Rural


Thank You Prime Minister: Rural India Doing Well

Despite a continuing fall in the growth rate of India's GDP for the last several quarters there are indicators that point to a turn-around of the rural economy. Positive and long-term improvements can be seen in foodgrains production, in horticulture, dairy, poultry and fisheries, access to physical infrastructure such as electricity and roads, per-capita income of poorer states (which have a high percentage of rural population), wages of unskilled labour and growing employment in non-farm occupations due to programmes such as MUDRA.

8th September 2017
SKOCH Report Card of MUDRA Scheme

Job creation, unarguably, is one of the most critical issues facing not only the Indian economy but also the world as a whole. Several governments have been elected on the promise of jobs and thrown out of the power if the promises are not met. Job creation is critically important not only from economic point of view but also it has wider impact from social indicators to law and order. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led alliance also won the election with a thumping majority in 2014 on the promise of according high priority to job creation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government has been working on several front to create employment opportunities, as has been the case with the previous governments.

25th September 2019
Finding Investments for a $5 Trillion Economy

As India sets the target of $5 trillion economy, GDP indicators show a downward trend. Quarterly GDP growth falls to 5 per cent-seven year low, casting a shadow on Modi's plans. While it may be true that $1 trillion was added between 2014 and 2019, making it a $3 trillion economy; adding another $2 trillion will be a difficult task. A report by TEAM INCLUSION

25th September 2019
Policymaking for a $5 trillion economy

India seems to be at a crossroads. Good policymaking and timely intervention from the government will take it to the $5 trillion goal earlier than expected and result in economic prosperity for all. On the other hand, delay and reactionary stopgap measures could blow up the current slowdown in certain sectors, an economy-wide phenomenon, which could result in massive setbacks in growth achieved thus far, analyses TEAM INCLUSION

25th September 2019
Climate Change Challenges To India's $5 Trillion Ambition

Climate change is upon us. Drastic and globally-coordinated emissions reductions are urgently needed. This summer was the hottest in a century. With each passing year, temperatures are rising leading to an unprecedented melting of snow and longer summer months. On the one hand, we have draughts and on the other, flash floods. India is most vulnerable to climate change. What does it mean in context of Modi Government's economic growth projections, reports TEAM INCLUSION.


Has Rural India Seen a Turn-Around Lately?

Despite a continuing fall in the growth rate of India's GDP for the last several quarters there are indicators that point to a turn-around of the rural economy. Positive and long-term improvements can be seen in foodgrains production, in horticulture, dairy, poultry and fisheries, access to physical infrastructure such as electricity and roads, per-capita income of poorer states (which have a high percentage of rural population), wages of unskilled labour and growing employment in non-farm occupations due to programmes such as MUDRA. However challenges still remain in some vital sectors, such as water, marketing of fruits and vegetables, skill development, education and health.

16th September 2019
$5 Trillion Transformation

Supporters as well as critics of ModiNomics agree that the target of $5 trillion economy is challenging but achievable. The issue is not just about achieving the target of a particular size of the economy. It's a wider issue of how do we achieve it and in the process what happens to the critical challenges that the country faces like poverty, inequality and jobs. The road to $5 trillion economy should be used to create a highway for reaching the next level of expansion, say $10 trillion and $20 trillion in a particular time-frame. Towards the end of 2018, India 2030: A Socio-Economic Paradigm book, published by SKOCH Group, pitched for $10 trillion target by 2030.

11 August 2015
Mainstreaming Organic Farming

Anupam Verma, who works for a multi-national company in Mumbai, was deeply disturbed after reading a report regarding the presence of poisonous chemicals in conventionally grown fruits and vegetables that he and his family used to eat everyday. The report was indeed scary. It said the consumption of these produce might cause life-threatening diseases like cancer, neurological defects, autism and respiratory and reproductive problems. Verma did not want to take a chance and decided to use only 'organic produce', which are presented in the report as a healthy alternative.

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