Articles by Zia Haq
- Declining vegetable prices was more than offset by costlier oils and fats mainly because higher global prices of edible oil. The country imports up to two-thirds of its cooking oil.
Published on Jan 14, 2022 04:39 AM IST
The farm sector has emerged relatively unscathed from the pandemic due to higher subsidies and fewer Covid-related curbs even as millions of farmers were on protest against three farm laws, which were eventually repealed by the government on November 30.
Updated on Jan 13, 2022 12:26 AM IST
Successive budgets have enhanced the farm-credit target over the years, from about ₹10 lakh crore in 2017-18 to about ₹16.5 lakh crore in the current financial year
Updated on Jan 06, 2022 07:26 AM IST
The ministry will focus on building cooperative societies as the pivot of a whole gamut of economic activities, from financial services to production of finished goods, according to officials.
Updated on Jan 05, 2022 02:32 AM IST
Economist Ryan A Bourne’s sharply-written book explains simple economic concepts through the US government’s response to the pandemic, whose lessons are consequential for all
Updated on Dec 25, 2021 03:54 AM IST
India exported farm produce worth $32.5 billion in 20-21, just a touch below the all-time record of $32.7 billion achieved in 2012-13
Updated on Dec 15, 2021 08:28 PM IST
The National Summit on Agro and Food Processing, in which Modi is set to make a valedictory address via videoconferencing, is being organized by the Gujarat government.
Published on Dec 14, 2021 12:13 AM IST
The Union government and the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), a platform of farm unions, on Thursday reached a deal on a raft of demands that had sparked yearlong protests by peasants in a major political challenge to the Modi regime
Published on Dec 10, 2021 04:07 PM IST
In a key concession to protesting farm unions, the Union government has proposed to set up a committee “mandated” to ensure Indian farmers get MSP for their produce
Updated on Dec 10, 2021 12:27 AM IST
A turning point came when four farmers returning from a protest died when a car owned by the son of a Union minister recklessly ploughed into them in Uttar Pradesh.
Published on Dec 10, 2021 12:18 AM IST
The compromise between the Centre and protesting farm unions came after two days of back-channel negotiations that saw proposals being sent back and forth, and 11 rounds of tenuous negotiations that hit a deadlock on January 22, 2021.
Published on Dec 09, 2021 06:29 PM IST
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha, a platform of protesting farm unions, said on Wednesday that it was close to sealing a deal with the Union government after the two sides settled on a set of revised draft proposals to resolve the pending demands of the cultivators
Published on Dec 09, 2021 12:08 AM IST
A Reuters report from Sao Paulo said India accounted for 8.25% of the total agribusiness products imported by the 22 Arab League members last year, higher than Brazil’s 8.15%
Published on Dec 08, 2021 01:01 PM IST
The repo rate stands unchanged at 4% whereas the reverse repo rate remains at 3.35%. The marginal standing facility (MSF) and the Bank Rate also remain unchanged at 4.25%.
Published on Dec 08, 2021 12:44 PM IST
In the letter sent through the Union home ministry, the Centre said it was willing to accept the major demands of the unions provided the farmers end their protests and return home.
Updated on Dec 08, 2021 07:06 AM IST
Farmer leaders Balbir Singh Rajewal, Ashok Dhawle, Shiv Kumar Kakka, Gurnam Singh Chaduni and Yudhvir Singh were named the members of the committee after a meeting was held by the SKM
Updated on Dec 05, 2021 01:45 AM IST
The Union government is indirectly talking to some farm leaders to prepare the ground for dialogue over a slew of remaining demands by cultivators
Updated on Dec 04, 2021 10:27 PM IST
The total subsidy amount that state governments owed over the past three financial years in a row stood at ₹4,744 crore as on November 24, 2021, according to figures revealed by agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar in a written reply to a query in Parliament.
Updated on Dec 02, 2021 12:10 AM IST
Farmers’ protest: “The ministry of agriculture and farmers welfare has no record in the matter (deaths) and hence the question does not arise,” the govt told Lok Sabha.
Updated on Dec 02, 2021 04:59 AM IST
Delay in paying compensation for crops ruined by weather shocks and payment of subsidies can push millions of farmers into poverty, leaving them with little money for the next sowing season.
Published on Dec 01, 2021 09:14 PM IST
Growth clocked 8.4% in the second quarter of the current fiscal year, data released by India’s National Statistical Office on Tuesday showed, beating expectations.
Published on Dec 01, 2021 06:58 PM IST
This is the second time the Union government has informed Parliament it had no information on farmers’ death at various protest sites. During Parliament’s Monsoon Session too held during July-August, the government had said it did not have any such data.
Updated on Dec 01, 2021 05:31 PM IST
Farm unions may decide to participate in the committee if it is a “concrete” step towards guaranteeing prices of agricultural produce, farm leader Gurnam Singh Charuni said on Tuesday.
Updated on Dec 01, 2021 06:23 AM IST
Farm unions on Monday termed the repeal of three agricultural laws by Parliament as a historic victory but criticised the government for repealing the laws without a discussion.
Updated on Nov 30, 2021 06:36 AM IST
The Lok Sabha passed the Farm Laws Repeal Bill 2021 without discussion as soon as the lower House opened for proceedings on the first day of the ongoing winter session of Parliament on Monday
Updated on Nov 29, 2021 01:09 PM IST
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of 40 farm unions, said it was suspending, till December 4, its plans to hold a demonstration in the national capital to coincide with the winter session of Parliament.
Updated on Nov 28, 2021 12:15 AM IST
During a nationally televised address on November 19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said his government would withdraw the three laws, following year-long protests by farmers who say the legislation would have jeopardised their livelihoods.
Published on Nov 27, 2021 07:33 PM IST
Under Article 245, Parliament is vested with powers to both pass and annul laws. If Parliament is in recess, the government can repeal or enact laws by bringing an ordinance, which needs to be ratified by the House later
Updated on Nov 25, 2021 12:15 AM IST
Zia Haq, New delhi
The Cabinet’s nod will allow the government to table the “repeal bill” in Parliament to revoke three separate laws enacted by the government in Sept 2020 to liberalise trade in farm produce.
Updated on Nov 24, 2021 08:40 AM IST
Domestic workers are believed to be at least 4 million strong, according to a 2017 International Labour Organization study, but there is little official information on their actual number; and little is known about their work conditions and average pay.
Updated on Nov 23, 2021 01:01 AM IST