The highest earning member in about three-fourths of all rural households in the country made less than Rs 5,000 per month, according to the Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) 2011 released on Friday.
Diesel, which is normally used in automobiles, buses, trucks and even railway engines and is considered "dirty", has been turned into a clean fuel for cooking and lighting in rural areas courtesy a device developed at the Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI), an NGO in Phaltan, Maharashtra.
A plethora of government initiatives to provide primary education to children in Rural India seems to have done no good for them as the quality of education remains extremely low! DNA brings you the ground reality of the level of education these children get.
Tougher times in rural communities spell bad news for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who swept to power last May with a promise of "better days" - new jobs and development to lift hundreds of millions of Indians out of poverty.
After launching schemes to boost financial inclusion and reduce digital divide, the government is all set to begin work on developing rural infrastructure in the country in a bid to spur growth and perk up investments.
Around 10 crore households in rural India do not have toilets for which the government will need to spend Rs 1,50,000 crore to eliminate open defecation by 2022, a top government official said on Tuesday.