Ujjwala 1.0 to Ujjwala 2.0: How India fared in turning its PMUY dream of creating smoke-less villages into reality
In the Union Budget for FY 21-22, provision for an additional one crore LPG connection under the PMUY scheme was announced
PM to launch Ujjwala 2.0 at Uttar Pradesh's Mahoba today, families left out in first phase to benefit
In the first phase of the scheme, 1,47,43,862 LPG connections were made available to the poor families of the state, according to a government spokesperson
Allahabad HC grants bail to man held under Uttar Pradesh's anti-conversion ordinance
Despite having a relationship with the accused for four years, the victim appears to have become aware of her rights suddenly after the promulgation of the ordinance, the judge said
Coronavirus outbreak: In UP's Mahoba, migrant labourers' families say nights sleepless, pockets empty and future uncertain
The Indian Railways has operated more than 1,600 Shramik Special trains to carry over 21.5 lakh migrant workers home since the nationwide coronavirus lockdown. Yet, this endeavour seems like a drop in the ocean when compared to the scale of the crisis
Ten killed, 8.5 lakh affected in Assam floods; heavy monsoon triggers landslides in Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh
Heavy monsoon showers triggered landslides and house collapse in parts of the North East, claiming at least 10 lives and leaving over 8.5 lakh in Assam.
UP's Kabrai battles year-long dry period due to illegal sand mining; parched residents turn on each other for water
The real culprit is illegal sand mining, which this area of the Bundelkhand region is infamous for.
The village that won't vote: In Uttar Pradesh's Gudha, people are protesting against the 'disappearance' of a bank
A shift in the bank's location is what seems to have transpired, but it is a development that has been outside the ambit of the Gudha residents’ awareness
Four lakh fish die overnight in Uttar Pradesh's Mudari village; hapless villagers suspect poisoning
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 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.
Cash prizes for girl children: Scams perpetuated in the name of the Pradhan Mantri Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme
The WCD Ministry recently put up a notification on its website warning people of such scams being perpetuated in the name of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao. Reiterating the fact that the BBBP is not a direct benefit transfer scheme and has no such component of granting individual cash incentives, the notification makes it clear that any such fake forms received in the future would be “disposed of summarily”.
In Bundelkhand, the onset of the rains is marked by nostalgia for sawan celebrations of the past
After a long summer marked by the dry, scorching heat and a relentless sun, the onset of the rains is a harbinger of good things to come, especially for the parched Bundeli landscape and its people
An on-ground examination of the much-touted gaon baithaks in Mahoba district, Uttar Pradesh
In what seems to be an attempt at inclusive governance, the UP government has ordered for regular open baithaks to be conducted in villages and towns across the state.
UP govt's anti-land mafia task force becomes yet another tool for organised oppression of helpless poor in Mahoba
This task force has become yet another tool for unleashing effective forcefulness onto swathes of the helpless poor, while the so-called land mafia comfortably go on with their lives. The latest victims of this organised oppression are the local street vendors of Mahoba, who woke up one morning to find their shops and stalls uprooted and their wares confiscated on account of their shops being illegal encroachments.
Buzzing in the Hinterland: The Demand for Separate Statehood for Bundelkhand
The demand for separate statehood for Bundelkhand is popular enough to find itself appear amongst campaign promises come election time, with neta after neta pledging it to the people.
Rural finance: Network failure a recurring phenomenon at some bank branches in Bundelkhand
Following network failure, access to wages, pensions, subsidies, and all other bank transactions are hampered, leaving in its wake a disgruntled population.
Mahoba, UP, floats in water 'dark zone'
Dark zones are areas demarcated by the government where the over-exploitation of groundwater is acute, and where the withdrawal and usage of water exceeds its recharge. Dark zones have sprouted across the country, with Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu attempting to grapple with the crisis. However, in Mahoba, the residents allege that the administration has taken no steps to tackle the issue of water shortage in the region.
Rural finance: Death by ponzi scams; the ripping off of the unemployed youth
Ponzi schemes thrive on the failed dreams and ambitions of an entire generation of young men.
Mahoba, Bundelkhand: Irregularities in income and unstructured labour market births innovative money-making schemes
There are scenes you see on a regular midsummer day in Bundelkhand that turn the most common business ideas into those tinged with pathos and absurdity. Like the picture of a market square where a weighing scale balances a fluffy head of hair against a half kg. weight. Hair that has been painstakingly collected by women as they comb their tresses each day, and then handed over to Sunil of Supa village, who comes a-calling to their village on his cycle. He barters the hair for small necessary goods – utensils, stationary and snacks for the kids. He’s been doing this for six years now, and it’s as comfortable a livelihood as any in factory-less, drought-prone Mahoba.
Mahakaushal Express train derailment: MPs voice concern over rail safety
On a day a train derailed in Uttar Pradesh, members in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday voiced concern over the safety of the railways and raised questions over upgradation of its infrastructure.
UP phase four polls: In parched Bundelkhand, seven of 19 seats saw close race in 2012
All the 19 seats of the Bundelkhand region, which is arguably the most underdeveloped part of Uttar Pradesh, go to polls on Thursday