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Spreading Rural Distress at the Turn of the Century
Spreading rural distress at the turn of the century

The rural population is mostly dependent on cultivation, livestock rearing agricultural labour, and other types of labour. Some are involved in forestry and fishing. As per the Census 2001, about 82 per cent of total workers in the country are dependent on agricultural and allied activities. Among the rural workers, 40.13 per cent are cultivators and 31.9 per cent are agricultural labour. Thus, about 72 per cent of rural workers are dependent on cultivation and agricultural labour (GOI 2001). Existing evidence from various data sources reveals that there is a tendency towards dwindling livelihood opportunities for rural poor, particularly at the turn of the century. This is an ...

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