Drought in Rajasthan: From unemployment to school dropouts, Barmer sees exodus for works as crops fail
Barmer is reeling under what is claimed to be the severest drought of the decade as rains have evaded the district for the fifth consecutive year.
Drought in Rajasthan: Migrants live on fringes as exodus to southern, eastern regions leaves behind elderly
The Rajasthan government has fixed the minimum wage at Rs 213 per day, but migrant labourers are often exploited and paid less than half the minimum wage.
Drought in Rajasthan: Barmer farmers unimpressed by tall claims of Centre’s crop insurance scheme as rains play truant
The district of Barmer, on the India-Pakistan border in Rajasthan, has been drought-hit almost continuously for the past ten years.
Drought in Rajasthan: Poor groundwater situation, erratic rains in Barmer indicate ecological distress across Thar desert
With agriculture and cattle rearing being the only means of livelihood for locals of Thar desert, persistent drought has forced residents to migrate to other regions within the state while many others continue to cope with cascading effects of drought.