Reviving the Indian rural sector during Covid-19

first_imgIn all the discussions surrounding the effect on the Indian economy as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic, little attention has been paid to the Indian rural sector and its potential for being revived during this difficult time. Earlier, the fact that unemployed sections of the Indian population from villages and remote heartlands could migrate to an urban area to find employment allowed the country to ignore, for the most part, the stark challenges and issues facing the Indian rural sector. Now that is not the case, as reverse migration has thrown open a whole pandora’s box of questions for Indians to confront regarding rural India. With the pandemic expected to continue for anywhere between six months to 1 year from now, it becomes all the more pressing now to confront the challenges of the rural sector in India and arrive at possible solutions for the same.For the purposes of this discussion, the focus is on rural areas in the Northern states. According to the data released by the website of the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), the rural unemployment rate has steadily increased in the months of June and July 2020, with only a slight drop in numbers by the end of August. Reverse migration of Indians from urban to rural areas has been the primary factor behind this increase in rural unemployment. The unpredictability of the pandemic has contributed to uncertainty for migrants as to when they would be able to return to urban areas to resume their work. This uncertainty is precisely the reason why there should be a greater focus on the part of governments and civil society organizations to generate employment and opportunities within rural areas.MNREGA is one of the solutions, but unfortunately, enormous stress has been laid on this scheme already due to the pandemic. The scheme has created 153.16 crore person-days of employment during April-July[1]. Economist Farzana Afridi says, “The urban industry is expected to face a huge crunch of workers, especially in construction jobs and other petty business, while rural areas will have surplus numbers with almost no job opportunities for them. After all, you cannot put millions of skilled workers on the  Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in the long run.”[2] The scheme cannot, therefore, be the only solution for the employment crisis in the rural sector.In order to strengthen the rural economy and reduce the common man’s challenges, infrastructure funds need to be allocated by the government. The cabinet has already approved a Rs 1 lakh crore Agriculture Infrastructure Fund under Atmanirbhar Bharat which is expected to catalyse the creation of post-harvest infrastructures and community farming assets such as cold storage, collection centres and processing units. Another scheme that the union government has been prioritizing since the start of the pandemic is the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY). Launched initially in 2007 by the National Development Council and meant primarily to be a state plan scheme, The Hindu recently reported that states such as Kerala have been approved for the sanction of 4,500 crores to facilitate infrastructure development in the agricultural sector.But in addition to schemes like these, it is imperative to increase spending on infrastructure projects such as road construction, wells etc which will in turn increase employment, further boosting income. Data released by the Central Statistics Office on August 31 showed that the construction sector contracted 50.3 per cent while the manufacturing sector witnessed a contraction of 39.3 per cent. According to a report by KPMG, infrastructure spending is expected to have a multiplier effect on overall economic growth, primarily based on the Keynesian theory that aggregate demand can be reactivated by increasing public expenditure.While we might associate the rural sector with only agricultural activity, SMEs also comprise an integral part of the rural economy with more than half operating in these areas. At the same time, the rural sector has also entered an age of digitisation and numerous Kirana shops, large farmers etc have adapted to increasing technologies including digital payments. While a few rural SMEs have adopted digital technologies, it is necessary that this shift takes place on a larger scale. Integration of technology in the entire harvesting process, right from sowing to distribution, will help link the rural market to urban distributors and lead to a deeper understanding of the demands of people in urban areas. In the post-COVID-19 world, in order for the Indian economy to step up in the global market and follow PM Narendra Modi’s call for Atmanirbhar, the need of the hour is to give rural farmers technological know-how. The Economic Times recently quoted Mr Pankajj Ghode on the matter, who stated that technology plays a key role in increasing productivity as it will deliver customised solutions to farmers based on crop’s sowing date, variety sown, harvest date, soil health, disease outbreaks, pest control measures, water availability, projected weather conditions as well as market prices”.The relationship between the urban and rural sector in India – both in terms of supply chain and employment dynamics – ensures that whenever the pandemic ends and the actual revival of the Indian economy begins, there will also be a similar revival of the earlier migration dynamics from the rural to the urban areas. However, it is not certain as to when the pandemic will actually end. It may take anywhere between 6 months to 1 year for some semblance of normalcy to return to the country. Until then, it is vital to concentrate on creating opportunities in the rural sector rather than relying on the urban sector to fill gaps related to unemployment. For the long term as well, such efforts are certain to yield positive impacts for the Indian economy as a whole. [1] https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/editorials/with-mgnregas-help-6541342/[2]https://www.huffingtonpost.in/entry/mgnrega-migrants-workers-crisis-stimulus-economy_in_5ecd259ac5b66801e008e4ablast_img read more

