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Obscenity of hunger deaths -Jayati Ghosh The farce being played out in the name of Aadhaar has led to several deaths because it denies the poor their Right to Food and therefore life. THERE is no doubt that human life is cheap in India, perhaps more so now than ever before. The attacks, atrocities and killings of people from the minority communities and marginalised groups, which have now become so common, are particularly appalling because they reflect a culture of imp

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Jharkhand hunger death: A girl died crying for food. Her family is now accused of shaming India -Harsh Mander

” (rice, rice), her mother recalled. The custom in their caste is to bury rather than cremate the dead, so she tearfully laid her child down in a shallow grave. Activists from the non-profit Right to Food Campaign had been helping her and many others facing the same problem for months before the child’s death, demanding that her ration card not be cancelled. When they learnt of Santoshi’s death, they announced to the media that th

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Rural workers of Jharkhand demand their rights

-Right to Food Jharkhand Ranchi (Jharkhand): Close to 1,000 NREGA workers and other rural labourers converged to Birsa Chowk from 12 districts of Jharkhand today and sat on dharna to protest against repeated attacks on their Right to Food and right to work. The event was jointly organised by Right to Food Campaign Jharkhand and NREGA Watch.  

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Boiled eggs for 44,000 Aaganwadi children to prevent malnutrition -Rashmi Drolia

district is awaited. Balrampur recorded 31 percent of malnutrition in 2016. Collector Sharan is hopeful of better health results among children. According to Narendra Kumar Das associated to Right to Food in Balrampur the campaign is running successfully and children were taking interest in coming regulary to Aaganwadi centres but the scheme needs to be extended to mid-day meals served in schools as well to regularize attendance and ensure nu

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Non-linking of aadhaar with ration card is denying people their Right to Food

, Uttar Pradesh (39.5 percent), and Gujarat (39.3 percent). Please click here in order to know more about the nutritional status of children across states.    According to the Right to Food Campaign (India), a large number of Supreme Court orders have been violated by the Jharkhand state government in Santoshi’s hunger related death, which is as follows (please check the image below):     &n

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Hungry India: Are we angry enough? -Patralekha Chatterjee

b portal, the girl died crying for bhaat (rice). Her family didn’t have any. Her family’s ration card was reportedly cancelled because it was not linked to their Aadhaar number, say local Right to Food Campaign activists. With the Durga Puja holidays on, there had been no school, therefore no mid-day meals and no sustenance at home. Santoshi barely had had anything to eat for almost a week. The local authorities say the girl died due to ma

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No Aadhaar, no food rations: 11 stories that show the Jharkhand child death was no aberration -Stuti Pachisia

ingerprint authentication. In Jharkhand, the government’s website showed at least 10% of families were unable to buy their food rations, as Jean Drèze, an economist who is part of the Right to Food campaign, pointed out. “That may not seem like a very large number, but in absolute terms, it translates into something like 2.5 million people in Jharkhand being deprived of their food rations,” he said. Independent resear

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Denied food because she did not have Aadhaar-linked ration card, Jharkhand girl dies of starvation -Aarefa Johari

-old girl in Jharkhand’s Simdega district has died of starvation last fortnight, months after her family’s ration card was cancelled because it was not linked to their Aadhaar number, say Right to Food Campaign activists. With no school mid-day meals available during her Durga Puja holidays, Santoshi Kumari had gone with barely any food for nearly eight days before she died, they said. Santoshi Kumari, who came from an impoverished fami

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A Brief Case for the Indian Jhola -Ashwini Deshpande

cher, is well-known for his active role in the formulation and/or support of several of contemporary India’s social security schemes — the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), Right to Food or the National Food Security Act, Right to Information and so on. (Incidentally, in the book he disparages the media spotlight on him as the “architect” of NREGA, and suggests that if one has to assign that role to a single indi

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Is the Government Planning to Dismantle the ICDS Programme? -Rashme Sehgal

Till 2006, ICDS was reaching only one-third of the country but given the alarming statistics of malnourishment, the Supreme Court had ordered that it be universalised. Sejal Dand, working on the Right to Food Campaign (RTFC) in Gujarat says, “The Supreme Court directive was very clear. Kids under three were to be given a panjiri while those between three to six years of age were to be given a hot cooked meal preferably using local foods to

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