The new Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime has started taxing tendu leaves, with a centralised tax imposed on it for the first time. Tendu leaves are used for beedi making, and is a Minor Forest Produce (MFP). For the tribals in central India, it is a financial lifeline. Now the...
The Jharkhand government will deliver foodgrains at the doorsteps to the Particluarly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PTG) families, as it found many were not getting the food entitlement because of the distance they had to travel, and lack of awareness. The government has launched “PTG Dakia Yojana” that will benefit nearly...
The World Bank has approved a $375 million loan for development of navigation in the River Ganga. The loan is to be used, under the Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP), for enabling commercial navigation of vessels with capacity of 1500-2000 DWT from Haldia to Varanasi stretch of the river. The...

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