Rural Development

  • West Bengal number one in expenditure under 100-day scheme: Mamata 24-04-2014 05:52 PM

    Kolkata: Quoting the Union Rural Development Ministry, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said that West Bengal had emerged number one in terms of expenditure on employment generation under the 100-days work scheme. "West Bengal is now number one state in the country in terms of expenditure on employment generation...
  • BJP has become a one-man-centric party: Jairam Ramesh 05-04-2014 12:15 AM

    Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Friday accused the BJP of becoming a one-man-centric party and claimed that the Congress alone could do justice to all sections of society. Ramesh also noted while addressing a poll meeting that the BJP was yet to announce its manifesto, which is a...
  • Sir Ratan Tata Trust inks 10-year pact with Uttarakhand government 07-03-2014 11:21 PM

    Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT) hasinked a 10-year pact with the Uttarakhand government tocommence the second phase of Himmotthan project, which aims toempower the residents of the state. In 2004, SRTT had signed a 10-year agreement with theUttarakhand government for the first phase of the project.Citing the example of Himachal...
  • Rajasthan gets Rs 796 crore from Centre for new roads 25-02-2014 11:27 PM

    Union Rural Development Ministry has sanctioned a grant of Rs 796 cr under PMGSY to build 864 new roads in 16 districts in Rajasthan. The state government would build 864 roads covering 2,617 km, an official release said in Jaipur on Tuesday. Altogether 874 villages and Dhani (hutment) having population...
  • Vasundhara Raje stresses on improvement of schemes 04-01-2014 07:08 PM

    Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Saturday directed officials to prepare a roadmap for an integral development of villages of the state. Chairing a meeting of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj department, she asked officials to work on a five-point special action plan to improve road networks, water drainage and...
  • State government decides to regulate sand prices 03-01-2014 06:52 PM

    In an effort to curb the hoarding of sand and contain its escalating market rates, Chhattisgarh Government has decided to ensure its supply at a "fair price" to people and construction sites in the State. "Complying with the order of Chief Minister Raman Singh, the state administration is all set...
  • IDFC's jaundiced Rural Development Report

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    Last week (26 November), IDFC released its rural development report. Planning Commission Member Mihir Shah, who chaired the report's advisory council lauded Rural Development Minister...

  • New Land Acquisition Act not anti-industry: Jairam Ramesh 29-09-2013 06:12 PM

    Mumbai:Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh on Sunday allayed fears of Indian industry and said the new Land Acquisition Act would make projects economically viable. Terming the new act "historic", Ramesh said it was "humane, its thrust is on rehabilitation and resettlement and in the national interest, as it...
  • Modi single-handedly responsible for derailing the GST: Jairam Ramesh 18-09-2013 08:45 PM

    Rural development Minister Jairam Ramesh slammed the BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi and blamed him for single-handedly derailing the Goods and Services Tax (GST). "I asked him when I went to Ahmedabad, what he has against the GST. He had no answer to give me, other than maybe the 'not...
  • Arunachal Pradesh: Rural Development Ministry releases Rs 62 crore for implementation of MGNREGA scheme 12-09-2013 02:23 PM

    Union Rural Development Ministry has released Rs 62 crore to Arunachal Pradesh for implementation of the MGNREGA scheme in the state, officials said in Itanagar on Thursday. Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh informed this to state Chief Minister Nabam Tuki during a meeting at New Delhi on Wednesday. Ramesh...
  • SC notice on integrated action plan to counter Maoists 09-09-2013 10:30 PM

    New Delhi:The Supreme Court Monday issued notice to the central and nine state governments on a PIL seeking the effective implementation of the integrated action plan to tackle the Maoist menace. A bench of Chief Justice P.Sathasivam and Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai issued notice on a PIL by Kishore Samrite,...
  • Jairam Ramesh blames 'forcible acquisition' by PSUs for Naxal problem 08-09-2013 07:32 PM

    New Delhi: Coming down heavily on PSUs for displacing tribals, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh on Sunday blamed their actions for growth of Naxalism in many areas and cautioned that the era of "forcible acquisition" was now over. The Union Rural Development Minister said if the new Land Acquisition Act is...
  • Amendments to Registration Act to help land owners 09-08-2013 07:43 PM

    New Delhi: A bill to amend the century old Registration Act, introduced in the Rajya Sabha, will help in implementation of the proposed Land Acquisition legislation and allow land owners to get market value for their land. According to Rural Development Ministry officials, certain proposed amendments in the Registration (Amendment)...
  • UPA woos Nitish as Modi attacks him for breaking alliance with BJP 07-07-2013 11:50 AM