West Union Income Tax Return due date is extended

first_img West Union Income Tax Return due date is extendedMarch 31, 2020Mark CarpenterNews0 Powered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Mama’s Deviled EggsNOW PLAYINGBest Carrot Cake EverNOW PLAYINGApple Pie BitesNOW PLAYINGApple Pie Bites With Caramel SauceNOW PLAYINGHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersNOW PLAYINGCream Cheese Cake Mix CookiesNOW PLAYING5 Easy and Delicious Crock Pot Meatball Appetizer RecipesNOW PLAYINGOld Fashioned Soft and Buttery Yeast RollsNOW PLAYINGSweet Alabama PecanbreadNOW PLAYINGHow to Slice & Mince Vegetables Like a ProNOW PLAYINGHow to Knead DoughNOW PLAYINGHow to Use a Meat ThermometerNOW PLAYINGHow to Quarter a ChickenNOW PLAYINGSlow Cooker/Crock Pot HintsNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Garbage DisposalsNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Stainless Steel SinksNOW PLAYINGHow to Melt and Soften ButterNOW PLAYINGHow to Cook Scrambled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel TomatoesNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel Hard Boiled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Chill a Drink in 2 MinutesNOW PLAYINGHow to Chop an Onion PerfectlyNOW PLAYINGPerfect Bacon Every TimeNOW PLAYINGPumpkin Cream Cheese BarsNOW PLAYINGHomemade Caramel SauceNOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. The West Union Income Tax Department has extended the due date of the 2019 individual and business tax returns to July 15, 2020. Tax returns received by July 15, 2020 will be considered as being filed on time and will not be subject to late filing fees or interest charges.In addition, the deadline for taxpayers making their first quarter estimated tax payment for 2020 will also be extended to July 15, 2020.The West Union Income Tax Department will temporarily suspend office hours due to the coronavirus epidemic. You can still contact the West Union Income Tax Department by phone at (937)217-8855 from 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. weekdays, by email at [email protected] or by mail at West Union Income Tax, PO Box 556, West Union, Ohio 45693. HomeNewsWest Union Income Tax Return due date is extended PreviousLatest Update from the OHSAA (Spring Sports)NextPatricia R. Wylie Around the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterThis Weird Method Can Restore Your Vision Naturally (Watch)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Top Searches Top Searches SchoolWESTMinti last_img read more

Rochester councilman arrested for alleged sexual contact with a child

first_img (Photo supplied) A Rochester councilman has been arrested for alleged sexual contact with a child.Gary Clevenger Jr., 40, was taken into custody on Friday, Jan. 31, and charged with four felonies, including child solicitation and sexual misconduct with a minor under 16 and neglect of a dependent, according to WSBT-TV.The circumstances that led to his arrest were not immediately released.This is a developing story. Check back for updates. Twitter WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Facebook Previous articleHoosier State hits an employment record in 2019Next articleDecison made in South Bend Police tapes case, recordings still not released 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Rochester councilman arrested for alleged sexual contact with a child By 95.3 MNC – February 3, 2020 0 307 Facebook Pinterest Twitter IndianaLocalNewslast_img read more

