If We Ate Less Rice, Delhi’s Air Could Be Cleaner

Stubble burning is believed to be the prime reason for the air pollution crisis that has hit north India, but the six-fold growth in paddy cultivation at the cost of other crops, mechanised harvesting... Sucha Singh Gill, professor and former director general, Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development, Chandigarh. ...   Driven by his interest in agriculture, the backbone of the Indian economy and a way of life in Punjab, Gill has been following the issue closely.   Agricultural policies influence crop ch... Source: State Agricultural Profile – Punjab...   On paper, the government declares a minimum support price for pulses and oilseeds but we see no procurement mechanism for these in Punjab. Procurement involves having an agency in place as well...

‘Financial Inclusion Focus Has To Move From Individuals To Entire Informal Sector’

Women attend a meeting for loan collection near Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, during the survey of bank account usage in low-income households. Rather than being limited to individual preferences for banking, the discussion on financial inclusion needs to enlarge its scope to the entire informal sector, according to Prabhat Labh, chief executive of Grameen Foundation India. … Continued ...

‘State Has To Take Responsibility For Elder Care’

  There are more than 100 million people over the age of 60 years as per the 2011 Census. Almost 60% people are economically dependent, and nearly 50% people above 60 years are subject to physical and verbal abuse in their homes. Ashwani Kumar, 64, former member of Parliament and former law minister, explained to … Continued

'A Uniform Civil Code Can Only Come Through Consultation'

Muslim women celebrate the Supreme Court’s verdict against instant talaq, in Lucknow on August 22, 2017. In a manner, 31 years after former Congress minister and Muslim-law reformer Arif Mohammed Khan first sought equal rights for Muslim women, the Supreme Court has endorsed his views.   Arif Mohammed Khan, 66, has consistently championed equal rights … Continued