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A better rural programme

eople depended on this scheme for their wage employment last year. If we also note that this is primarily for unskilled wage labourers and not yet for people with land, we can visualize the extent of Poverty and distress in the rural areas, even in a normal year. This year’s drought is likely to increase the numbers by at least 25%. This is a rural programme and does not address urban Poverty. It is q

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Dalits, the poor and the NREGA

allow the “provision of irrigation facility, horticulture plantation, and land development facilities to land owned by households belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes or below Poverty line families or to beneficiaries of land reforms or to the beneficiaries of the Indira Awaas Yojana of the Government of India, or that of the small or marginal farmers as defined in the agriculture debt waiver and debt relief Scheme 2008.”

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Legislating against hunger

h. The recent rise in food prices has possibly made matters worse in terms of people’s access to food. The blame for this nutritional emergency has to be shared by the persistence of widespread Poverty, poor implementation of government programmes (especially Integrated Child Development Services and the Public Distribution System), and various other factors that interact in many ways to produce this dismal result. Few countries in the wor

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The Paper Rations

s muchfêted economic boom. But little has ever changed for the bulk of the country’s poor, hundreds of millions of who continue to barely scrape through from day to day, doomed to extreme Poverty and, consequently, malnutrition, disease and death. For decades, many among these millions have survived, however barely, on subsidised rice, wheat, sugar and kerosene oil sold to them through one of the world’s largest welfare schemes, the

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States oppose Centre’s proposal, insist on food for all

They contest Planning Commission’s Poverty estimates  Food Bill exercise calls for detailed discussion and exclusive meeting: States Transfer of food subsidy in cash to BPL families won’t serve the purpose: Maharashtra The Centre has asked the States to put a cap on the number of Below Poverty Line (BPL) beneficiaries under the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS)

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States asked to limit BPL beneficiaries

Even as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has promised that “nobody will go hungry” in the country, the Centre is asking the States to put a ceiling on the number of Below Poverty Line (BPL) beneficiaries under the Targeted Public Distribution System for the purpose of the National Food Security Bill that is in the making. Poverty estimates The Union government wants to limit the &ld

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Food for all

lower than Zimbabwe and Haiti, and Madhya Pradesh falls between Ethiopia and Chad. What is especially significant in the IFPRI index is that the indicators of hunger do not always correspond to Poverty ratios. For example, the lower incidence of income Poverty in Gujarat and Karnataka is associated with worse performance in terms of hunger – and this is confirmed by the calorie consumption data.

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Drought management for rural livelihood security

y the growing insensitivity to human suffering in our country. No wonder we are finding it difficult to achieve the first among the U.N. Millennium Development Goals – reducing hunger and Poverty by half by 2015. Unless we realise that agriculture in India is not just a food-producing machine, but is the backbone of the livelihood of over 60 per cent of our population, rural deprivation and suffering will not only continue to persist, but

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Panel wants PDS to go, cash-for-food to start

uo;s claim of providing an enlarged social security net to the poor in its second tenure, the apex planning body has recommended that the government withdraw from distributing food to those below the Poverty line and instead leave them with cash to manage food from the market. The controversial proposal, unsuccessfully mooted once before, suggests that not only the food given under the Targetted PDS to those below More »

Food law bid to pass buck

th anger, the food ministry has recommended that the number of families that get subsidised foodgrain under the Food Security Act be reduced to 5.9 crore, down 45% from the existing 10.68 crore Below Poverty Line card holders. The food ministry has also proposed another way around providing food to the poor by recommending that the Act should allow states to simply distribute cash whenever it cannot deliver food. The concept note of the fo

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