Rural


A Budget for Rural India

This budget is not about financial markets, not about reforms, not about kick- starting the economy and is also not about banking reforms and what have you. This is a solid budget for Rural India and if the rural economy is safe, India's economic growth is not in doubt. This budget is aimed largely at Rural India and we need to look at it from a rural perspective and it begins to make sound economic sense. There are a whole lot of goodies for the rural sector, analyses K G Karmakar


New Land Acquisition Act 2013: Ensuring inclusive growth in India

Ushering in of new land acquisition norms have opened up new vistas of growth. Its time that government and public sector entities put together their perspective development planning detailing their long-term strategies for future infrastruture growth...


Disaster Management & Disaster Recovery

In today's increasingly computerised world, critical operational services are totally dependent on...


Bumper Wheat Harvest

India's food security depends to a great extent on the output of wheat and rice. These two crops together made up nearly 80 per cent of the total foodgrain production in 2009-10; coarse cereals constituted the remainder. The area under coarse cereals has steadily declined over the years even though their yield has improved. Coarse cereals have high nutritional value...


Problem of Plenty

In fact, the government may export 4-5 million tonnes of wheat lying in FCI godowns to cope with a storage crisis, a food ministry official said recently. A committee, headed by C Rangarajan, chairman of the prime ministerís economic advisory council (PMEAC), to examine the possibility of exporting wheat, has also recommended exporting that much...


Seeds of Discontent

Seeds are a critical input for long-term sustained growth of agriculture. In India, more than four-fifths of farmers rely on farm-saved seeds leading to a low seed replacement rate....


AADHAAR - Pied Piper of Technology

At noon on 13th January 2011, 15 year-old Sukrity, a resident of North Tripura, became the one millionth resident whose Aadhaar number was generated by the UIDAI. "It took us nearly six weeks to cross 100,000 (0.1 million) enrolments," Nandan Nilekani, Chairman of the Unique Identification...


The State of Panchayats

Her drawing room cabinet brims over with awards, trophies, mementoes and citations she has received over the years from central ministries, departments and non-governmental organisations. Moreover her popularity can be gauged from the fact that she has headed her village Panchayat for over a decade...

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