    Patna: In its bid to reach out at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the Union Rural Development Ministry has approved Rs 4,000 crore for the construction of 5,700 km of rural roads, highest allotment for the state in the past 12 years. "I'm happy that today I'll inform Bihar Chief...
  • Govt clears Rural Min's proposal to amend Registration Act 04-06-2013 10:13 PM

    New Delhi: In a move that would benefit land owners, the Union Cabinet on Tuesday cleared the Rural Development Ministry's proposal to amend the century-old Registration Act to ensure greater accuracy in calculating land values. The amendment has been brought to the Registration Act, 1908 to "update and record" the...
  • Punjab govt signs MoU for development of rural students 25-05-2013 01:32 AM

    Muktsar: To ensure all round development of rural students studying in government schools in Punjab, the state government on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NGO International Award for Young People. The MoU was signed by DPI (schools) Kamal Kumar Garg and Bivujit Mukhoty, representative of the NGO,...
  • Road construction saw ten-fold jump under UPA: Report 23-05-2013 01:45 AM

    New Delhi: In a bid to bolster infrastructure growth, investment in road construction in rural areas saw a ten-fold jump under the UPA regime, according to the report card unveiled by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi on the fourth anniversary of UPA-II. The government rolled out...
  • Kerala, Himachal to cooperate in rural development 19-05-2013 05:04 AM

    Kozhikode: Kerala and Himachal Pradesh on Saturday announced they will strengthen implementation of their rural development projects by sharing information about feasible models and best practices. Ministers and senior government officials from the two Congress-ruled states met here to discuss ongoing projects and ways to enhance cooperation. Kerala's Panchayats and...
  • Lalchand Kataria made MoS Rural Development 31-10-2012 08:35 AM

    New Delhi: Newly sworn-in Minister of State for Defence Lalchand Kataria has now been appointed as Minister of State for Rural Development Ministry after much confusion. Kataria, a first-time inductee into the Cabinet, was given his new post after meeting the Prime Minister on Tuesday. His first appointment as MoS...
  • Rumble in the Jungle - Part 3

    Connect |  Jaimon Joseph
    India's heart pines for Africa - Mahatma Gandhi supposedly said that a long time ago. With China pouring in billions into the continent, that ...

  • 'Land Acquisition Bill not passed due to flaws' 01-01-2012 12:14 PM

    New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi may be keen on finalising the Land Acquisition Bill before the UP Assembly polls, but the government failed to get it passed in the winter session due to "several flaws" in the proposed legislation prepared by Rural Development Ministry in a "hurried fashion". A delayed Standing...
  • Govt to develop playgrounds in Naxal-hit areas 05-11-2011 10:20 AM

    New Delhi: Taking Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh's 'rural development programmes can defeat Naxalism' theory to the next level, the ministry has decided to develop village playgrounds in the 'Naxal-hit districts' in the country to 'save the kids from the clutches of the Naxalites'. Jairam had earlier said, 'If the...
  • Jairam's priority: Development in Naxal-hit zones 25-07-2011 07:24 AM

    New Delhi: Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh is now planning to relax norms with just 30 to 50 per cent of development projects underway in Naxal-hit zones, but the question is as to how will government officers access these conflict zones? The Rural Development Ministry under Jairam Ramesh is moving...
  • Jairam's portfolio a punishment or a reward? 12-07-2011 11:18 PM

    New Delhi: Former Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh moved to Rural Development in Tuesday's Cabinet Reshuffle, and Jayanthi Natarajan replaced him as the Environment Minister. While many in the political circle have seen this as a result of Jairam's obstructionist policies, others believe that it is a step up for the...
  • Why rural dev & land issue need activist Ramesh 12-07-2011 06:12 PM

    New Delhi: Is Jairam Ramesh's elevation to the Cabinet rank as Union Minister for Rural Development meant to provide greater teeth to the Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council (NAC)? Is the move also designed to ensure that NAC has a decisive sway over the land acquisition amendment bill, a version...
  • Ramesh people's choice despite reshuffle 12-07-2011 04:45 PM

    New Delhi: Maverick politician Jairam Ramesh may have been shifted to the rural development ministry from environment, where as a minister he has enforced some contentious green laws, but he still remains popular with a large section of the people in an online poll on the Cabinet reshuffle. The 57-year-old,...