All stories by Sanjeeb Mukherjee
Why high food inflation is good news for the farmerRediff.com14 Jan 2020
While rising food inflation is a matter of grave concern for a significant chunk of the population and for policy makers as well, it marks a turnaround in the fortunes of the farmer, reports Sanjeeb Mukherjee.
Farm growth likely to remain subdued at 2.8% in FY20Rediff.com8 Jan 2020
A pick-up in farmer income could have a cascading impact on the rural economy, though agriculture is becoming a smaller part of India's overall rural incomes.
Modi to review ministries' work in quest for turnaroundRediff.com3 Jan 2020
Starting today, Modi and top officials in the Prime Minister's Office will be briefed by various central ministries and departments on their plans as well as agenda for the next five years. They will also apprise the PMO of the work they have done so far in realising the agenda of government's second term in office.
Govt for UPA-style bailout of NBFCsRediff.com26 Dec 2019
In 2009, the UPA government, had announced a slew of measures to boost liquidity in NBFCs. These included a scheme for providing liquidity support to NBFCs having assets size of over Rs 100 crore through a SPV.
Modi, team to start pre-Budget consultations next weekRediff.com14 Dec 2019
In the 2020-21 Budget, the prime minister and the finance minister are keen to stamp their narrative, after various rollbacks following the previous Budget, said top government sources. Besides the scheduled meetings, the sources said, the Prime Minister's Office is expected to hold several meetings with top secretaries and officials on various ongoing schemes, their performance and also how some of them could be tweaked for better results.
Centre halves onion stock holding limit for retailersRediff.com4 Dec 2019
India exported $102 million worth of dehydrated onions in 2018-19.
NITI Aayog on how India can become $5-trillion economyRediff.com2 Dec 2019
Though the NITI Aayog did not give its estimates for the required GDP growth at constant prices, economists pegged it at 9 per cent, a feat not seen since the GDP series was revised with 2011-12 as the base year.
Unspent PM-KISAN fund may be diverted to MGNREGARediff.com13 Nov 2019
Sources said the rural development ministry has sought an additional Rs 20,000 crore for MGNREGA for 2019-20 over and above the budgeted Rs 60,000 crore for 2019-20. Though, all of the PM-KISAN savings may not be transferred to fund MNGREGA's extra needs, sources said a part of this could be transferred.
Bitter reminder for BJP that assembly polls are fought on local issuesRediff.com25 Oct 2019
Dissatisfaction with the state leadership, along with caste and sectarian factors and economic issues -- particularly those relating to jobs and rural distress cost the BJP.
Why govt fund and monsoon failed to lift rural economyRediff.com22 Oct 2019
Although demonetisation and improper implementation of GST along with falling prices are being blamed for much of the distress in rural India for some time, experts believe those may not be the only reason.
Why it makes sense for farmers to rear birdsRediff.com21 Oct 2019
A data shows the number of backyard poultry has risen by 46 per cent between 2012 and 2019. The development is extremely positive because it provides an incentive for small and marginal farmers to rear birds.
Why India's milk production has grown at over 6% past few yearsRediff.com17 Oct 2019
As the number of cross-bred female cattle rise, the entire concept of lean and flush seasons for milk will go away, as these animals give similar quantities in all seasons.
In a first, BJP meets SJM, others over joining RCEPRediff.com8 Oct 2019
The BJP's effort comes in the wake of Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal set to attend the eighth RCEP ministerial meeting in Bangkok from October 10 to 12.
Govt may now cap prices of antibioticsRediff.com7 Oct 2019
The intention of the government is to cap prices of drugs that are essential and which the public widely uses.
Govt eyes divestment proceeds to tackle fiscal deficitRediff.com1 Oct 2019
Divestment in BPCL, SCI, Concor, NEEPCO, and THDC would help the Centre keep its fiscal deficit in check in the wake of subdued tax revenues and a Rs 1.45-trillion hit for the exchequer from corporation rate cuts.
PM's economic advisory council may be rejiggedRediff.com25 Sep 2019
Among possible new members, former chief economic advisor Arvind Virmani's name is doing the rounds.
Kharif crop: No major production loss seenRediff.com24 Sep 2019
However, the estimates could change in the coming months, as full impact of excess rainfall and floods on the standing soybean and urad crops in central and western India in late August and September has not yet been fully taken into account.
How govt plans to boost liquidity in the farm sectorRediff.com17 Sep 2019
It has decided not to levy the 2 per cent tax deducted at source (TDS) on cash payments above Rs 1 crore made through Agricultural Produce Market Committees.
Monsoon withdrawal delayed, might begin after mid-Sep: IMDRediff.com11 Sep 2019
This should augur well for the rabi crops as delayed withdrawal will leave enough moisture in the soil for early sowing.
