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WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY- Facade and Reality of Environment Protection

For the agricultural worker, the recommended 'family' calorie intake is 11,160 K calories per day (see Table 2). The cost of food, etc for this energy requirement is Rs 27.47 per day. Therefore the annual income for this category of households should be Rs 10,026.55. But according to the government, unlike in an urban area, husband and wife are supposed to be employed in the rural area. But this generally is not the case. Increasingly there are more woman- headed families. Even according to the government formula, a man and woman should earn Rs 5,013.27 each per annum to fulfil the ICMR criterion. Further, an agricultural worker should either earn this amount in the 130 days he is gainfully employed or earn the same amount in a job that gives him employment throughout the WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY year. In the 130 days work norm, the daily minimum wage would have to be Rs 38.56 at current prices. At present he does not get even one-fourth of the above amount.

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