ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Karnataka : Incidence of Agricultural Power Subsidies

Who benefits from the large electricity subsidy provided to farmers in Karnataka? This note looks at the distribution of the annual subsidy, finding it to be quite inequitable. By far the largest beneficiaries are medium and large farmers and the great majority of the rural population receive no benefits at all.

Karnataka: Kudremukh: Of Mining and Environment

With the recent Supreme Court verdict on Kudremukh Iron Ore Company, the associated discussions on mining by KIOCL are coming to a close. However, the environmental movement it spawned has several other issues to address, and importantly, the task of creating space for a larger debate from within.

Interfaces in Local Governance in Karnataka

Contrary to popular belief, there has not been a unilinear displacement of customary panchayats by the formal structures of local governance such as gram panchayats. Rather there is evidence to suggest that customary institutions both influence and adapt to the existence of formal structures. The interface between customary panchayats and gram sabhas and its implications for participatory governance. A study in Mysore and Dharwad districts of Karnataka.

Research and Development in Small Industry in Karnataka

This paper primarily probes the nature and dimensions of R and D activities carried out in small-scale industries in Karnataka. Quite a number of small firms are informally engaged in R and D in the region. External factors like competitive pressure, technological change and customer needs have driven most of these firms to undertake R and D to achieve quality improvement, cost efficiency and competitiveness. Thus 'incremental innovations' are the primary feature of R and D in small firms and they spend hardly 1 per cent of their turnover for R and D.

Karnataka: Strengthening Gram Panchayat

Last month the Karnataka assembly passed a bill introducing farreaching amendments to the Karnataka Panchayat Raj Act. These amendments will enable the gram sabha to exercise greater control over the gram panchayat and the developmental work in the area.

Panchayats in Karnataka

The report of the working group on decentralisation appointed by the Karnataka government and the bill to amend the existing panchayat law in the state which has been circulated by the government go against the basic objective of the 73rd Amendment of ensuring 'maximum democracy and maximum devolution'.

Larger Homestead Plots as Land Reform?

Land reform legislation in India, designed to redress issues of poverty and landlessness, has in most cases, suffered from design flaws and a failure of implementation. Land reform efforts are also stymied due to a lack of political will, scarcity of land and resources. Research summarised in this article seeks to offer an innovative and alternative solution, one that involves the provision of amply-sized homestead plots. As experiments in other countries, replicated in certain districts of Karnataka have borne out, such homestead and garden plots hold out the prospect of substantial benefits to poor, rural households, offering them much more than a place to build a house.

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