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Why income support, not farm loan waiver, may be better for all -Surojit Gupta

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: The election results in which BJP lost three key states have once again pointed to the agrarian crisis and triggered demands for loan waivers. Pressure on the Centre has intensified ahead of the 2019 polls and comes against the backdrop of a tight fiscal situation. The government has committed itself to meet the fiscal deficit target of 3.3% of GDP. In the aftermath of several states...

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Bihar dumps Centre's insurance scheme for farmers, launches its own scheme to tackle crop loss -Anand ST Das

-The New Indian Express In an apparent snub to the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, the Bihar government has launched its own scheme to provide guaranteed assistance to the state’s farmers. PATNA: In an apparent snub to the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), the Bihar government has launched its own scheme to provide guaranteed assistance to the state’s farmers in the event of crop damage. At a time of growing unrest among...

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Indigenous community in Dang fights for land rights -Gajanan Khergamker

-VillageSquare.in The people of Navagam village in Dang district of Gujarat have said they would boycott upcoming assembly polls if the government does not resolve the long pending issue of land and house titles Dang (Gujarat): The 1,300 residents of Navagam village in Gujarat’s Dang district, an ethnic people living adjacent to Saputara, the state’s only hill station, are up in arms over their demand for land and rights in an area...

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SY Quraishi, former Chief Election Commissioner, interviewed by Vrinda Gopinath (Scroll.in)

-Scroll.in In this environment of majoritarianism, we must seriously consider proportional representation, adds SY Quraishi. SY Quraishi, who was Chief Election Commissioner from July 2011 to June 2012, is known to be outspoken about several issues regarding electoral reform both when he was in the Election Commission and after he retired. He has asked for public funding of political parties, putting an expenditure cap on them, financial transparency among parties, and...

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Farm-loan waiver: A political masterstroke, but economically not prudent -Sanjeeb Mukherjee, Amit Agnihotri & Archis Mohan

-Business Standard The efficacy of farm debt waivers is ambiguous, but it has proved to be a potent potent weapon in the run-up to elections With elections round the corner in agrarian states of Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, his party’s Punjab chief ministerial candidate Amarinder Singh and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal are trying to woo farmers of the two states with promises of farm...

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