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Opinion: Bornali Bhandari and Laxmi Joshi.  Small farmers lack access to tools, as the tractor-dominated farm machinery sector suffers from demand, supply constraints India is simply not producing the sort of farm machinery that our small and marginal farmers want or can readily use at a price which appeals to them. Farm machinery comprises equipment...   Read More


  • Numbers that dole out the details

    Rajasthan farmer Shivlal Jat’s four acres help him meet his household expenses. During off-peak periods he has time on his hands. So for the past six to seven years he has demanded work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme and earned an extra ₹9000 every year. This not only helped...   Read More

  • Marriage in India: Love (and money) conquer caste

    More and more young Indians are choosing their own spouses HALF a dozen young technology workers are gathered around a table in south Mumbai. In between checking their smartphones they describe an Indian social revolution of which they are in the vanguard. Marriage one woman explains is becoming freer and easier—“less stiff-necked” as she puts...   Read More

  • Press Release: Dialogue on Land, Conflict and Investment Risks in India

    UNCLEAR PROPERTY RIGHTS AND RECORDS PUT INVESTMENT IN INDIA’S MANUFACTURING AND INFRASTRUCTURE SECTORS AND ITS FINANCIAL SECTOR AT RISK   With over 93% of natural resource development in emerging economies at risk for land conflict the global land investment experience has key lessons for India NEW DELHI (3 September 2015)—India’s private and public sectors which...   Read More

  • NFSA vs TPDS: Former doing better in curbing pilferage

    Leakages and diversion of subsidised food grains under the TPDS continue to be at unacceptable levels whereas the rollout of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) has led to comparatively better outcomes going by an NCAER survey. Although the National Council of Applied Economic Research’s draft report prepared after a survey covering 24 districts of...   Read More

  • Keep calm and carry on MGNREGA

    Fourteen million people escaped falling into poverty under the world’s largest anti-poverty programme the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). In 10 years of its existence the scheme reduced poverty by 32 per cent. Recent data also shows that more women are drawing cash incomes more children are going to school and more...   Read More

  • India’s Modi appeals for calm after night of rioting: ‘Violence will not benefit anyone’

    AHMEDABAD India — India’s prime minister appealed for calm Wednesday after a rally that drew half a million members of a powerful clan resulted in a night of rioting that left three dead and dozens of buses and police stations torched.   Protesters from the influential Patel or Patidar community had gathered Tuesday to demand...   Read More

  • NCAER predicts economic growth at 7.5 per cent this fiscal

    NEW DELHI: Economic think-tank NCAER has projected the country's economic growth at 7.5 per cent in the current fiscal. "NCAER's annual model predicts that GDP growth rate (GDP market prices at 2011-12 prices) will grow at 7.5 per cent for 2015-16" it said in a release today. It said satisfactory rainfall in the first half...   Read More

  • Press Release : NCAER's Quarterly Review of the Economy  Quarter 1, 2015 -16

    Key HighlightsNCAER’s annual model predicts that GDP growth rate (GDP market prices at 2011–12 prices) will grow at 7.5 per cent for 2015–16 In the agricultural sector performance of monsoon rainfall has been extremely satisfactory in the month of June however during the month of July there was a slowdown in rainfall activity. Notwithstanding this...   Read More

  • World’s largest anti-poverty scheme MGNREGA cut poverty, empowered women, but reach limited

    The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) the world’s largest anti-poverty programme reduced poverty and empowered women but its success has been limited due to lack of work in some of the poorest states according to a recent report. Comparing two states Chhattisgarh (strong programme implementation) and Bihar (weak) a study by the...   Read More

  • Study shows rural job guarantee’s positive impact on poor, women

    The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) helped lower poverty by  32 per cent between 2004-05 and 2011-12 lifting almost 14 million in this regard says a recent survey by the National Council for Applied Economic Research and the University of Maryland. The study involved 26000 households and used data from the two...   Read More

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