Rural

9 Feb 2015
An Ode to Ramachandra Guha - Celebrating acidity

Pomposity, self-righteousness and intellectual arrogance are hallmarks of quite a few from the privileged classes who have a Doon School and St Stephen's combination as their educational backgrounds, having been brought up in aBara Sahib environment, they consider themselves a superior caste to those who have toiled their way up, and horror of horrors are in a position to flaunt it.

6 Feb 2015
Samavesh: Making Jan Dhan Meaningful

Thirty-five year old Gomati from Mangatpur in Pilibhit has opened a bank account under Jan Dhan, but she is skeptical about its use. "There is no money in it. I am confused. What will I do with it?" she said tersely when asked about her bank account. Gomati is not alone. Hundreds of women spoke in unison at the five-day financial literacy programme conducted by Skoch Group at Pilibhit, a picturesque Himalayan plateau rich with flora and fauna, but one of the economically backward regions in Uttar Pradesh


Show me the Money

When 54-year old Ranjana Devi (not the original name) from Himmatnagar village went to a bank to open an account under Jan Dhan, she was asked to show an identity and residence proof or pay Rs.500. Neither she had any identity and residence proof, nor was she is in a position to pay the money demanded.


Pilibhit: A Case Study

While inheriting a history that can be traced back to the Hindu epic of Mahabharata when it was ruled by Mayurdhwaj or King Venu, a great devotee of lord Krishna and a loyal friend of Arjun, Pilibhit derives its name from a local village where people build yellow-coloured mud walls around their dwelling units to protect themselves from wild animals.

23 Sep 2014
No real 'Digital India' without including Panchayats

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of "Digital India" won't come true without including Panchayats, a senior government official has said.
Addressing a conference on 'Digital India' held as part of the 37th Skoch Summit here, N. Ravi Shankar, Secretary, Ministry of Personal, Public Grievances and Pensions, highlighted the importance of roles to be played by individuals and Panchayats in transforming the overall digital culture in the country.

10 Sep 2014
Piyush Goyal's dream of 24x7 power supply

Power Minister Piyush Goyal wants to resolve the electricity crisis, which is mounting every passing day. Moreover, he has promised 24X 7 power supplies to a few states including New Delhi, Rajasthan, and Andhra Pradesh. How would he fulfill this dream? If the supply of coal is the main hindrance then he has yet another plan to double coal production from present 500 MT to 1 billion Tonnes in the next four years.


Follow Gujarat model of agriculture for food security

More than 54 per cent of Indian workforce as per 2011 census is engaged in agriculture. And, it for the last 20 years has been trying to get 4 per cent rate of growth in agriculture and has failed. The rate of agriculture growth since the reforms began has hovered around 3.2-3.3 per cent. And then comes a State, which for a whole decade, from 2001 to 2011, achieves agriculture GDP growth rate of 9.8 per cent - and the good show is still on. Statistically, the difference is three times higher than the rest of India.


Taking Banking to the last mile

While the new Swabhimaan scheme is a welcome step, the government must maintain its focus on financial literacy and linking financial inclusion efforts to poverty alleviation...

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