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Harsh Mander Resigns as Special Monitor, Cites NHRC Silence on Encounter Killings -Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

s and communal violence, Mander further wrote that “in the past, in the context of the 2002 Gujarat massacre, and for a number of human rights issues related to mental hospitals, bonded labour, Right to Food and others,” he had “supported the NHRC in many capacities, and therefore was happy to accept the invitation as special monitor.” NHRC never reached out to Mander on issues of minorities and communal violence He also

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In terms of ease, citizens of Nagri block in Ranchi dislike the pilot cash transfer-based PDS, reveals social audit

l ration system that existed previously. Yet the Jharkhand state government continues with the DBT-based PDS in Nagri block, instead of returning back to the older system, says a press release by the Right to Food Campaign dated 21st June, 2018. When it comes to ease, instead of a direct benefit transfer (DBT) -based system for purchasing subsidized food grains from fair price shops (FPS), 96.9 percent of the 8,370 respondents (viz. ration card ho

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Food activists slam govt on hunger deaths

-The Telegraph State ignoring ground realities of malnutrition, busy trying to prove every victim was ailing, says Drèze Ranchi: Right to Food Campaign activists claim the Jharkhand government was doing precious little to arrest the circumstances that force people to starve and die, but was continuing to "shamelessly marshal" all resources to prove after every starvation death that it was because of illness and not hunger.

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If Jharkhand's Direct Benefit Transfer Experiment Isn't Working, Why Is It Still On? -Jahnavi Sen

s would be cancelled. Even the ration dealers were unhappy with the new system – stocks would lie with them for days on end while people waited for their DBT money. Around the same time, the Right to Food Campaign had conducted a survey in Nagri on the DBT experiment. They found that an overwhelming 97% of respondents wanted to go back to the old system. The food minister, Saryu Rai, and food secretary, Amitabh Kaushal, had then met with repr

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People spend 13 hours to access direct benefit transfers in Ranchi -Mayank Jain

and the government’s own report now shows that its pilot isn’t working as expected. “Over the past 10 months, at least 12 people have succumbed to hunger in Jharkhand,” the Right to Food campaign wrote in a statement issued to the media. “Instead of taking action against functionaries whose lapses have led to these deaths and measures to improve the situation of food security in the state, the Jharkhand government has

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Government's inaction leading to continuation of starvation deaths in Jharkhand

-Press release by the Right to Food Campaign, dated 21st June, 2018 Over the past ten months, at least 12 persons have succumbed to hunger in Jharkhand. Instead of taking action against functionaries whose lapses have led to these deaths and measures to improve the situation of food security in the state, Jharkhand government has denied hunger as the cause of any of these deaths and absolved itself of any blame. Instead, the State Food Minister,

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Despite opposition from Gram Sabhas, cash transfer ordeal continues in Nagri block (Jharkhand)

-Press Release by the Right to Food Campaign dated 21st June 2018 Jharkhand’s misguided “DBT for food subsidy” pilot in Nagri Block (Ranchi District) is yet to be discontinued, despite virtually unanimous opposition to it from Gram Sabhas. The sequence of events is as follows: 1. The Nagri pilot was initiated in early October 2017. Public protests erupted almost immediately and have continued ever since. 2. Under the DBT s

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Feeding Hungry Children

nue to depend on these central contracts with the contractors now operating as “original manufacturers” and even as mahila mandals sometimes. The commissioners to the Supreme Court on the Right to Food presented strong reports exposing the nexus between politicians, bureaucrats, and suppliers of THRs. They demanded a special investigation into the mahila mandals providing supplementary nutrition in ICDS in Maharashtra on the grounds that t

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On International Workers' Day, Twelve Thousand Workers Demand Increase in NREGA Wage Rate

ese events were attended by many well-wishers including Bezwada Wilson (convenor of Safai Karmachari Andolan), Jean Drèze (economist), Anil Anshuman (Jharkhand Jan Sanskriti Manch), Balram Jo (Right to Food Campaign) and representatives of the CPI(ML) and National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR) among other organisations. Bezwada Wilson’s statement "before they ask for a vote, we ask for our rights” resonated widely, cap

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Public Health Activists Oppose Maneka Gandhi's Move to Packaged Nutrients over Take Home Rations in Anganwadis -Aradhna Wal

ld Development Minister Maneka Gandhi opposing the move to turn take home rations to women and children below three into “energy-dense, factory made” nutrient packets. The letter from the Right to Food Campaign, dated April 17, comes a day before the newly launched Poshan Mission’s National Nutrition Council is set to meet for the first time, on April 18. Anganwadi centres give children aged six months to three years and pregnant

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