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Engaging Rural Youth Gainfully

India has a high proportion of youth in its population, especially that of rural youth. Harnessing their potential to contribute to the country’s growth would require rural-centric policies that combine the development of appropriate technologies and innovations, skilling of youth, and the creation of an ecosystem for the establishment of own enterprises.

Trends and Patterns of Household Indebtedness

Based on the data from the All-India Debt and Investment Surveys, a re-emergence of non-institutional credit agencies in the incidence of household indebtedness is found since the 1990s, especially in the rural areas, reflecting the inadequate social commitments of the institutional agencies due to their contemporary organisational deficiencies. The data, however, do not seem to capture the extent of urban distress in totality. Yet, given the general dearth of evidence on the status of household indebtedness over time, institutions like the Reserve Bank of India and the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development should revisit this information to resurrect their roles in strengthening credit delivery to the general population.

Model Agricultural Land Leasing Act, 2016: Some Observations

The Expert Committee on Land Leading chaired by T Haque has among other things, prepared a Model Agricultural Land Leasing Act. An analysis of the model act reveals that the act favours the lessee over the landowner, and risks of aiding in the diversion of land hitherto used for field crops to being used for allied agricultural activities, which may not be the best use of land in the long run.
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