Money

#IndiaUnites for those affected by #ChitFundScams

Chit fund schemes are a popular savings technique almost all over India, older than even banking. It is projected that the number of unregistered chit funds is 100 times than the registered ones. Further, if the value of an unregistered chit fund is more than Rs.100 it is considered illegitimate in India. There are many […]

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Agriculture
Democracy
National

Parth MN describes the agrarian situation and problematic realities

Award winning journalist Parth MN has kindly provided us with these simple explanations for why the crop insurance schemes are not helping farmers and also talks about the awareness among the farmers about Swaminathan Commission and the efforts of farmers to take the protests to urban India for visibility.

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#IndiaUnites for Farmers and the Agrarian Economy

The acute agrarian distress in India cannot be emphasised enough. Since 1996, 3.2 lakh farmers have committed suicide – over 80% of these due to the unbearable burden of debt and bank loans. Despite the recommendation of the Swaminathan Commission of a minimum support price (MSP) calculated as 1.5 times C2 (where C2 is the […]

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mature trees anchor complex ecology and protect biodiversity
Environment
National

10 saplings do not a mature tree equate – Delhi’s horticultural suicide

The Forest Department has given permission to chop down nearly 17,000 trees in Delhi for the redevelopment of Central Government accommodations. While the government is talking euphemistically about the destruction, the numbers are staggering. 11,000 out of 13,128 trees in Sarojini Nagar will be felled. 1,465 out of 1,513 in Nauroji Nagar. 3033 out of 3906 in […]

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Democracy
Demonetisation
Digital India

DeMonetisation and Digital Payments

DeMonetisation did not promote the uptake of digital transactions Driving India towards a less-cash, digital payments economy was one of the aims claimed by the Prime Minister when he invalidated 86% of India’s circulating currency. The reasoning was that India was a largely cash-based economy; if circulating cash was reduced, people would rapidly move towards […]

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