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Lancet: Credit goes to states, give them leeway -GS Mudur

-The Telegraph The journal has cited examples of Kerala, Odisha and Maharashtra The Centre should loosen its control and give states more autonomy over funding and decision-making on the Covid-19 pandemic, The Lancet, a top international medical journal, said on Saturday in a commentary on India under the lockdown. The journal said the states “deserve much of the credit for India’s Covid-19 response” and that the lockdown was “hastily prepared and immediately disadvantaged...

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For the sake of poor, hungry and working people, government shouldn't extend lockdown beyond 3rd May, insist food activists in their recent statement

-Press release by Right to Food Campaign dated 25th April, 2020 The Government of India imposed a nationwide lockdown on 25th March, 2020 for three weeks, which has now been extended till 3rd May, causing extreme economic distress, especially to the poor who are unable to earn their livelihood. Please click here to access the statement issued by Right to Food Campaign insisting on 'No Lockdown beyond 3rd May, 2020'. For more information,...

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Covid-19: India has not done ‘anything close to enough’ to help the poor, says Abhijit Banerjee

-Scroll.in The Nobel laureate said people needed reassurance and that the administration had to be ‘proactive’ in doing so. Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee on Friday said India has not done “anything close to enough” to provide relief to the poor, who have been adversely impacted by the countrywide lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus. In an interview to BBC, Banerjee said the Indian government needs to think of a “clear,...

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PM CARES Fund Won't Be Checked By Government's Auditor, Say Sources -Sunil Prabhu

-NDTV The Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF), which was set up in 1948, is not audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) either. New Delhi: The Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations or PM CARES Fund, formed amid the coronavirus crisis to be a war chest for national crises, will not be audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), sources told NDTV...

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Ranabir Samaddar, director of the Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, interviewed by Monobina Gupta (TheWire.in)

-TheWire.in Ranabir Samaddar, director of the Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, speaks about the factors behind the migrants’ desperation to reach home and the dynamics of the visibility and invisibility of migrant labour. With the abrupt imposition of the lockdown aimed at arresting the spread of the novel coronavirus, and prospects of earning a livelihood in cities and urban areas drying up, India stood witness to a mass exodus of migrant workers at...

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