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Sunita's Bytes on Budget

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Government tries to harvest success with farmer-friendly Budget

The 2016 Budget has the right intent for the rural sector, but lacks clarity

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MGNREGS falls short of funds again despite increased allocation in rural sector

Pending liabilities in the scheme means that workers’ wages are unpaid

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A Mea Culpa budget

The budget is expected to have all the elements that will empower the government to say, ‘We are pro-poor’

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Political economy of welfare

The BJP-led government's change of heart for big-ticket rural programmes says a lot about its dwindling political fortune

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How can Jharkhand fight distress migration?

The collapse of natural assets is fuelling migration in the state. A recent study throws light on problems faced by tribal communities, …

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MGNREGS: ‘Monument of failure’ or ‘saviour’?

On the 10th anniversary of the rural job guarantee scheme, Down To Earth evaluates its successes and drawbacks

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Simple, easy and healthy

Gujarat trader makes affordable sanitary napkins and develops India's first machine to hygienically dispose them of Darshan Desai

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New global agriculture census round to kick off in 2016

Agriculture censuses help to boost rural development and improve food security

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Why Dashrath Manjhi’s feat should be celebrated more than Pichai’s and Nadella’s

A cynical comparison between two unequal worlds

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Big idea

Monsoon vegetable jackfruit has caught the fancy of entrepreneurs in India, one of its biggest producers

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Government releases new socio-economic census data

The findings of the new report will place pressure on the government to redefine BPL households and the poverty line

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