South Bend’s new Director of Community Initiatives to work with at-risk teens

first_img Facebook By Jon Zimney – February 16, 2020 1 1257 Pinterest Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp (Photo supplied/City of South Bend) South Bend’s Mayor has appointed a man to work with at-risk teenagers and help curtail gang violence.Maurice Scott was named Director of Community Initiatives. Scott graduated from Adams High School and served as an Air Force medic during Operation Desert Storm.He most recently served as the Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center before taking on this newly-created position.Below is a news release sent to 95.3 MNC from the Mayor’s Office regarding Scott’s appointment:This week Mayor James Mueller announced the appointment of Maurice Moe Scott as the new Director of Community Initiatives for the Office of the Mayor.  The newly created position focuses on working with at-risk teens, assisting with Group Violence Intervention and overseeing the Community Initiatives Fund.“Moe is a well-known community leader who has already made many contributions to our city,” said Mayor James Mueller. “I am excited for him to serve in this new role and connect our youth with additional resources.”Scott was educated in South Bend, where he graduated from Adams High School and then served as an Air Force medic during Operation Desert Storm. After his military service, Scott attended Ancilla College and then began his career in South Bend’s Parks & Recreation Department, now called Venues Park & Arts.He most recently served as the Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center. In that role, he was instrumental in facilitating many programs that benefit the community, including the Soldiers Basketball Program, the MADE Violence Prevention Program, and the Dream Academy.Scott has been the recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award and the IHSAA Coach of the Year Award, among other accolades. South Bend’s new Director of Community Initiatives to work with at-risk teens IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Previous articleThree people hurt in near head-on crash on State Road 23Next articleElkhart County man pleads guilty in wife’s death Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Google+ Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more

STS9 Shares Full Audio From All-Improv Performance On 1/1/15

first_imgOn the first day of 2015, STS9 played one of the most unique performances of their storied career. Playing a benefit concert for Conscious Alliance at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO, the group hosted dinner and a show for an intimate group of fans. Not only did the group play on a smaller stage, which was set up in front of the main stage, but their entire set was improvised.Thanks to the band, we now have full audio footage of the music. Check out the full playlist below!Setlist: STS9 at Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO – 1/1/15Set: A Beautiful Chaos (Improv) > Peace One (Improv) > Pianoir Outro (Improv), Modular (Improv), Drum & Bass (Improv) > Black Satin (Improv) > Dub (Improv) > Something in E (Improv)last_img

Watch Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s Star Wars-Themed ‘The Funk Awakens’ Performance

first_imgIn celebration of all things Star Wars, funk band Pigeons Playing Ping Pong came out firing with a thematically appropriate “The Funk Awakens” show at the Ardmore Music Hall last Saturday, December 19th.The band opened with “20th Century Fox,” a nod to the logo that appears before each Star Wars film. The band weaved through various Star Wars music, inserting the “Cantina Song” into their own song “Stay,” for example. The band also changed some of their own lyrics around, inserting references from a galaxy far, far away into their music.Thanks to the band, we now have pro-shot footage of the performance. You can also download all of the audio right here!Set One:Set Two:Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong at Ardmore Music Hall, Ardmore, PA – 12/19/15Set One: 20th Century Fox > Melting Lights > Poseidon* > Star Wars Theme > Poseidon*, Pop Off, Whoopie^, Ocean Flows, Stay > Cantina Song > Stay > Live It UpSet Two: Walk Outside, Sunny Day, Funk E Zekiel > Drums > Funk E Zekiel > Kashmir > Lightning, Landing > Jam > E-Funk#, Horizon > Schwanthem > Imperial March > SchwanthemEncore: Cliffs%Notes:* Lyric change to “Darth Vader took my throat, I need a Millennium Falcon”^ Lyric change to “Wookie do that funk!”# w/ “We Want The Funk” jam, led by audience% Lyric change to “Smoking weed with the Sithlast_img read more

Dead & Company Announces 2019 ‘Fall Fun Run’ Webcasts

first_imgDead & Company has announced that they will webcast each of their upcoming six-show Fall Fun Run.The pay-per-view webcasts cost $29.99 per show. You can save $30 when you order all six webcasts as part of the Unlimited Devotion Webcast Pass. For more information, or to order your Dead & Company Fall Fun Run webcast passes now, head here.Related: Dead & Company Summer Tour 2019 Recap: Stats, Storms, & Top 5 ShowsDead & Company’s Fall Fun Run will kick off with a pair of shows at New York, NY’s Madison Square Garden on October 31st and November 1st. From there, the band will make its way to Uniondale, NY’s NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Coliseum, on November 5th and 6th. Finally, the run will close out with a pair of performances at Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA on November 8th and 9th.For a list of dates on Dead & Company’s 2019 Fall Fun Run, see below. For more information, head to the band’s website here.Dead & Company 2019 Fall Fun Run Dates:10/31 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY11/1 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY11/5 – NYCB Live – Uniondale, NY11/6 – NYCB Live — Uniondale, NY11/8 – Hampton Coliseum – Hampton, VA11/9 – Hampton Coliseum – Hampton, VAlast_img read more

