A lesson for India: No trees are cut, and animals are protected in Meghalaya’s largest sacred grove--the size of 150 football fields--thanks to a local community, which now gets global funding and benefits from tourism. It is a model that the state government has extended to 62 villages, as once-dense sacred groves and other forests thin out in one of India’s greenest states. In the sixth story of our series on India’s climate-change hotspots, we explain how Meghalaya’s people offer the best hope for the well-being of its forests. Reporting for this story was supported by a grant from the Pulitzer Center.
India’s unemployment rate for trained persons doubled to 12.4% in six years to 2017-18, according to the latest labour survey. Millions are entering India’s labour market every year but they may not have the skills to access good employment opportunities, said KP Krishnan, secretary at the ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship, in an extensive interview to IndiaSpend. He discusses the prime minister’s skillbuilding programme, the challenges it faces in skilling millions of job-seekers, and the efforts to pull more women into the country’s labour force.