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That sinking feeling -MV Rajeev Gowda & Salman Soz

led with debt. Protests in the textile hub of Surat reflect how GST is affecting medium, small and micro-scale enterprises. Formalisation of the economy should not shut down businesses and extinguish Livelihoods. Similarly, leather, another labour-intensive sector, is in trouble due to restrictions on cattle slaughter. Overall, there is concern that the economy is in a deep hole, the opposite of what the government would have us believe. It has ent

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Why this UP village will not celebrate Independence Day -Kanwardeep Singh

ng the most neglected areas of the district. Choudhipur is particularly riddled with poverty. Most of its residents, from the backward castes, are dependent on the forest or on daily labour for their Livelihood. Choudhipur was settled way back in 1923. However, it was never included in development programmes by district authorities after Independence. There are around 80 families, but just four toilets. While electricity connections reached all the

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At the Heart of Rural Discontent Is the Creeping Crisis in Household Agriculture -Anirudh Krishna

a and more than 1,600 kg/hectare in Thailand. Cotton yields are 650 kg/hectare on average in India and more than 3,000 kg/hectare in China. These trends have put a squeeze on agriculturists’ Livelihoods. From more than 60% in the early 1990s, the share of agriculture in a farm family’s income has fallen to just about 30%. Where does the rest of the farm family’s income come from? Therein hangs a tale that, in my observation, li

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GST effect: Why are Delhi's waste collectors refusing glass bottles? -Sowmiya Ashok

-The Indian Express Despite the obvious effect this will have on the environment, the GST affects Livelihoods and families of the waste pickers — most of whom are migrants. With the resale value on glass bottles becoming minuscule after the 18 per cent tax on glass products as per GST, waste collectors, who help recycle glass, paper and plastic, and have traditionally been a key link in the city’s inadequate waste management infras

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Farms gone, but lack of jobs hurts villagers most -Shubhra Pant

-The Times of India GURUGRAM: They had given up their land in hope that the local economy would develop and create jobs that would sustain Livelihoods not only for them but the next generation. Fourteen years on, no industrial project has come up on the nearly 1,600 acres of land, a massive sprawl across the villages of Gadoli Khurd, Harsaru, Khandsa, Mohammadpur and Narsinghpur, acquired by the government, farming does not happen anymore, and

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Ragpickers hit hard by GST -Mohit M Rao

ST) on July 1, no one would have imagined that it might have adverse consequences for the environment. But with the tax rate on recycled plastic shooting up from 5.5% to 18% post-GST, ragpicking as a Livelihood seems to be turning unviable, with attendant impact on the urban environment. Take the case of Nagaratna and her self-help group (SHG) at Mahadevapura. Nearly a month post-GST, the Mahadevapura Mahila Okkuta, a collection of 17 SHGs that col

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Stay on Mahanadi projects

he Mahanadi river water has emerged into a major controversy between the two states with Odisha accusing Chhattisgarh of going ahead with projects that could weaken the water flow and affect people's Livelihoods downstream in Odisha. "This is an interim ruling but a very important ruling," Sudarshan Das, a social activist based in Bhubaneswar who had filed a petition against the projects in the NGT told The Telegraph . "Multiple proj

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GST effect: Fate of Ludhiana plywood industry hangs in balance -Sumeer Singh

is completely dependent upon cultivation of agro wood (poplar and eucalyptus). With shortfall in demand of plywood items, the cultivation of agro wood is likely to fall and thereby taking toll on the Livelihood of thousands of farmers in the state. Parminder Singh, 33, a farmer in Walipur Kalan village who has been growing poplar in five acres of his land for the last 20 years, says, “Now, nobody is ready to pay a single penny beyond Rs 5.5 l

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GST is no game changer for farmers, yet- Sathya Raghu & V Mokkapati

can’t articulate enough, but they are large victims of that. The NSSO reports that on an average, small farmers lose money or just break away from agriculture and must depend on other forms of Livelihood mainly due to environmental risks. Industry body Assocham estimates that farmers lose Rs. 50,000 crore yearly from pest attacks, which increase with increasing temperatures. A Nature study recently found yields dropping 10 per cent annually due

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Farmers relieved after cattle-trade ruling

n Sabha said the impugned rules effectively choked the free movement of animals through market spaces, and, more critically, undermined the freedom and the rights of farmers, traders and others whose Livelihoods were linked to this cycle. The Centre’s submission that it was revisiting the rules, and not seeking a vacation of the Madras High Court stay, indicated that the rules cannot be implemented, it said. Vikas Rawal, an economist with

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