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Civil society group asks for social safety measures for migrant and informal workers from Jharkhand against the backdrop of coronavirus lockdown

-Press release by Jharkhand Janadhikar Mahasabha dated by 25th March, 2020 Jharkhand, like most of India, has woken up late to the COVID-19 pandemic and is yet to provide adequate social security to the people. Although no COVID-19 case has been officially reported in Jharkhand so far, this may be a myth since the state has only one testing centre where only a few dozen samples have been tested, according to...

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Coronavirus pandemic is ominous news for India’s rabi crops and farm-to-food chain -Mekhala Krishnamurthy During the coronavirus crisis, income support platforms must be utilised by both state and the Centre. Social distancing should be a norm in wheat procurement mandis. As India goes into a 21-day lockdown, the Narendra Modi government has sought to reassure an anxious public that the country has multiple times the required reserve of food grains to tide over the crisis.  There have also been urgent calls for both central and...

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Concerned citizens write to the Centre and states for delivering emergency relief to the poor, marginalised and the vulnerable

-Press note by NREGA Sangharsh Morcha dated 24 March, 2020 A group of concerned citizens have appealed the Central and state governments to deliver emergency relief to informal labour force, agricultural workers, small and marginal farmers, MGNREGA workers, old-age pensioners, widows, the differently-abled, slum dwellers, the homeless and other such vulnerable communities through programmes like National Food Security Act (NFSA), Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), Pensions, Ujjwala scheme,...

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In an open letter to the PM, civil society activists have asked for ensuring Food Security and other rights-based entitlements of the poor and informal workers in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak

-Open Letter from the Right to Food Campaign to the Prime Minister of India dated 19th March, 2020 The Right to Food Campaign on 19 March, 2020 has issued an open letter to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. In its letter to the PM, civil society activists have asked the government for ensuring Food Security and other rights-based entitlements for the poor, vulnerable and the informal sector workers in the wake...

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How India can overcome malnutrition -Ashok Gulati & Kriti Khurana

-The Financial Express Focussing on women’s education, Access to sanitation & potable water, diet rich in proteinaceous foods and biofortification of grains can curb malnutrition President Donald Trump applauded India’s achievements in his address at the crowded Motera stadium. These ranged from religious freedom to reducing poverty to the giant emerging economy. This should have made every Indian feel proud, except that only in the next three days, riots in Delhi made...

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