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After she came in for a lot of flak from social media users for utilizing ‘Sushri’ in her Twitter handle, BSP Supremo Mayawati Wednesday dropped the title from her user name on the microblogging platform. When the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister made her debut on Twitter earlier this month, she used the handle @SushriMayawati. …

 Uttar Pradesh government has fixed a deadline of February 22 for the list of every beneficiary farmers in the state of the PM-Kisan Nidhi Yojna to be uploaded on the central portal of the scheme, with the first such list to made available by February 12 itself. This could fast-track the payment of the first …

After hectic consultations, which postponed an announcement, the Congress government in Rajasthan will finally roll out a Rs 7,000-crore farm loan waiver scheme on Thursday, delivering on its election promise. The scheme, which will utilize Aadhaar-based biometric authentication, will start a day before the state’s main opposition BJP has called for a ‘jail bharo’ protest …

Social activist Anna Hazare ended his 7-day-long hunger strike on Tuesday evening after around six-hour marathon meeting with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Union Agriculture Minister Radhe Mohan Singh also took part in the discussions at Hazare’s Ralegaon-Siddhi village. After the meeting, Fadnavis requested Hazare to break his fast, which the activist did by accepting …

The government plans to launch an index to rank states on the basis of ease of doing agri-business, Parliament was confirmed Tuesday. Minister of State for Agriculture Parshottam Rupala replied in affirmative when demanded if the government was planning to launch such an index. “To ensure that the reform agenda of the government is implemented …

To assess the plight of farmers, the government will organize a pan-India survey to ascertain their income and indebtedness among other issues for the current crop year (July-June). In a written reply to Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Agriculture Gajendra Singh Shekhawat stated that the ‘Situation Assessment Survey of Agricultural Households’ will be conducted …

The government think-tank Niti Aayog has constituted a task force on the sugar industry to find a long-term solution to the problems faced by the sector, Parliament was informed Tuesday. The task force was established in December 2018 under the chairmanship of Niti Aayog member Ramesh Chand, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said in a …

Union Minister Arun Jaitley Sunday stated that the Rs 500 a month cash dole to small farmers may be increased in the future as the government’s resources grow and said states can top up this amount with their own income support schemes. He also slammed Congress President Rahul Gandhi for ridiculing the scheme launched in …

Kick launching the Budget Session with an address to joint session of Parliament, President Ram Nath Kovind today said India was going through “uncertain times” ahead of the 2014 LS elections and the Narendra Modi government after assuming power has taken several initiatives to build a ‘New India’. President stated that the government’s main aim …

The Kamal Nath headed Congress government in Madhya Pradesh has rejected BJP’s charge that it is duping farmers in the name of loan waivers by waiving only small loans. The government on Friday said around 57% of the 5.56 million beneficiary farmers would soon have their outstanding loans of over Rs 50,000 waived. More than …

Accusing Rahul Gandhi of acting as a “Chinese propagandist”, the BJP Friday demanded him to give complete details of his meeting with China’s ministers and officials as in his Kailash Mansarovar visit and questioned why he had not kept the Indian government informed. The BJP’s attack on Gandhi came after the Congress president stated at …

The government will soon launch a package for farmers to boost their income, Minister of State for Agriculture ParshottamRupala said Thursday amid speculations that the Centre is considering several measures to address distress in the farm sector. The minister, however, did not explains whether the relief package would be part of the upcoming Budget on …