the Budget, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman allocated Rs 1,118 crore to the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana — a hugely popular scheme to provide LPG connections to the poor. However, the beneficiaries are not regularly refilling their cylinders, as “they are too costly”

Ranvijay Singh
February 4, 2020

When did you last see a frog? The population of mosquito-eating frogs is on a fast decline

In the past few decades, the aquatic life has been adversely affected due to human intervention. Agricultural use of pesticides is the leading cause of death among amphibians like frogs

Gaon Connection
February 4, 2020

The budget has brought little cheer to the traditional and small-scale fishers

In the recent Union Budget, Nirmala Sitharaman, the finance minister has proposed to increase India’s annual fish production to 20 million tonnes. How good is that an idea when fisheries sector is marred with misplaced subsidies and unsustainable fishing practices? Gaon Connection takes a deep plunge

Nidhi Jamwal
February 3, 2020

Enrollment of girls for higher studies has increased, but there’s more to cheer about education

The percentage of those in the 18-24 age group enrolling for higher education has more than doubled since 2005-06. The government has set a target of 50% Gross Enrollment Ratio by 2030

Sachin Pandey
February 3, 2020

Our godowns are full. Where are we going to keep our stock until the new ones are built?

By April 2020, India will have two-and-half-times more wheat and rice stock than required and our godowns are almost full already. Though the government has talked about building more warehouses, it hasn’t set a date yet. This is going to worsen the plight of our farmers

Mithilesh Dhar Dubey