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Cash transfers may replace rations for women and infants -Shalini Nair

d with several criticising it for not being an actual substitute for take-home rations, which is a mix of cereals, fats, sugar and pulses, with added micronutrients. Dipa Sinha, who is part of the Right to Food Campaign, said that providing supplementary nutrition is the best way to address issues of availability gap. “Data from the National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau shows that there is a protein-calorie gap in children as they are not cons

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Privacy: Many-splendoured right which needs to be at forefront of civil liberties -Madhavi Goradia Divan

Raghavendranath Nadkarni (1983) 1 SCC 124). The overwhelming gamut of rights that have been asserted under Article 21 and endorsed by the Supreme Court cover the right to a clean environment, the Right to Food, the right to shelter, the right to sleep, even the right to a toilet. And yet, in the challenge to Aadhaar, the State strongly resisted reading into Article 21, the right to privacy -- the very right which ought to be at the forefront of al

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Why govt-subsidised Amma, Indira canteens are lifesavers -Reetika Khera

ound 7-8%. Two, cutting costs is another way of reducing deficit. But where? Social spending in India remains too low in the international perspective. What the Supreme Court had said early on in the Right to Food case – ‘cut the flab elsewhere’ – still holds true. The message from the states, across party lines, is clear: Community kitchens which provide subsidised ready-made meals fulfil a useful social and economic role.

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SC bench observes apathy for legal provisions under NFSA by state govts.

inalize their own rules and notify the same in consultation with their respective state legal departments, and in accordance with the provisions of Section 40 of the NFSA. A press release from the Right to Food Campaign dated 4 August, 2017 says that the next hearing of the above-mentioned case is on 9 August, 2017 when the SC bench will take up other pending issues related to MGNREGA, crop insurance etc. It may be noted that the public interest

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Making fundamental right subservient to economic rights dangerous: Supreme Court -Dhananjay Mahapatra

A Sundaram, appearing for the Maharashtra government, reiterated the Centre's stand that right to privacy would always take a back seat when it came to Aadhaar, which enabled the government to secure Right to Food, a more important right, for millions of poor living below poverty line. "What is better— two square meals or right to privacy," he asked. Justice D Y Chandrachud, part of a nine-judge bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khe

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Centre privacy U-turn

today that though the right to privacy might be available in developed countries like the US, Canada and the UK, in developing countries like India it should be considered only in the context of the Right to Food and shelter of the millions who are below the poverty line and for whom Aadhaar was a "boon". "Are you saying you can deny the right to someone because of this reason?" Justice Chelameshwar asked. Justice Chandrachu

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Privacy can't override Right to Food through Aadhaar, Centre tells Supreme Court -Dhananjay Mahapatra & Amit Anand Choudhary

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: The government told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that even if privacy was assumed to be a fundamental right, it could not attain a status higher than the Right to Food ensured through Aadhaar for 270 million impoverished people. A nine-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar tried its best to elicit a direct "yes" or "no" reply from attorney general K K Venugopal to the l

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Dealing with malnutrition: Why Indian women must eat with families -Charu Bahri

of slow development, eventually implicated in holding back national economic progress. “Particularly among the rural poor, food distribution in households is not based on need,” reads Right to Food in India, a 2003 paper of the Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad. “The breadwinner gets sufficient food, the children get the next share, and women take the remains.” A two-year-old project in Rajasthan used an

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Accessing the Right to Food in Delhi -Nandini Nayak & Shikha Nehra

-Economic and Political Weekly Nandini Nayak ( teaches at the School of Development Studies, Ambedkar University Delhi and is principal investigator of the research project on which this article is based. Shikha Nehra ( is a graduate student at Ambedkar University Delhi and a research assistant on the same project. The renewed Public Distribution System (PDS) under the “rights-based” National Food Security Act, 2013 has increased acce

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NGOs question packaged food given to kids

of RUTF for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) children in the Mokhada block of Palghar district. Now, NGOs Jan Arogya Abhiyan (People’s health movement, Maharashtra) and Anna Adhikar Abhiyan (Right to Food campaign, Maharashtra) have demanded that malnourished kids be provided healthy home-style cooked food as the RUTF paste (basically groundnut paste) given to children for three months is not adequate for them to overcome malnutrition. The

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