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NCERT Solution for Class 6 Civics Chapter 8 - Rural Livelihoods

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All our solutions for Chapter 8 - Rural Livelihoods are prepared considering the latest CBSE syllabus, and they are amended from time to time. Our free NCERT Textbook Solutions for CBSE Class 6 Civics will strengthen your fundamentals in this chapter and can help you to score more marks in the examination. Refer to our Textbook Solutions any time, while doing your homework or while preparing for the exam.

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NCERT Solution for Class 6 Civics Chapter 8 - Rural Livelihoods Page/Excercise 75

Question 1

You have probably noticed that people in Kalpattu are engaged in a variety of non-farm work. List five of these. 

Solution 1

The people of Kalpattu are engaged in a variety of non-farm work. These are

 Making baskets, utensils, pots, bricks, bullock carts etc.

 Selling tea, snacks, tiffin and grocery

 Washing clothes

 Cycle hiring and repairing

 Working as construction workers and lorry drivers

Question 2

List the different types of people you read about in Kalpattu who depend on farming. Who is the poorest among them and why? 

Solution 2

The different types of people who depend on farming are

 Large farmers

 Small farmers

 Farm labourers

The large farmers are well to do. They cultivate most of the land in the village and sell most of their produce in the market. Many of them have other businesses such as shops, money lending, trading, small factories etc. Hence, they have additional sources of income apart from farming.

The land of small farmers is only enough to meet their ends. Therefore, they sometimes have to work for the big farmers. However, their condition is still better as compared to farm labourers who are landless.

Farm labourers entirely depend upon the work they do on other people's farms, and go without any work for most part of the year.

Hence, among the different categories, farm labourers like Thulasi are the poorest. 

Question 3

Imagine that you are a member of a fishing family and are discussing whether to take a loan from the bank for an engine. What would you say? 

Solution 3

Taking a loan from the bank can be beneficial. The bank has a fixed interest rate that needs to be given from time to time along with the principal amount. Also, the bank would not ask for its share in the fish caught by you and force you to sell your fish to the traders of its choice.

However, if the loan is taken, it would put an additional burden on the family.

Also, people whose livelihoods depend on fishing typically cannot go fishing for four months during the monsoon season, which is the month when fish breed. These months are extremely difficult for fishing families as most of them have to survive on the money borrowed. Thus, one has to ensure that the catch is maximum and sold at the best prices so that the loan can be paid off as soon as possible. 

Question 4

Poor rural labourers like Thulasi often do not have access to good medical facilities, good schools and other resources. You have read about inequality in the first unit of this text. The difference between her and Ramalingam is one of inequality. Do you think this is a fair situation? What do you think can be done? Discuss in class. 

Solution 4

It is difficult to term a situation as fair or not because there could be several reasons for a person to be in a good position and for another person to be in an unequal position. It is the government's responsibility to accomplish equality and justice for all the citizens of the country, in urban or rural areas, and it is their duty to check that inequality is not being addressed. Ways in which the problem of inequality can be solved are

 To ensure that the lower class people are not exploited.

 A minimum wage policy is followed for all the labourers.

 Bank loans in place of loans from moneylenders

 To set up a scheme so that the labourers have work all round the year

 Electricity at cheaper rates

 Safe drinking water

 Supply of seeds, fertilisers and pesticides at reasonable prices

Question 5

What do you think the government can do to help farmers like Sekar when they get into debt? Discuss. 

Solution 5

When small farmers like Sekar get into debt, the government can do the following:

  • The government should set up some kind of employment guarantee scheme, whereby the debt-ridden farmers can have the guarantee of a definite source of income and can work to repay their loans.
  • The government should guide the farmers on ways to increase the yield from their lands.
  • The government should provide loans at a lower rate of interest, so that they can repay the loans they have against the moneylenders.
  • Subsidies should be provided on the purchase of seeds, fertilisers and pesticides.

Question 6

Compare the situation of Sekar and Ramalingam by filling out the following table.


 

Sekar

Ramalingam

Land Cultivated

 

 

Labour Required

 

 

Loans Required

 

 

Selling of Harvest

 

 

Other Work Done by Them

 

 

Solution 6

 

 

Sekar

Ramalingam

Land Cultivated

2 acres

20 acres

Labour Required

Labour not required.

Help of few small farmers are required only during harvesting.

Labour required in large numbers for land work.

Loans Required

For meeting his own personal expenses.

For setting up the rice mill.

Selling of Harvest

Sells most of the harvest to the lender and to the trader to repay the loan.

Rest of the harvest is kept aside for personal use.

Any harvest left is used for auction.

Sells his produce to the traders or in the market.

Other Work Done by Them

Works in Ramalingam’s rice mill.

Sells milk to earn extra income.

Owns a rice mill and a shop selling seeds and pesticides.

 

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