Covid-19 Pandemic in India has led to mass reverse migration of labour from the urban centres to their rural roots. Since announcement of the unavoidable first phase of lock-down on Mar 23 2020, by the honourable Prime Minister of India, the economic activities came to a standstill. Most industrial centres and the states that provided jobs to the rural migrants could not support them anymore. Extension of lock-down after the first phase of 21 days led to un-anticipated hardships for the migrant labourers.
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On 23rd May 2019, the BJP-led NDA coalition rode back to power with a thumping majority thereby assuring India of a stable government for the next 5 years. Amongst other things, one of the primary challenges the new government faces is reviving the agriculture industry in India.
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Initiated with the noble aim of empowering farmers to market their own produce efficiently, and in the process double their income by 2022, on 14th April 2016, Government of India launched National Agricultural Market (NAM), which was later renamed as Electronic National Agricultural Market (e-NAM).
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In the first part of this two-part blog series, we covered the basics of Universal Basic Income (UBI) along with certain pro-farmer Indian welfare schemes inspired therefrom. Further, we posed a question as to whether UBI can indeed be the magical cure to end the agrarian crisis in India. In this part, we will delve further into this subject and explore better alternatives to the same.
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In the first part of this two-part series, we covered the various diverse perspectives that are emerging on Farm Loan Waivers in India and presented a new perspective – linking Commodity Spot Markets with short-term credit linkage initiatives to enhance famers’ bargaining power that will lead to better realisations for their agriculture produce.
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