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670 million in rural areas live on Rs33 per day
More than 70 million rural households face some form of exclusion, either from assets or socio-economic benefits, according to data released by the Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) survey last week
 
 Seventy-five percent of rural households in India have a monthly income of less than Rs.5,000 ($79), 51 percent of households make a living from manual labour, 28 percent (over 50 million) of households do not have mobile phones or any form of communication.
 
More than 70 million rural households face some form of exclusion, either from assets or socio-economic benefits, according to data released by the Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) survey last week. As many as 833 million Indians, or 69% of the population, live in rural areas.
 
The SECC report comes at a time when global credit rating agencies such as Moody’s have warned that slow growth in rural India may cripple the overall economy. Rating agencies have laid stress on speeding rural reforms. 
 
Rural Poor and Sources of Income
 
More than half of rural households depend on manual labour for livelihood, and 75 percent of the rural population, or 133.5 million families, earn less than Rs.5,000 per month.
 
“A preliminary analysis reveals a grim picture of rural areas with three in four rural households earning less than Rs.5,000 per month and almost 90 percent of households have incomes of less than Rs.10,000 per month,” Himanshu (he uses only one name), an agricultural economist with Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University wrote in Mint, citing the findings of the Arjun Sengupta committee (2007), which identified 77 percent of India’s population as poor.
 
“Overlooked by the media, these numbers are very close to the estimates of poor and vulnerable derived from other estimates based on the consumption surveys of the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO). Rs.5,000 per month per household with an average household size of five would also mean an income of Rs.33 per person per day in the rural areas,” wrote Himanshu.
 
Although it is not meant to be a comparison of poverty estimates, the SECC data reveals that about 670 million Indians in rural areas alone live on Rs.33 per day (75 percent of rural households is around 134,373,569 households; five members per household gives us a total of 671,867,845 people).
 
Poor housing quality
 
A little less than half of the houses in rural India are kuccha (not solid).
 
Having a pucca (permanent) house is an indicator of a higher standard of living. 
 
Poverty and a low standard of living are reflected in asset ownership.  While 71 percent of village households have mobile phones, refrigerators and motor vehicles are not very common in rural households.
 
Education Levels
 
IndiaSpend recently reported how rural India has more illiterate people than the population of Indonesia. With 74 percent of families living on less than Rs.5,000 a month, this will not change immediately, which in turn will keep economic standards depressed.
 
Projects such as Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM), Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) and Swachh Bharat Mission are the major schemes for rural development in India.
 
Rural India continues to be trapped in a vicious circle of poverty.  A clue to the first step to break out of that cycle comes from what is called the graduation model, a global experiment that could become an anti-poverty guide for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
 

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General Motors India to recall 155,000 vehicles

American automobile major General Motors' Indian arm said on Monday it will recall 155,000 units of Chevrolet Spark, Beat and Enjoy to resolve a snag.
 
In a statement, General Motors India said it is voluntarily recalling 155,000 units of Chevrolet Spark, Beat and Enjoy models rolled out between 2007 and 2014 to address a potential safety issue for a remote keyless entry accessory issue.
 
"If there is a potential issue, we ensure that it is corrected as soon as possible as part of our complete commitment to customer satisfaction," its president and managing director Arvind Saxena was quoted as saying in the statement.
 
The company is notifying customers individually about the recall and also how and when to bring in their vehicles for inspection and correction.
 
Alternatively, customers can also contact their nearest Chevrolet dealership and schedule an appointment for vehicle inspection and correction. The affected vehicles will be repaired free of charge, the company said.

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TIHARwale

1 year ago

this is a gimmick. let the company declare how many vehicles were actually serviced by them for this recall drive. if the number exceeded more than 100 then it speaks very poorly about their QC at manufacturing stage

Amit Shah to launch 'Parivartan Raths' in Bihar
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah will launch the party's high tech 'Parivartan Rath' campaign for the upcoming Bihar assembly polls on July 16 here, a party leader said on Monday.
 
Shah will flag off 160 GPS-fitted raths (chariots), to reach out to people in all villages across the state, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's July 25 rally in Muzaffarpur. 
 
The party plans to hold 100,000 meetings in 100 days ahead of the assembly elections.
 
"The party has decided to use 160 high tech 'raths' (chariots) to reach out to people in villages," BJP spokesperson Vinay Narain Jha said on Monday. 
 
The BJP president, known for his poll management and innovative strategy to counter rivals, has named the high tech chariots 'Parivartan Raths' to send out a political message that "people in all 243 Bihar assembly seats want change".
 
"One high tech rath of the party will visit at least five villages in a day to hold public meeting in one day.The BJP will reach out to 800 villages across the state to counter the propaganda by the new combine of JD-U, RJD, Congress and NCP," Jha said.
 
"BJP's focus is clear to mobilise people for a change in Bihar and to free them from 'jungle raj' of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who joined hands with RJD chief Lalu Prasad," he added.
 
Leader of opposition in the Bihar assembly and senior BJP leader Nand Kishore Yadav said that people have been fed with Nitish Kumar's bad governance and deteriorating law and order.
 
"BJP's raths would expose the failures of the Nitish Kumar's government," he said.
 
Yadav said that the high tech raths will also carry a video film in Hindi that would depict misrule and bad governance of the infamous 15 years of Lalu-Rabri rule in Bihar.
 
"Besides, the BJP will inform people with the help of film about total failure of Nitish Kumar government after he ended alliance with us," he said. 
 
According to party leaders, BJP is the only party that has already reached to all 62,000 polling booths in the state.
 
"The BJP has 21 workers at each polling booth.They are fully ready to take on the alliance of Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad," they said

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