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Covid crisis has shown India’s food policy must have buffer stocks at community level too

Easing of lockdown restrictions to revive Indian economy may suggest end of Covid-19 ordeal for agriculture. But gaps in food value chains show fight is far from over.

Why farmer suicides that peaked under BJP-Sena govt couldn’t become Maharashtra poll issue

Maharashtra has reported 31,523 farmer suicides since 1 January 2001 — 44%, or 13,820 of them, took place in last 5 yrs of BJP-led government.
Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field in Kolkata | PTI Photo

Beyond MSPs & loan waivers, Modi govt must make agricultural market reforms its top priority

For the vast majority of Indian farmers, the declaration of MSPs without procurement has no effect on prices.
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy

Karnataka Congress says ‘hidden hand’ behind EC move to put farm loan waiver scheme on hold

Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy says stalling the scheme will have no effect on the trust that people have in Congress-JD(S) govt.

Loan waiver a bad idea, but PM-Kisan will help farmers in real need: CEA K.V. Subramanian

Chief Economic Adviser K.V. Subramanian says Modi government has laid the foundation for sustained economic growth in the last five years.
Farmers hold a hosepipe while spraying fungicide in a field of rice on farmland near Sirsa. Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

Modi govt considering cash payments to farmers instead of subsidies

The Narendra Modi-led government is on course correction ahead of the Lok Sabha polls following the ruling BJP's loss in key state elections last year. 
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu | Facebook

Farm loan waiver only a temporary step, says Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu

Naidu emphasised the need to bring structural changes in the sector that accounts for 18% of India's GDP.
A farmer in Sirsa, Haryana | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

Indian farmers need a new deal and not just loan waivers

Farmers’ issues have occupied centre stage after decades and compulsions of 2019 can create the political will to do something.
The farmer's march, Maharashtra

Thousands of farmers begin march from Thane to Mumbai for land rights & loan waiver

Other demands include increase in the MSP, assured access and control over land and water and compensation for farm labourers.
Day labourers cutting sugarcane during a harvest in Taloda, Maharashtra | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

NHRC asks Centre & Maharashtra to explain 639 farmer suicides despite loan waiver

It questioned the authorities’ ability to implement schemes for the farmers.

On Camera

Delhi University | Photo by Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Delhi University has one obsession and it’s making a mess of it. Exams

After months of back-and-forth over the much-criticised online Open Book Examinations, Delhi University has postponed its exams once again.
File image of Principal Economic Advisor Sanjeev Sanyal | Photo: ANI

India has fiscal and monetary space to boost demand: Principal Economic Advisor Sanyal

Sanjeev Sanyal said at India Global Week that the government has been careful not to spray money and take a step-by-step approach to economic revival.

Defence

Representational image | Soham Sen | ThePrint

India, China corps commanders to meet next week, will focus on next round of disengagement

Agenda for the corps commanders meeting will be finalised after India-China Working Mechanism for Consultation & Coordination meet likely to be held Friday.
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men in Maharashtra | ANI

Read my lips, forget the camera

Say Central forces' angry soldiers. They need reform, committed leaders. And very sensitive handling.