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Jean Drèze, noted economist and social activist, interviewed by GS Vasu (The New Indian Express)

-The New Indian Express Holding migrants where they are is a bad idea, even from the point of view of containing the coronavirus crisis, says economist Jean Dreze in a wide-ranging interview with our Editor GS Vasu. HYDERABAD: With under a week to go for the present lockdown to end, it is an indisputable fact that thousands of migrant workers are stuck in cities across India, unable to get home. Continuing to...

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Complaints against PDS dealers in Jharkhand, Bihar amid food crisis -Abhishek Angad & Santosh Singh

-The Indian Express In Jharkhand and Bihar, the food crisis triggered by the lockdown has put a spotlight on an old problem — leakages and corruption in the the Public Distribution System. Patna, Ranchi: Earlier this week, Jharkhand’s grievance helpline 181 received four calls from Palamu on a single day. All the callers had a similar complaint: though the state had promised 70 kg rice in April, their ration dealer in Medininagar...

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COVID-19: Thousands pushed to starvation due to faulty biometric system in Bihar -CK Manoj

-Down to Earth Poor, elderly not able to match fingerprints on system, not getting food grain as a result Thousands of poor villagers have been pushed to the brink of starvation in Bihar as the biometric system installed to curb leakages in the public distribution system (PDS) is proving to be the stumbling block on their way. The Food and Consumer Protection Department in the state has made it mandatory for use of...

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Migrant’s last earning before suicide: Rs 2,500 from sale of phone -Sakshi Dayal

-The Indian Express Officials from the district administration also insisted the 35-year-old was “mentally disturbed”. Gurgaon (Haryana): On Thursday morning, 35-year-old Chhabu Mandal, a migrant from Bihar who worked as a painter in Gurgaon, sold his phone for Rs 2,500 and used the money to purchase a portable fan and some ration to feed his family — his wife, her parents, and his four children, the youngest five months old. His wife Poonam...

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A blueprint to revive the economy -P Chidambaram & Praveen Chakravarty

-The Hindu A carefully crafted economic proposal for consideration of the Indian government to help our fellow citizens “We have no food, no home, no income. My children are starving,” cried Prachi to a TV anchor on April 14. Prachi, a migrant worker from Bihar, is one of the roughly 400 million workers in India who are dependent on daily wages for their survival. She has lost her source of livelihood because...

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