Migrant workers who returned to UP's Banda to vote complain of intimidation by officials, long journey home
Bundelkhand witnesses the highest rates of migration in the country, with at least 50 to 70 percent of rural households having at least one annual or permanent migrant.
It’s ironic, when you look out at the sea of women of all ages, especially wizened old ones, at a recent nomination event in Banda, Uttar Pradesh, how few women are on the other side of the stage or ballot box.
Palra, with a sizeable Dalit population, has found its requests and complaints around the hand pump issue completely neglected.
KL travelled across Uttar Pradesh, the state that sends the most MPs to Parliament, to ask voters if they knew about the ‘NOTA’ option on the Electronic Voting Machine — an opportunity to select “None Of The Above” if the candidates were not up to scratch.
Fish production is a growing business, one that has consistently received the Centre’s support. But in rural Uttar Pradesh, poisoning is one of the most common problems fish farmers face
In Uttar Pradesh's Chitrakoot, govt's strong push for religious tourism fails to address travellers’ concerns
In March this year, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adiyanath decided to allocate upwards of Rs. 720 crores towards strengthening the infrastructure for tourism in places of note as per the Hindu faith.
Chitrakoot cow deaths: As shelter grapples with inadequate resources, what gau raksha means on the ground
In the district of Chitrakoot, in Bundelkhand’s UP, where in the cow shelter located in Chureh Kesruwa village, more than 100 cows have died in the last few months.
In Uttar Pradesh's Lalitpur, ill-equipped anganwadi centres struggle to stymie malnourishment among children
Many problems plague the the workforce of anganwadi centres in Lalitpur, including the lack of training, irregular payments, lack of job standardisation, poor compensation
In UP's Mahoba district, amid govt's family planning initiatives, male sterilisation seems like a faraway goal
45 districts from Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in the country, make the cut for Mission Parivar Vikas.
TB-free India a distant reality for rural UP population struggling with recurrent TB and expensive private healthcare
Under the Revised National TB Control Program (RNTCP), a patient is given an identification card that tracks their site of infection, severity and treatment course, ‘notifying’, or adding them onto a national database. In 2018, over 4.2 lakh patients were notified in Uttar Pradesh, the highest in the country. Between 1 January and 15 March of this year alone, over 68,000 people have been notified in the state.
On 10 March, the 2019 Lok Sabha election schedule was announced, thus bringing into force the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). 10 March was also the day that a BJP party member was seen distributing NaMo merchandise in Ward 66 of the Prime Minister’s own constituency Varanasi.
In 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a Rs 16,320 crore-electricity-for-all scheme called the PM Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana or Saubhagya. The aim was to electrify all households, both rural and urban, in the country by December 2018 – a goal claimed to have been met.
Uttar Pradesh’s missing voters: Agricultural labourers move due to low incomes; Muslims, SC/STs in search of jobs
According to the latest Ministry of External Affairs data, Uttar Pradesh is the top origin state for migrant labourers in the Gulf.
How is PM Shram Yogi Mandhan Pension scheme any different from existing pension schemes, asks rural UP
With unorganised sector workers already eligible for the National Pension Scheme, and the APY, it seems unclear why PM-SYM has been launched, especially if it isn’t going to be bringing anything new, in terms of expanded coverage or increased amount, to the table. And if this is nothing more than an attempt at vote-bank politics, then rural Mau, at least, can see through it.
“I used to help clean houses and maintain lawns, anything to earn a little bit of money and feed myself,” Gudiya relates. And finding acceptance in mainstream society has never been easy, “My Muslim community think of Hijras as untouchables,” she remarks, “They can’t feed us one roti but they can beat the living daylights out of us.”
Approximately 75,000 students have committed suicide in India between 2007 and 2016. According to the last official annual report of Accidental Deaths and Suicides by the National Crime Records Bureau released in 2015, one student commits suicide every hour in the country.
With apathetic government figureheads and worsening natural conditions, it isn't hard to see why people like Dhanshyam believe, “There is no remedy.”
While Banda is covered with friendly, informative and encouraging wall art about the Swacch Bharat Mission and even the survey, this has little correlation to the level of popular awareness.
A house in Thana Bisanda in Banda caught on fire on 31 January, 2019, and resulted in the deaths of at least five people. The house, rented from Deshraj Patel in Bisanda, was being used as space for the manufacturing of firecrackers.
“What can a farmer achieve with Rs 6,000 a year?”: Rural UP reacts to Centre's income support scheme
“Sure, the scheme has been announced. But how will it actually benefit the poor if the money is eaten up by corrupt officers in the system, the way it generally happens?” a farmer from Banda questions.