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PDS beneficiaries oppose cash transfers in Nagri block of Jharkhand

w the transferred amount for purchasing foodgrains from ration shops. The survey has found that on an average the distance from a beneficiary’s home to the bank is 4.5 km. A pamphlet by the Right to Food Campaign says that instead of getting cheap foodgrains (viz. rice), money is getting transferred to the bank account of the PDS beneficiary so as to buy rice at a price of Rs. 32 per kg (viz. market rate) from ration shops or fair price shop

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DBT protest at CM's door

ted by volunteers in 13 randomly selected villages was revealed while representatives of Ration Bachao Manch-an umbrella organisation of the Congress, JMM, CPM, CPM(ML) and JVM and organisations like Right to Food Campaign, Adivasi Moolvadi Astitwa Raksha Manch and All India People's Forum-claimed the arrangement disadvantaged those who depend on subsidies for food. Under the DBT system, people need to collect their food subsidies that the governme

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"DBT for food subsidy" experiment in Jharkhand dismal failure, most people oppose it

-Press Release from Right to Food Campaign (dated 24 February, 2018) Glitches in the system have deprived people of nearly half of their food rations in the last four months. When they do get their rations, people spend 12 hours collecting them, on average. Most people are opposed to the new system. In early October 2017, the Government of Jharkhand began an experiment with “direct benefit transfer” (DBT) under the public distribut

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Union budget shows "no concern" for hunger, malnutrition, rural distress, reduces maternal benefit allocation Calling the 2018-19 Union budget "highly disappointing", the top advocacy group, Right to Food Campaign (RFC), in a comprehensive analysis, has said, it has "miserably failed to respond to the present situation of rural distress and mass unemployment", adding, "Despite a spate of starvation deaths in different parts of the country, the budget makes no mention of hunger or malnutrition." Thus, RFC

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Another woman dies of undernutrition and exhaustion in Jharkhand after denial of PDS rations for four months due to failure of Aadhaar-based biometric authentication

-Right to Food Campaign On 23 January 2018, 30-year-old Lukhi Murmu of Dhawadangal village of Hiranpur block in Pakur (Jharkhand) succumbed to prolonged undernutrition and exhaustion. She lived with her 14-year old sister Phulin in extreme poverty. Their meals usually comprised solely of rice and they even had to sleep hungry at times. The sisters’ deprivation worsened over the last four months when they were unable to access their ration f

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Right to Food Campaign demands immediate implementation of Maternity Entitlements as per the National Food Security Act 2013

-Press Release by Right to Food Campaign The Right to Food Campaign demands justice for pregnant women and their infants. For more than four years, all Indian women except those working in government/public sector undertakings have been entitled by law to a maternity benefit of at least Rs. 6000, guaranteed under the National Food Security Act (NFSA, 2013). Yet, the government of India not only has fai

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Aadhaar: When the Poor Get Left Out -Anjali Bhardwaj and Amrita Johri

very poor and the homeless — for reasons such as not being on the Aadhaar data base, not having a fixed address and failing the biometric identification test. Anjali Bhardwaj and Amrita Johri, Right to Food activists, point out why Aadhaar initiative is not only ill-suited to prevent corruption but could also rob the needy of their basic state support. As the Aadhaar matter comes up in the Supreme Court, it is perhaps a good time to assess h

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Introducing ragi in the PDS is fraught with challenges -Mamata Pradhan and Devesh Roy

ring in nutrition benefits. The proponents of PDS product portfolio expansion advocate the move precisely on these grounds. Biraj Pattnaik, principal advisor to the Supreme Court commissioners on the Right to Food, argues: “It’s time for the PDS to diversify in a basket of foods. We are giving cereals but we should also look at distributing millets, pulses, oils, and possibly even fruits, eggs and milk to provide wholesome nutrition.&rdquo

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Hunger whiff in death

-The Telegraph Ranchi: An elderly woman, who was allegedly denied ration for three months because of Aadhaar data mismatch, starved to death on December 25, a report released by the Right to Food Campaign said on Tuesday. Etwaria Devi (67), a resident of Sonpurwa village in Majhiaon block of Garhwa, 225km from the state capital, was purportedly the fifth victim of hunger in the state last year although the glaring cause of these deaths have ne

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Civil society activists allege another hunger death in Jharkhand due to failure of aadhaar-based biometric authentication

-Press note from Right to Food Campaign, Jharkhand   Etwariya Devi, a 67-year-old widow, died of hunger and exhaustion on 25 December in Sonpurwa village of Majhiaon block of Garhwa district (Jharkhand). She lived with her son Ghura Vishwakarma, daughter-in-law Usha Devi and their three children in a dilapidated kutcha house. The family has a hand-to-mouth existence and is routinely unable to access adequate nutrition. Surviving the d

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