Governance

July 1, 2020

MGNREGS curbs distress migration, provides employment during lockdown

With agriculture turning unsustainable, villagers migrated to nearby towns for work. Community planning leading to sanctioned MGNREGS works has ensured local livelihood and has stemmed migration

June 26, 2020

With no increase in tiger count, tribes continue to be relocated

With discontentment among relocated tribes leading to conflict between tiger conservation and tribes’ habitat rights in Similipal, administrators hope to change mindset with education and employment

June 24, 2020

Will the post-pandemic government be more responsible and responsive?

COVID-19 crisis showed how government can work with zeal and efficiency. It will be a welcome outcome of the pandemic If the momentum continues in the new normal

June 10, 2020

Decentralized administration will prevent post-lockdown rural crisis

Social and behavioral aspects, besides economic and medical dimensions of the migrants need to be considered, to avoid cracks on existing rural fault lines

May 27, 2020

Women use mobile phones to maintain land records

Over half a million women, trained to access and maintain their land records through mobile phones, have learned to complete documentation, so that they are registered as owners

May 22, 2020

Volunteers in Odisha ensure stranded migrants do not go hungry

Social service personnel working on migration issues network with philanthropists, administrators and volunteers to ensure stranded Odia migrants and other state migrants in Odisha are fed

May 13, 2020

Multi-pronged approach will reboot flagging rural economy

Enhancing the resilience of rural production system through multiple measures, besides soil and water conservation initiatives would help the rural populace find a firm footing

May 6, 2020

Disrupted supply chains need to be mended to revive rural economy

Infusion of working capital at some levels of the supply chain and easing of transportation regulations would put ruptured supply chains back on track and reboot rural economy

May 1, 2020

How a tribal community took measures to guard itself against COVID-19

Though remote, Sittilingi Valley in Tamil Nadu, has a sizeable population that migrates for work. This prompted a proactive panchayat leadership to rally the community around to safeguard itself

April 17, 2020

Closure of seasonal hostels leaves migrants’ children in the lurch

While the lockdown left migrants stranded at destination sites, their children staying in seasonal hostels had to be sheltered with relatives or had to fend for themselves