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Rural Development

DRDA faces axe

Issue Date: May 15, 2012
The institution that administers Centre’s rural development programmes—the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA)—may be wound up. A committee set up by the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) last year to restructure this key institution has recommended abolition of DRDA. The committee finds that DRDA is in direct conflict with the Constitutional mandate for panchayats, which are increasingly being assigned the responsibility of implementing rural development programmes.

Letters - April 15, 2012

Issue Date: Apr 15, 2012
Authority to fight hunger

Crafty accounting

Issue Date: Mar 16, 2012
The news of Sachin Tendulkar hitting the 100th century replaced Union Budget 2012-13 as the main news within three hours of its presentation. Those who expected Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee to be a la Tendulkar in fiscal management are disappointed.        

Liberal politics of Economic Survey 2011-12

Issue Date: Mar 15, 2012
During the last financial year there were talks of the Indian economy finally decoupling from agriculture thus monsoon. The Economic Survey of 2011-12 disagrees with that. The survey has re-emphasised that whatever economic growth happened in the last fiscal it was due to agricultural growth. India recorded the lowest economic growth in 2011-12 since 2003 (2008-9 being the exception). However this growth rate was possible due to agricultural growth.

Reclaiming retail democracy

Posted on: 29 Feb, 2012
Rural haats offer solution for the logjam to foreign direct investment in retail sector

Born at 44

Issue Date: Feb 29, 2012
They say home is where the heart is, but that’s not always true. Ask Arakhita Pradhan, resident of Chilipoi village in Odisha’s Ganjam district. On a cold evening some 44 years ago, the authorities forcefully shifted him and his neighbours to a place where no civic amenities existed. Reason: the state had built an irrigation dam that had submerged their village in Khurda district.

Let states decide

Posted on: 31 Jan, 2012
Chief ministers oppose Centrally sponsored schemes, say they rip money off them

A million opportunities lost

Issue Date: Dec 15, 2011
This is the little known big story of India’s nationwide rural employment programme. In the past five years the programme has sought to create tanks, ponds, wells and revive traditional water conservation structures at a scale and pace not witnessed before in the country. Millions of people in the countryside seeking jobs under the programme embarked on building or reviving 3.4 million water conservation structures, according to the Union rural development ministry. This is unprecedented given that before 2005, all the public wage schemes together created just about two million structures in six decades.

When villages plug in

Author(s): Aditya Batra
Issue Date: May 15, 2010
In Nepal, lost in the chaos of political upheavals, a silent revolution is afoot.

Bank at your doorstep

Issue Date: Mar 15, 2010
The current state of rural banking in the country is poor. A recent report, by the National Sample Survey Organization, revealed that 51.4 per cent of the 89.3 million total farmer households in the country had no access to credit; 27 per cent of the households were indebted to formal sources of which one-third also borrowed from informal sources.
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