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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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Union Budget

ear’s Budget has been set aside to meet the initial cost of providing LPG connections to women members of poor households. This is expected to benefit about 1 crore 50 lakh households below the Poverty line in 2016-17. The Scheme will be continued for at least two more years to cover a total of 5 crore BPL households. • In order to help poor families, the Government will launch a new health protection scheme which will provide health cov

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Key Facts

squo;Basic Metals’ as per WPI is lower at 9.9 per cent than that of World Bank’s ‘Base Metals’ inflation of 23.7 per cent during FY 2017-18 (Apr-Dec).   Poverty and Human Development    • According to the data of the 66th round of the National Sample Survey (2009-10), the average dietary energy intake per person per day was 2147 Kcal for rural India and 2123 Kcal for urban Ind

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Rural distress

anted to take it forward. •    21 per cent women belonging to farmer households said that price rice was the biggest problem being faced by their household and 13 per cent said Poverty is their biggest problem. Note: A household that has more than 10 acres of land is a Large Farmer; between 4 acre and 9.99 is a Medium Farmer; less than four acres as a Small/Marginal Farmer; and with no land as Landless Farmer. **page**

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no formal credit while 70% of marginal farmers and 45% of small farmers do not have deposit or savings accounts with a formal financial institution*# • The Government of India’s main Poverty alleviation programme, the Integrated Rural Development Programme (IRDP), is “the world’s largest microfinance programme”*** • The Micro Financial Sector (Development and Regulation) Bill, 2007 has two broad objectives

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Forest and Tribal Rights

s with Scheduled districts. Among the 83 LWE-affected districts, 42 districts have Scheduled Areas. These regions are marked by the following features: (1) serious neglect and deprivation, widespread Poverty and poor health and educational status; (2) exploitation and oppression by traders and money lenders, on the one hand, and absence of an effective and sensitive civil administration, on the other; (3) large-scale displacement of tribal people for

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Right to Food

ould have a monthly entitlement of 35kgs at Rs 1 per kg for millets, Rs 2 for wheat and Rs 3 for rice.  Rural coverage can be adjusted state-wise based on the Planning Commission’s 2004-05 Poverty estimates. § The general households (44% in rural areas and 22% in urban areas) should have a monthly entitlement of 20kgs at a price that does not exceed 50% of the current Minimum Support Price (the price at which the government buys foo

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Right to Information

e two Secretariats are included in it). • Ministries: Ministry of Coal, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation, Ministry of Housing & Poverty Alleviation, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Women & Child Development. • Departments: Dept. of Defence, Dept. of Defence Production, Dept. of Financial Services, Dept. of Pharmaceuticals, Dept. o

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Human Rights

s to subsidized foodgrains be extended to at least 75% of the population. This is not acceptable to the Government, which sets arbitrary ceilings on the numbers who can be declared as being below the Poverty line. • The official estimate that 27.5% of the population was below the Poverty line in 2004-05 grossly understates the incidence of Poverty. The

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