Maximum sowing area for each crop to be notified in a yearRediff.com6 Sep 2019
Farmers should be encouraged into crops needing less of water, while ensuring a market for what they sow, said ICAR's head.
Cabinet nods Rs 6,268 crore export subsidy for sugarRediff.com29 Aug 2019
The subsidy will be credited to bank accounts of farmers against cane price dues and are compliant with WTO norms. This will benefit millions of farmers in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka.
With near-normal rains, paddy sowing likely to pick upRediff.com10 Aug 2019
The slowdown in sowing is mainly because of the delayed onset of the southwest monsoon and its slow progress in June.
Pulses and coarse cereal sowing gets a boost from good rainsRediff.com5 Aug 2019
However, the areas under paddy - the biggest cereal grown during the kharif season - continue to be less than last year, mainly due to delayed onset of rains and also on account of shift towards the more lucrative maize.
Bharat punctures hopes of boost in FMCG demandRediff.com4 Aug 2019
Recent data from market analytics firm Nielsen shows that the rural market in the country's 630,000-odd villages is pulling down the overall FMCG business.
Monsoon cheer for India's farmersRediff.com2 Aug 2019
Officials said good rain in August - though it might not improve acreages much for most crops except urad, moong, and paddy - would help in improving yields in the crops already planted.
Why farmers in several states are turning to maizeRediff.com30 Jul 2019
Low rain coupled with the fact that maize prices in the open market have surged from around Rs 15-16 a kg to almost Rs 25 this year have forced farmers to turn to this crop.
August rain to determine final output of kharif crops this yearRediff.com29 Jul 2019
Till July 26, kharif crops have been sown in around 68.87 million hectares, which is 6.43 per cent lower than the area covered during the same period last year.
States keen on linking central grants with reformsRediff.com19 Jul 2019
The high-level panel also asked the government to work towards re-orienting subsidies in a targeted manner from the crop sector to the non-crop sector and redesign the electronic National Agriculture Market.
Farmer groups plan protest against spread of GM cropsRediff.com16 Jul 2019
The groups, including those associated with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's parent organisation the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, have also threatened a big nationwide agitation if growth of illegal GM crops isn't checked.
Devendra Fadnavis to head CMs' panel on agriculture reformRediff.com2 Jul 2019
The committee has been tasked to come up with policy measures to boost agriculture exports, raise growth in food processing, attract investments in modern market infrastructure, value chains and logistics.
Scanty rain in June hits sowing of kharif cropsRediff.com1 Jul 2019
Till June 30, the southwest monsoon was 33 per cent lower than normal, which is among the worst in the last five years, with 28 of the 36 meteorological divisions recording deficient rain.
Weak monsoon likely to increase demand for work under MGNREGSRediff.com21 Jun 2019
Around 40 per cent of the country is staring at drought-like conditions ahead of the monsoon as water levels have receded sharply.
Modi 2.0: Rs 70,000-crore rural road building project on agendaRediff.com21 Jun 2019
It would involve constructing over 125,000 kilometres of roads and would form part of the third phase of the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana.
Modi starts pre-Budget meets to brainstorm on economyRediff.com19 Jun 2019
Tuesday's meeting at the PM's residence, attended by all the five secretaries in the finance ministry besides top officials of other economic ministries and NITI Aayog, cleared a five-year vision plan for the government to make India a $5-trillion economy by 2024.
Vayu weakens monsoon, raising spectre of droughtRediff.com15 Jun 2019
By June 14, the monsoon should have reached central India. But this year it hasn't even covered Karnataka properly or entered the Northeast.
Brace for a hot summer in North IndiaRediff.com5 Mar 2019
"The season averaged maximum temperatures in Himachal Pradesh, West Rajasthan, Konkan, Goa, Coastal Karnataka, Kerala and Arunachal Pradesh are likely to be higher than normal by 0.5-1.0 degree Celsius," the Met department has said in its forecast.
Winter rain won't cause large-scale damage to most rabi cropsRediff.com4 Mar 2019
For potato farmers in the north and wheat growers in the eastern parts -- particularly in Jharkhand, Bihar, and Odisha -- the recent rains could in fact be beneficial.
How India can become a hub of software productsRediff.com1 Mar 2019
Policy lays out a 5-year road map seeking creation of 3.5 mn jobs and promoting 10,000 start-ups.
Will there be normal monsoon in 2019?Rediff.com26 Feb 2019
A normal monsoon will augur well for the country's agriculture sector and boost crop yields. However, good rains - and surplus crops - could also depress prices, hurting farm income, unless adequate steps are taken.
Read the fine print: No cash transfer for farmers if....Rediff.com7 Feb 2019
Families with tax-paying members, government employees, professionals, among those who have been exempted from the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme.