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Adharwadi jail in Kalyan.(HT photo)

Women prisoners in Thane and Kalyan jail battle depression as they cannot meet kin

By Anamika Gharat, Thane
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2020 09:42 AM IST
As per the record, Adharwadi Jail in Kalyan has 120 women prisoners while Thane Central Jail has 80
Union minister Prakash Javadekar addressing a press conference at National Media Centre in New Delhi on Thursday.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Union minister Prakash Javadekar addressing a press conference at National Media Centre in New Delhi on Thursday.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)

Centre makes packaging of food grains, sugar in jute bags mandatory

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 01:26 AM IST
The government has expanded the scope of mandatory packaging norms under the Jute Packaging Material (JPM) Act, 1987.
Earlier, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had informed PM Modi that he intended to hold the programme on the eve of his birthday.(PTI)
Earlier, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had informed PM Modi that he intended to hold the programme on the eve of his birthday.(PTI)

Madhya Pradesh to celebrate ‘Anna utsav’ on eve of PM Modi’s birthday

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2020 04:25 PM IST
Under the scheme, the beneficiaries will get rice, wheat and salt at Re 1 per kg. Every beneficiary will get 5 kg of food grains per month, according to the food and civil supplies department.
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Workers at a construction site in Seoni, MP, on May 19.
Workers at a construction site in Seoni, MP, on May 19.

Centre’s rural spending doubles amid Covid-19 pandemic

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2020 05:54 AM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 30 announced the extension of the provision of free rations to 800 million people until November.
The economy grew 3.1% in the March quarter, an 11-year-low, pulling down full-year economic growth to 4.2% in the year ended March 31, compared with 6.1% in the previous fiscal.(HT Photo)
The economy grew 3.1% in the March quarter, an 11-year-low, pulling down full-year economic growth to 4.2% in the year ended March 31, compared with 6.1% in the previous fiscal.(HT Photo)

Modi government doubles down on farm liberalisation

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2020 06:33 AM IST
Cabinet approves ordinances to dismantle all barriers in farm trade and guarantee assured prices for farmers. Essential Commodities Act to be read down.
The cabinet also approved additional funding of up to Rs 3 lakh crore at a concessional rate of 9.25 per cent through the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) for the MSME sector hit hard by the coronavirus crisis. (HT photo)
The cabinet also approved additional funding of up to Rs 3 lakh crore at a concessional rate of 9.25 per cent through the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) for the MSME sector hit hard by the coronavirus crisis. (HT photo)

Atmanirbhar Bharat package for food grains to migrants gets cabinet nod

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2020 05:19 PM IST
According to an official statement released after the cabinet meeting, ex-post facto approval was given for allocation of foodgrains from the central pool to approximately eight crore migrants at 5 kg per person per month for May and June free of cost.
Migrant workers at Mulund, Mumbai, April 28, 2020(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Migrant workers at Mulund, Mumbai, April 28, 2020(Satish Bate/HT Photo)

One nation, one ration card: It will give a cushion to migrant workers

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON APR 29, 2020 06:00 PM IST
Some feel that the government must expand the well-stocked PDS system to cover all individuals, irrespective of whether they have a ration card or not, for at least six months. While this must be done, the government must also fast-track the ONORC scheme
Migrant workers carrying their luggage walk towards their villages in Guwahati on Tuesday.(PTI)
Migrant workers carrying their luggage walk towards their villages in Guwahati on Tuesday.(PTI)

Consider enacting 1 nation, 1 ration card: SC to Centre

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2020 01:12 AM IST
A three-judge bench headed by justice NV Ramana passed the order in a plea by a petitioner who highlighted the plight of migrant labourers because they did not have local identity proof.
A spot check by HT on Monday to congested slum areas like Tadiwala road, Patil Estate, Lakshminagar and Lumbininagar revealed that social distancing is not a realistic expectation here.(Shankar Narayan/HT PHOTO)
A spot check by HT on Monday to congested slum areas like Tadiwala road, Patil Estate, Lakshminagar and Lumbininagar revealed that social distancing is not a realistic expectation here.(Shankar Narayan/HT PHOTO)

Social distancing is a luxurious myth in Pune slums

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Shalaka Shinde
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2020 04:45 PM IST
The special police officers (SPOs) appointed by the Pune police are providing support to people living in slums
**EDS: (TO GO WITH STORY DCM25)** Nagpur: Undated photo of Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel. Baghel has invited investors to seize business opportunities in the state and said his government is aiming to turn it into an investment hub. (PTI Photo)(PTI12_22_2019_000154B)(PTI)
**EDS: (TO GO WITH STORY DCM25)** Nagpur: Undated photo of Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel. Baghel has invited investors to seize business opportunities in the state and said his government is aiming to turn it into an investment hub. (PTI Photo)(PTI12_22_2019_000154B)(PTI)

Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel looks to distribute food grains as part of MNREGA wages

Hindustan Times, Raipur | By Ritesh Mishra
UPDATED ON APR 23, 2020 07:26 PM IST
The casual labourers are one of the hardest-hit sections of the society because of the ongoing nationwide lockdown restrictions, which were initially enforced on March 25 for 21 days and then further extended for another 19 days till May 3, to contain the spread of Covid-19 outbreak.
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath made a token transfer of Rs 1000 through direct benefit transfer (DBT) to bank account of each of the worker.(HT Photo)
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath made a token transfer of Rs 1000 through direct benefit transfer (DBT) to bank account of each of the worker.(HT Photo)

UP chief minister transfers Rs 1,000 each to over 4 lakh daily wagers

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By HT Correspondent, Lucknow
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2020 10:20 AM IST
The Uttar Pradesh government on Friday transferred an amount of Rs 48.17 crore as the maintenance allowance for 4,81,755 street vendors, rickshaw pullers, auto drivers, e-rickshaw drivers, porters and other daily wage labourers.
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Day after ‘threat’ from Cong MLA, arhtiya body chief removed

Hindustan Times, Tarn Taran | By Anil Sharma
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2019 12:35 AM IST
An improved MGNREGA can serve as the vehicle for delivering a rural stimulus(Hindustan Times)
An improved MGNREGA can serve as the vehicle for delivering a rural stimulus(Hindustan Times)

MGNREGA can revive Rural India | Opinion

By Yamini Aiyar
UPDATED ON OCT 15, 2019 08:17 PM IST
The scheme needs a higher budget. Finance it by rationalising the regressive subsidy regime
The midday meal scheme was launched in government schools to increase enrolment and retention, among kids from poor families.(HT FILE)
The midday meal scheme was launched in government schools to increase enrolment and retention, among kids from poor families.(HT FILE)

Ludhiana teachers pool money to feed govt school kids under midday meal scheme

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By HT Correspondent, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2019 10:45 PM IST
Ludhiana teachers pool money to feed govt school kids
Villagers of Ulirajabasa, Bada Bankua, Onkolkuti in Kuntpani Block and Sonua’s Podahat also alleged they were yet to get ration for a few months during past years. Image used for representational purpose only.(Photo: Himanshu Vyas/ Hindustan Times)
Villagers of Ulirajabasa, Bada Bankua, Onkolkuti in Kuntpani Block and Sonua’s Podahat also alleged they were yet to get ration for a few months during past years. Image used for representational purpose only.(Photo: Himanshu Vyas/ Hindustan Times)

Villagers lay siege to West Singhbhum DC office, allege denial of PDS ration

Hindustan Times, Jamshedpur | By Debashish Sarkar
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2019 08:23 AM IST
Kelaram Majhi from the neighbouring village of Kupui said, “We have also not received grains for those months. Eighty-one cardholders of the village have decided they will not take any PDS ration till they get their pending foodgrain.”
A sharp drop in Parle’s biscuit sales means the company may have to slash production, which may result in layoffs of 8,000-10,000 people, Mayank Shah, category head at Parle, said. (Pradeep Gaur/ Mint File Photo )
A sharp drop in Parle’s biscuit sales means the company may have to slash production, which may result in layoffs of 8,000-10,000 people, Mayank Shah, category head at Parle, said. (Pradeep Gaur/ Mint File Photo )

Why rural India can’t afford to buy biscuits

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Roshan Kishore
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2019 03:01 PM IST
Unfortunately, there is no high frequency income or consumption data for the Indian economy. What we do have is monthly data for rural wages, which is available until June 2019.
The flooded flower market in Kalyan, India, on Monday. August 5 .2019(Rishikesh Choudhary / HT Photo)
The flooded flower market in Kalyan, India, on Monday. August 5 .2019(Rishikesh Choudhary / HT Photo)

Kalyan taluka doles out Rs15k, foodgrains for flood-affected

Hindustan Times, Kalyan | By Sajana Nambiar, Kalyan
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2019 03:20 PM IST
Soon after the flooding, the Kalyan tehsildar initiated a survey of the affected houses across the city and rural parts of Kalyan and Dombivli.
Since the state has fewer beneficiaries, the stock released by the Centre is not fully utilised.(HT Photo)
Since the state has fewer beneficiaries, the stock released by the Centre is not fully utilised.(HT Photo)

8% grain stock unused after linking ration card with Aadhaar in Maharashtra

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Surendra P Gangan
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2019 04:34 AM IST
Release of food grains after verification through e-point of selling machines (e-POS) has also helped prevent wrongful sales.
Women harvesting wheat crop at a village near in Amritsar(HT File Photo)
Women harvesting wheat crop at a village near in Amritsar(HT File Photo)

Concerns over storage space in Punjab after good wheat harvest

Chandigarh | By Gurpreet Singh Nibber
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2019 11:47 PM IST
Over this, another 1.2 million tonnes of wheat is stored in the open. The total open storage space can accommodate 7.5 million tonnes.
A farmer who wants to practice subsistence farming is less vulnerable to loss from sudden crash in prices than the one who actually wants to exploit the commercial route to success(Sameer Sehgal/Hindustan Times)
A farmer who wants to practice subsistence farming is less vulnerable to loss from sudden crash in prices than the one who actually wants to exploit the commercial route to success(Sameer Sehgal/Hindustan Times)

