Lives versus livelihoods? The tea and the pandemic: Invisibilising the workers

By Sanghamitra Acharaya* In the ‘war’ against Covid-19 a lot has been said, about the ‘frontline’ workers. But there are other invisible service providers who need to be discussed. Besides the most invisibilised sanitation workers, the other are tea garden workers. In the hierarchy of access to services and resources, both sanitation workers and the … Continue reading Lives versus livelihoods? The tea and the pandemic: Invisibilising the workers

Enabling productive agriculture for Atma Nirbhar Bharat: Growing challenges

By Prof. Balwant Singh Mehta, Prof. Utpal K. De and Dr. Arjun Kumar* Indian agricultural sector contributors significantly to the country’s economy and meets major portion of domestic and global demand for agricultural products. Though the contribution to GDP has come down from 56.5 per cent in 1950-51 to 34 per cent in 1990-91 and … Continue reading Enabling productive agriculture for Atma Nirbhar Bharat: Growing challenges

Stylized pattern of structural change and economic development in India: 1950-2020

By Prof Balwant Singh Mehta, Dr Arjun Kumar* The process of economic development has been historically linked with the general pattern of structural changes of the national economies in the globalized world. It occurs with changes in structures of broad economic sectors (agriculture, manufacturing and services) in terms of share of output and employment. The … Continue reading Stylized pattern of structural change and economic development in India: 1950-2020

National Employment Policy: Creating Atmanirbhar Bharat amidst Covid-19

By Prof Balwant Singh Mehta and Dr. Arjun Kumar* In the past, most policy documents pertaining to conceive a National Employment Policy (NEP), by and large, have been suggestive in nature. There is an urgent need for a comprehensive NEP based on responsive real-time data analysis integrating sectors that will help emerge sectoral employment policies … Continue reading National Employment Policy: Creating Atmanirbhar Bharat amidst Covid-19

Affordable housing proves life-changing for the urban poor, but poses unexpected risks for women

By Paula Meth* South Africa is known around the world for its significant housing programme, and India has made substantial efforts to develop its cities. Providing free or affordable housing brings obvious benefits to residents who have lived in desperately poor conditions with no water, electricity or sanitation, in precarious informal structures. But research in … Continue reading Affordable housing proves life-changing for the urban poor, but poses unexpected risks for women

In drought-hit Kutch nomadic communities owning goats, sheep, camels are bereft of any relief

By Azera Parveen Rahman* Drought in Kutch has hit the pastoral communities hard, resulting in one of the highest rates of migration in the last three decades. Among livestock owners, while cattle and buffalo owners have got government help through subsidised fodder, sheep, goat and camel owners have got no such relief. Kutch district administration … Continue reading In drought-hit Kutch nomadic communities owning goats, sheep, camels are bereft of any relief

Only six companies out of 90 spent over 50% of their CSR budget on skill, livelihood development

Excerpts from the report “Enhancing Capabilities, Empowering Lives – CSR in Skills and Livelihood: What are India’s top companies up to?” published by Samhita, and supported by Ambula Cement Foundation, DHLF, Godrej, and UNDP: With India at the forefront of a ‘demographic dividend’, it is essential for the country to capitalise on the advantage of … Continue reading Only six companies out of 90 spent over 50% of their CSR budget on skill, livelihood development