Freshmen Belles embrace common experience

first_imgThough 9 a.m. classes, milkshake Masses and anticipated football games keep planners brimming and schedules tight, Saint Mary’s Belles learn to adjust by participating  in weekly advising meetings with their freshman mentors as part of the Sophia Program.According to associate professor of music Laurel Thomas, these advising sessions are part of the Sophia Program and are mandated to encourage social development, stimulate academic understanding and embrace distinct viewpoints.First-year student Morgan Micetich said her advising group encourages her to succeed and serves as a support system during what would otherwise be a difficult transition.“The [advisory meetings] teach me to focus on myself and not to live by the expectations of others,” Micetich said. “It introduces me to my new sisters and helps me work through stress.”This new initiative benefits not only the students, but also the advisers and peer mentors who partake in the experience as guides for the freshmen class, Thomas said. Thomas said it becomes clear how exceptional each student is during the meetings and she hopes the emphasis on individuality will help them uncover their passions.“The class itself involves community building because students get to know people from other majors on a more personal level,” Thomas said. “We want everybody to be on the same page, to have heard this background information.”Thomas said the Sophia Program’s focus on self-discovery and a concept called integration of learning lies beyond the information covered in lectures and examinations in a standard classroom.Students are urged to synthesize what they grasp in one area of life with other concepts to best comprehend everything they learn and to gain a better understanding of collegiate life, said Thomas.“The courses that you take teach you different ways of thinking,” Thomas said. “Talking intentionally about integration of learning helps because at the end, you’ll be able to say much better what it means for you. I don’t think I realized until after I graduated from college and began graduate school that I actually could incorporate the learning that I had before. It sort of dawns on you that you’ve done it.”Throughout the advisory meetings and first-year required lectures, all first-year students read “What the Best College Students Do” by Ken Bain. The book details the atypical journeys of successful individuals like J.K. Rowling and Stephen Colbert, Thomas said.Students learn, through close readings, to focus more on their knowledge than on letter grades, as true understanding remains permanently beneficial while assessments cannot always accurately measure one’s ability, Thomas said.“The book is full of stories about people who did not take the standard path and who developed themselves based upon their interests and their passions,” Thomas said.First-year student Katie Long said she relates to the universal themes illustrated throughout the book and is confident that what she learns throughout the common course will assist her for her entire life.“Meeting with my adviser and mentor every week keeps me on track and reminds me to pursue my goals,” Long said. “I always look forward to the class because the environment is so friendly and productive. It’s a great learning opportunity.”Because the Sophia Program enforces leadership skills within its members, students engaged in this class are well prepared to take on every opportunity that presents itself, Thomas said.This common experience, though personalized, unites its participants in the values of persistence, ambition and dedication that will lead them to a lifetime of success, Thomas said.“The social responsibility aspect of the Sophia Program is especially unique about Saint Mary’s,” Thomas said. “We want our students, when they graduate, to be citizens of the world, responsible people who know what’s going on and are able to create change.”Tags: Saint Mary’s College, Sophia Program, What the Best College Students Dolast_img read more

Food on Friday: Better together

first_imgBy Julia WesthoffElla and Louis, rainy days and hot tea, beer and baseball: Some things are just better together. Today we celebrate love, romance, and the perfect pair. And in honor of wonderful unions, I thought I’d post some of my favorite food combinations, linked to previous Food on Friday recipes. Enjoy them with your loved ones.And to my better half, Happy Valentine’s Day! You’re the cookies to my milk. [Eds. note: Thank you, my dearest. I love you more than words can express]Chips and salsa.Cake and ice cream.Peanut butter and jelly.Spaghetti with meatballs .Cookies and milk.Nutella and anything.last_img

Roeland Park asks Mission to de-annex small sliver of land near Johnson Drive and Roe Boulevard

first_imgMayor Mike Kelly of Roeland Park asked the Mission council last week to consider de-annexing a section of property at Johnson Drive and Roe Boulevard.Roeland Park has asked Mission to consider redrawing its city limits to de-annex a half-acre piece of land divided by Johnson Drive. The land currently within Mission’s limits would connect the property on the north side of the street to the rest of Roeland Park.Register to continuelast_img