Viability, not production growth, is the biggest crisis facing farmers

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2018 05:27 PM IST
Price crashes lead to a decline in cultivation of a crop in the next season, this leads to a spike in prices leading to increase in cultivation in the next season. It could be a good idea to educate farmers about rationalising their expectations and hence future cultivation decisions in periods of scarcity.
Sugar mills, which are supposed to pay farmers, blame the non-payment on unsold sugar stocks and fall in sugar prices(HT Photo)
Sugar mills, which are supposed to pay farmers, blame the non-payment on unsold sugar stocks and fall in sugar prices(HT Photo)

Don’t blame farmers for being unreasonable

Hindustan Times | By Roshan Kishore
PUBLISHED ON SEP 14, 2018 01:24 PM IST
The problem in these sectors is rooted in a prolonged mismatch in demand and supply. If sugar mills and dairies start going bankrupt because they cannot sell sugar and milk powder, even successful institutions and mechanisms such as cooperatives for dairies and fair and remunerative prices for sugarcane are bound to lose their relevance
Activists and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have criticised the state’s decision to replace distribution of food grains to the underprivileged through public distribution system (PDS) with direct benefit transfer (DBT) of subsidy (in cash) into their accounts.(REUTERS)
Activists and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have criticised the state’s decision to replace distribution of food grains to the underprivileged through public distribution system (PDS) with direct benefit transfer (DBT) of subsidy (in cash) into their accounts.(REUTERS)

Activists slam move to transfer money instead of grains to poor

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2018 07:06 AM IST
Dilip Shinde, controller of rationing and director of civil supplies, said the scheme has been launched on a trial-basis for 200 families from Mahalakshmi and Azad Maidan.
Students of Jai Hind pack essentials for distribution at a relief campo in Kerala(HT Photo)
Students of Jai Hind pack essentials for distribution at a relief campo in Kerala(HT Photo)

MU, colleges join hands to help flood-ravaged Kerala

Hindustan Times | By Shreya Bhandary, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON AUG 27, 2018 12:02 AM IST
While the university is encouraging colleges to initiate drive to raise funds, several colleges have already sent clothes, food grains and sanitary products to Kerala
Officials said that they came across 69 Aadhaar cards which were allegedly used to withdraw ration via 16,598 ration cards in Ghaziabad.(Pradeep Gaur/Mint)
Officials said that they came across 69 Aadhaar cards which were allegedly used to withdraw ration via 16,598 ration cards in Ghaziabad.(Pradeep Gaur/Mint)

Fake Aadhaar cards used multiple times to withdraw ration

Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON AUG 26, 2018 04:42 AM IST
Officials said that they came across 69 Aadhaar cards which were allegedly used to withdraw ration via 16,598 ration cards in Ghaziabad.
Yogi issued the instructions in a meeting at Circuit House where he reviewed development projects, law and order in the region.(HT)
Yogi issued the instructions in a meeting at Circuit House where he reviewed development projects, law and order in the region.(HT)

Identify, sack tainted cops, lekhpals: Yogi

Hindustan Times, Varanasi | By HT Correspondent, Varanasi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 21, 2018 01:14 PM IST
Expressing his displeasure at the complaints of alleged extortion by some police personnel and lekhpals, chief minister Yogi Adityanath instructed senior officials to identify such tainted employees and sack them
Punjab food and civil supplies minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu .(HT File)
Punjab food and civil supplies minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu .(HT File)

No farmer will be left to suffer: Punjab minister

Press Trust of India, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2018 09:53 PM IST
In the wake of untimely rains in several parts of the northern region, the minister said the state government stood firmly by the side of the farmers.
An official spokesperson said the decision had been taken to prevent any attempt by transporters to indulge in cartelisation in the ongoing Rabi season.(HT File)
An official spokesperson said the decision had been taken to prevent any attempt by transporters to indulge in cartelisation in the ongoing Rabi season.(HT File)

Punjab gives nod to use of tractor-trolleys for lifting foodgrains

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2018 01:01 PM IST
The department of transport is all set to notify the guidelines and procedure for grant of permit/license to tractor-trolleys and their registration
There are around 200 farmers in Pune district who follow natural farming methods and have produced quite an yield in the last five years.(Getty Images)
There are around 200 farmers in Pune district who follow natural farming methods and have produced quite an yield in the last five years.(Getty Images)

Pune farmers to showcase organic produce at 2nd grains festival

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Prachi Bari
UPDATED ON APR 08, 2018 05:16 PM IST
Vasundhara Swachata Abhiyan will be holding a three-day zero budget natural farming (ZBNF) grains festival at Baner, beginning from April 13 to 15 at Tukaram Gad on Baner road.
The missing paddy was sent to owner Verru Mal’s mill in the kharif season of 2017, but on checking it was found missing.(HT File Photo)
The missing paddy was sent to owner Verru Mal’s mill in the kharif season of 2017, but on checking it was found missing.(HT File Photo)

12 officials under scanner as Rs 40-crore paddy goes missing

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Gurpreet Singh Nibber & Surjit Singh
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2018 11:36 AM IST
Scam came to light when Amritsar rice mill owner was found missing with 400 truckloads of crop.
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