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All about Odisha’s new credit scheme for 7 lakh landless farmers, a ‘first’ in India

Under the ‘Balaram’ scheme, the Odisha government will provide credit worth Rs 1,040 crore to 7 lakh landless farmers in the next two years.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrinr

APMC laws had shackled farmers, Modi govt’s ordinance makes them as free as other sectors

The govt hasn’t done away with APMCs but given farmers the ability to sell outside mandis. Arguments that the ordinance violates the Constitution are flawed.
File images of Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh (left) and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal | Photos: Twitter/Wikipedia

Punjab heats up over Modi govt ordinances — CM opposes, Sukhbir supports, farmers to protest

BJP ally SAD denies supporting all-party resolution against the ordinances, CM Amarinder says they will be ‘dangerous’ for farmers’ future.
File photo | Farmers thresh paddy in Nadia | PTI

Modi govt’s three rushed ordinances can help agriculture, but not farmers

None of the new agri-marketing laws have anything to do with the coronavirus or the lockdown, but were brought in by Modi govt when Parliament was shut.
Labourers unloading sacks of onion in Azadpur mandi in Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

From Meghalaya to Jharkhand, how India is ensuring agri supply chains are not disrupted

In a world living with Covid-19, it is clear that supply chains and logistics should be simple and easy to manage. And that’s what several Indian states are doing.
Sacks of wheat in a godown (representational image) | Photo: ANI

UP lags far behind target on wheat procurement, forces farmers to sell it in mandis below MSP

Until 24 May, while MP has exceeded its target and Punjab has almost completed its own, UP has just procured 37% of its target of 55 lakh metric tonnes.

Chattisgarh on alert after Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh face locust attacks

According to an official, arrangements for pesticides and sprayers have been made to tackle the locusts, which may enter bordering districts by 29 May.

Nirmala Sitharaman sports a different mask each day at Rs 20 lakh crore package briefings

In a series of press conferences over the past five days, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman unveiled details of the Rs 20 lakh crore stimulus package announced by PM Modi last week.
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Govt lockdown package frees farmers from mandi monopoly, strips essentials of stock limits

The Modi govt’s third press conference with respect to its Rs 20 lakh crore lockdown package was all about the agriculture sector. 
Two women, both named Nanhi Devi, are the bread winners in their families. Nanhi Devi (right) lost her husband and in-laws to TB, while the other woman's husband is too old and rests at home | Jyoti Yadav | ThePrint

It’s back to work for these migrants who, after walking barefoot, finally made it home to UP

Migrant workers, who managed to reach home after walking from cities, quarantined themselves for 14 days before setting out to find work again.

On Camera

File photo of Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi on 24 October

Protect bankers, act against miscreants with full force of law: Finance ministry tells states

In a letter to all state chief secretaries, the finance ministry sought proactive and preventive measures amid rising incidents of violence against bankers on bank premises.

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Representational image. A file photo of an Indian Air Force Cheetah helicopter. | Photo: Commons

Armed forces to limit flying Cheetah choppers as Covid hits spares production at HAL

HAL has reduced spare production for the ageing Cheetahs, and it has been communicated to the forces that the shortage is expected to last around 3 months.
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.