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The buzz in UP about Modi govt’s farm incentive — Rs 2,000 not enough, just a poll gimmick

Farmers say annual Rs 6,000 under PM-KISAN is too little, too late. They highlight stray cattle menace and believe that Balakot air strikes will help BJP.
Farmers block railway tracks during a protest organised under the banner of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KMSC) against the alleged anti-farmer policies of Punjab government

38 Delhi-Amritsar trains cancelled as farmers protest on railway tracks

Farmers in Punjab have been protesting on rail tracks to demand loan waivers and payment for sugarcane crop with 15% interest among other issues.
Prime MInister Narendra Modi| Pra

PM Modi’s plan to provide Rs 2,000 to small farmers might not give much relief

Modi’s surprise cash ban and introduction of GST hit the rural economy hard, and by the time he came up with fixes, the rural distress had penetrated deeper and wider.
Haryana Finance Minister Captain Abhimanyu presents the Budget for the year 2019-20 in the state Assembly

Haryana’s please-all budget in election year includes sops for farmers & govt employees

The Khattar govt plans to distribute Rs 1,500 crore as special financial & social security to families of farmers who possess less than 5 acres of land.
PM Narendra Modi at a rally in Karnataka | PTI

With eye on polls, PM Modi transfers first instalment of income support scheme to farmers

Funds were transferred to the accounts of more than 10 million farmers.
Representational image | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

Want to help farmers, remove middlemen? Scrap the law governing agri markets

Model APMC laws suffer from the same economic problem as the old ones. We should repeal APMC laws and not replace them.
The protesting farmers afoot in Thane | PTI

Farmers talks with Maharashtra govt inconclusive, to continue march to Mumbai

Farmers are on a 180-km march from Nashik to Mumbai for the second time in the past year over the BJP govt's 'betrayal' of peasants.
RBI logo displayed on a gate at the central bank's headquarters in New Delhi | Bloomberg/Bloomberg

RBI does its bit to compliment Modi govt’s budget sops for farmers

RBI raises cap on collateral-free agricultural loans to Rs 1.6 lakh from Rs 1 lakh — move to benefit all farmers who were left out from budget proposals.
Representational image | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

India’s woeful land records will have trouble identifying farmers eligible for Rs 500/month

Direct benefit transfer comes with certain pre-conditions, primary among them is the need for a robust method to identify beneficiaries.
File image of PM Narendra Modi at an event in Kochi | PTI

Modi’s new farm scheme faces hurdles of old land records & non-BJP states

The PM-KISAN scheme demands coordination between Centre and the states as agriculture is a state subject.

On Camera

Rahul Gandhi at the press conference | Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Communists who once sided with BJP now irked over no alliance with Congress in West Bengal

With a chequered history, where the Left Front had ‘aligned’ with the BJP, it is impossible for the CPM cadre to adjust themselves with the Congress.

Rahul Gandhi’s Rs 72,000 income pledge: Are populist freebies the only way to win elections?

Congress president Rahul Gandhi Monday pledged to give Rs 12,000 per month to every family in India if the Congress is voted to power in the 2019 elections.

Defence

A Chinook helicopter

India inducts Chinook helicopters, adds muscle to military along China border

Each Chinook helicopter can lift 45 soldiers, artillery guns or even light armoured vehicles to high altitudes. It can also fly through narrow mountain valleys.
National Interest

Why Rahul Gandhi’s Congress is in danger of morphing into a clueless NGO

Congress has questions but no answers, ‘leaders’ but no winners. Weeks before polls, it’s behaving like a virtuous, anti-establishment NGO just doing its thing.