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Non-linking of aadhaar with ration card is denying people their right to foodNon-linking of aadhaar with ration card is denying people their right to food

During the Bengal famine of 1943-44, over 2 million people died due to starvation, diseases and malnutrition, among other things. According to scholars, the apathy of the British government was largely responsible for such a massive tragedy. Despite the enacting of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) in 2013, the situation of the downtrodden and the poor has not changed much in the country as compared to pre-Independence time. On 28 September, 2017 an 11-year old child named Santoshi died due to starvation in Karimati village of Simdega's Jaldega block (Jharkhand). The Jharkhand government officials have said that Santoshi died due to malaria. However, as per media reports, it has been alleged by the girl's family that they were being denied foodgrains for months and their ration cards got cancelled because it had not been linked to the aadhaar unique ID numbers. Since the aadhaar numbers of the family members were not...

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India's hunger ranking affected by wasting among children, depicts new reportIndia's hunger ranking affected by wasting among children, depicts new report

Confirming the rising trend of prevalence of wasting (i.e. too thin for height) among children below 5 years of age, a new report on the state of global hunger shows that during 2017 India ranks 100th among 119 countries in terms of Global Hunger Index (GHI). Entitled 2017 Global Hunger Index: The Inequalities of Hunger, the report indicates that the neighbouring countries such as China (GHI score: 7.5; GHI rank: 29), Nepal (GHI score: 22.0; GHI rank: 72), Myanmar (GHI score: 22.6; GHI rank: 77), Sri Lanka (GHI score: 25.5; GHI rank: 84) and Bangladesh (GHI score: 26.5; GHI rank: 88) have outperformed the country (GHI score: 31.4; GHI rank: 100). However, Pakistan (GHI score: 32.6; GHI rank: 106) and Afghanistan (GHI score: 33.3; GHI rank: 107) have performed worse than India. It has been stated in the new global hunger report that if one wants to track the progress of...

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Access to sanitary latrines & child nutritional status are inter-linked, shows new urban surveyAccess to sanitary latrines & child nutritional status are inter-linked, shows new urban survey

On the 148th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, cleanliness drives were officially organised across the country so as to promote Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. A few days before 2nd October, the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), under the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), released a report that attempts to connect the dots between sanitation and nutritional status of children. Please click here to access the survey report from NIN.   On the basis of a comprehensive urban nutrition survey, which was carried out among 3,600 households in 16 states during 2015-16, the technical report from National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau (NNMB) has found that the prevalence of under-nutrition is highest among children belonging to those households who do not have access to sanitary latrines. As could be observed from chart-1, in urban areas the proportion of underweight, stunting and wasting is highest among those boys (below 5 years) who belong to households...

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Among other things, Govt. should pay MGNREGA wages without delay, says letter to the FM from activistsAmong other things, Govt. should pay MGNREGA wages without delay, says letter to the FM from activists

  Protesting social activists at Jantar Mantar (Delhi), who are fighting for better working conditions of MGNREGA workers, have recently shot off two demand letters – one addressed to the Finance Minister of India and the other to the Secretary of Department of Rural Development at the MoRD. The letter addressed to the Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley, dated 13 September, 2017, has been signed by eminent activists including Nikhil Dey, Anjali Bhardwaj, D Raja and others. In that letter, among other things, civil society activists have demanded that the MGNREGA workers should receive their wages within 15 days from the date of closure of muster rolls, along with the provision of automatic compensation for delay in wage payments. The compensation norm for delayed payments should be raised from 0.05 percent of the unpaid wages per day of delay (beyond the 16th day of closure of muster roll) to 0.5 percent...

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Rising input prices keeping down net crop incomes in many states, observes new reportRising input prices keeping down net crop incomes in many states, observes new report

For those who asked why the farmers of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and other states hit the streets during June and July this year, the report prepared by the Committee on Doubling Farmers’ Income could be a ready reckoner. Prepared under the chairpersonship of Ashok Dalwai, the report on Doubling Farmers’ Income after studying the trends in crop income and cost associated with 23 crops, reveals a mixed picture across the states where such crops are largely grown. It has been found by the Volume-II of the report entitled Status of Farmers’ Income: Strategies for Accelerated Growth that the net income from cultivation of many crops has declined and turned out to be negative in many states. Please click here to access chapter-5 of Volume-II of the report. For example, in case of paddy cultivation, it has been found that the net income (in Rs. per hectare) has dipped between the two...

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