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Right to Food Campaign criticizes Jharkhand Government's move to reduce the number of eggs in School Midday Meals

-Press release by Right to Food Campaign dated 16th January, 2019 It is shocking to learn that Jharkhand Government has decided to reduce the number of weekly eggs in school midday meals from three to two. Earlier, the government allotted Rs 4 per egg. With increase in price of eggs, it has revised the allotment to Rs 6 per egg. But instead of increasing the total budget commensurately with the inflation in cost of eggs, the government has decide

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Invisible people: Aadhaar versus particularly vulnerable tribal groups -Jean Dreze

families depend critically on two entitlements for their survival: social security pensions and food rations from the public distribution system. Under a Supreme Court order of May 2, 2003, in the Right to Food case, Antyodaya ration cards are to be distributed to all PVTG households. This entitles them to 35 kgs of foodgrain per month from the PDS at a nominal price; in fact, for free in the case of Jharkhand. Among the 325 households we surveyed,

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Mid-day meals row in K'taka: Terminate Akshaya Patra's contract, demand activists -Dr. Nimeshika Jayachandran Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA) and Right to Food Campaign have written to several departments including the MHRD, K’taka CM’s office, seeking Akshaya Patra’s contract to be terminated. Civil Rights organisations Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (People’s Health Movement) and Right to Food Campaign have written a letter to officials expressing their concerns over the recen

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Aadhaar related inadequacies causing hunger and food insecurity in Jharkhand, allege Right to Food Campaign activists

-Press statement by Right to Food Campaign dated 19 November, 2018 At least two more persons died of starvation in Jharkhand in the last 25 days. This takes the total number of hunger deaths in the state to 17, since September 2017. The most recent victim is 45-year old Kaleshwar Soren who died of hunger and destitution on 11 November in Mahuatanr village of Jama block of Dumka district. A fact finding team of the More »

No, we can't compare Global Hunger Index rankings between two reports

er Index: Forced Migration and Hunger, Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide, please click here to access Hunger deaths have skyrocketed after aadhaar-based authentication came into force, allege Right to Food activists, News alert by Inclusive Media for Change dated 1st October, 2018, please click here to access  Despite having a food security legislation, spending on food subsidy is low, News alert by Inclusive Media for Change dated 31

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Hunger deaths have skyrocketed after aadhaar-based authentication came into force, allege Right to Food activists

There is a list available with the Right to Food Campaign ( – a decentralised network of civil society activists and experts who are working together voluntarily for ensuring food and nutrition security – which shows that 56 persons died between May, 2015 and March, 2018 on account of hunger and starvation despite India having passed the National Food Security Act (NFSA) in 2013. The RTF campaign has c

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Jharkhand lacks universal pension coverage, allege civil society activitists

-Press release by Right to Food Campaign dated 28th September, 2018 17 lakh elderly, widows and differently-abled persons in Jharkhand who qualify for social security pensions, do not receive their entitlement. One important reason is that pension coverage in Jharkhand is not universal. Even those who do receive pensions face chronic selection errors and administrative glitches. In 2016-17, 3 lakh pensioners were deleted as “fake”, th

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Right to Food activists demand immediate action by the govt. to contain hunger deaths in Jharkhand

-Press release by Right to Food Campaign dated 28 September, 2018 Exactly a year ago, 11-year-old Santoshi Kumari of Simdega died of starvation while asking her mother for rice. Her family’s ration card was cancelled for not being linked to Aadhaar. In the last one year, at least 15 people have died due to hunger. Of these, 6 were Adivasis, 4 Dalits, and 5 of backward castes. All these deaths happened due to the denial of security pensions

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Of 42 'Hunger-Related' Deaths Since 2017, 25 'Linked to Aadhaar Issues'

been pulled up for not being able to provide basic amenities to those who need them most. The list has been compiled by Reetika Khera and Siraj Dutta, with contributions from Swati Narayan and the Right to Food Campaign in Odisha, Jharkhand and Delhi, based on media reports. According to them, a large majority of the deaths recorded in 2017 and 2018 are because of the Aadhaar system, which is ensuring that even some people who were able to access t

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Milk and honey for schools -Basant Kumar Mohanty

nd milk products provide protein while honey has sugar and vitamin A," said Bang, chairperson of the Society for Education, Action and Research in Community Health, Gadchiroli. Deepa Sinha, a Right to Food campaigner, said: "It's a good move but it should be a regular affair and not just when the government wants to exhaust its stocks." Please click here to read more.

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