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PM CARES "Not A Government Fund", Prime Minister's Office Tells High Court

-PTI/ NDTV.com An affidavit filed by an Under Secretary in the PMO who is discharging his functions in the PM CARES Trust on honorary basis said the trust functions with transparency and its funds are audited by an auditor - a chartered accountant drawn from the panel prepared by Comptroller and Auditor General.  New Delhi: The PM CARES Fund is not a Government of India fund and the amount collected by it...

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Southern states had a higher proportion of indebted farm households in 2019, shows NSO survey

The Situation Assessment Survey of Agricultural Households and Land and Livestock Holdings of Households in Rural India (NSS 77th Round), which was released recently, informs one about farm households' income in the crop year 2018-19 and indebtedness in 2019 (as on the date of survey), among other things. Prior to the recent report, Land and Livestock Holding Surveys (LHS) and Situation Assessment Survey (SAS) of Agricultural Households used to be...

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Survey highlights gap between climate emergency perception, action in India

-Down to Earth 73% Indians are optimistic about avoiding climate crisis in their lifetime according to a survey by Epson; 4.1% don’t believe there is a climate emergency There is a big gap in perception among Indians of the scale and immediacy of the climate emergency on one hand and the actions to tackle the same on the other, a recent survey conducted by global technology leader, Epson, has shown. Down To Earth...

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What the Q1 GDP numbers say -C Rangarajan and DK Srivastava

-The Hindu With improved revenues, government must increase expenditures to push consumption and investment India’s GDP data for Q1 of 2021-22 was released by the National Statistical Office (NSO) on August 31, 2021. Real GDP growth at 20.1% in Q1 of 2021-22 is largely because of the contraction of 24.4% in the corresponding quarter of the first COVID-19 year, that is, 2020-21. Even with this high growth, the magnitude of real GDP...

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Average daily income from cultivation was ₹27 per day in 2018-19 -Roshan Kishore and Abhishek Jha

-Hindustan Times An Indian farmer earned ₹27 per day on average from cultivation in 2018-19. This is less than what he would have earned doing MGNREGS work through the year. An Indian farmer earned ₹27 per day on average from cultivation in 2018-19. This is less than what he would have earned doing MGNREGS work through the year. These numbers underline the magnitude of the viability crisis in Indian agriculture. India’s inability to shift...

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