Why was agriculture one of the worst hit sectors during the pandemic

Sanjit Shinde* The COVID-19 pandemic was highly disruptive for almost every sector in India. However, agriculture was one of the worst hit sectors, with long standing systemic issues exacerbated by the disruption in supply chains. Besides being the backbone of the Indian economy, the agricultural sector is also one of the prime employers in rural … Continue reading Why was agriculture one of the worst hit sectors during the pandemic

Assuring farmers’ income in the context of new farm laws: Issues and way forward

By Dr Arjun Kumar, Ritika Gupta “The agriculture sector is broadly successful. The public distribution system is functioning well, food security has been achieved and productivity is outstripping expectations. However, the farmers are unhappy, their incomes are abysmally low and cases of farmer suicides are still rampant”. Highlighting this critical conundrum that is being faced … Continue reading Assuring farmers’ income in the context of new farm laws: Issues and way forward

11 lakh plus PM-KISAN payouts failed during COVID-19 lockdown in 2020

By Venkatesh Nayak* Readers may recall our previous despatches (click here and here) about the implementation of the PM-KISAN Samman Nidhi Yojana (PM-KISAN Yojana). This is the third and the last in this series of despatches.     Background to the RTI intervention Readers may recall, front-ending the payment of one PM-KISAN installment was part of the PM-Garib Kalyan Yojana package … Continue reading 11 lakh plus PM-KISAN payouts failed during COVID-19 lockdown in 2020

RTI reveals: Rs 1,360 crore paid out to undeserving persons under PM-KISAN Yojana

By Venkatesh Nayak* On 25th December, 2020, a third of the global population celebrated Christmas despite the restrictions imposed on their movement and assembly in order to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile the Hon. Prime Minister of India spoke on the occasion of the birthday of the Late Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee informing … Continue reading RTI reveals: Rs 1,360 crore paid out to undeserving persons under PM-KISAN Yojana

Are new farmers’ laws undermining sustainability and equity?

By Ketan Mundhada* Recently, as a part of the 'Satyagraha series' organized by SPI, I got an opportunity to listen to Dr. Shreekumar, who is an organic farmer in the south, and "student and practitioner of sustainability and just resource use". He has a BTech (chemical engineering from Karnataka Regional Engineering College), PhD (Indian Institute … Continue reading Are new farmers’ laws undermining sustainability and equity?

UN rights expert pledges to amplify rural voices in upcoming UN Food Systems Summit

Note by the People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS), an international movement of grassroots groups of small food producers and food sovereignty advocates: Rural groups and food sovereignty advocates from around the world organized an independent digital dialogue to engage with UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food Michael Fakhri and his predecessor Hilal … Continue reading UN rights expert pledges to amplify rural voices in upcoming UN Food Systems Summit

Shrouded in secrecy, a new bill for pesticide management coming to parliament soon

By Hridayesh Joshi* India’s pesticide sector is governed by a more than 50-year-old law. A new pesticide management bill is expected to be introduced in the parliament during the ongoing session. Many pesticides that are dangerous for human life and the environment, which have been banned across the world, are still sold in India. Thousands of … Continue reading Shrouded in secrecy, a new bill for pesticide management coming to parliament soon