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India's fertiliser drain: Urea of darkness -Sarthak Ray

-Financial Express A study by ICRIER researchers Ashok Gulati and Pritha Banerjee shows how problematic the fertiliser policy is—for farmers, industry, the environment and the government. India’s experience with fertilisers, in the later part of the Green Revolution, prompted it to adopt a policy of subsidising fertilisers. In 1977, the country had a total NPK (nitrogenous, phosphatic and potassic) fertiliser consumption of 4.3 million metric tonnes (mmt) and per hectare usage...

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Smarter than Aadhaar -Reetika Khera

-The Indian Express Viable solutions to PDS portability are being ignored in the push for Aadhaar. Migrants’ woes are often invoked in making a case for portability of benefits in the public distribution system (PDS). Most recently, an article (‘A hundred small steps’, IE, September 26) did just that. However, in many cases of short-term seasonal migration (a dominant form in India), only one or two of the household members migrate,...

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The scourge of hunger and malnutrition

-Economic and Political Weekly Policies ensuring Food Security and nutrition support require a renewed focus and sense of urgency. It is a national shame that, even several decades after independence, the country has not been able to free itself from the problem of hunger and malnutrition that endangers the life and health of the population, especially that of children, women, and vulnerable groups. The global hunger index (GHI) published this year has...

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Odisha: 272 families denied full quota of food rations due to lack of Aadhaar-linking, say activists

-Scroll.in A survey by the Right to Food campaign showed that 17 of these families did not receive any ration at all for the months of September and October. As many as 272 families in Odisha’s Nabarangpur district did not receive their quota of foodgrains for the months of September and October because of discrepancies in linking their Aadhaar numbers to the public distribution system, the Right to Food campaign has found...

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Where are the PDS beneficiaries? Rajasthan government is looking for answers -Rakesh Goswami

-Hindustan Times In last 12 months, 3 million people in Rajasthan haven’t turn up to claim ration from Fair Price Shops for two months in a row Jaipur: Rajasthan government is looking for answers. Its food department has begun an exercise to look for those people eligible for procuring food grains from fair price shops (FPSs) but have not turned up for two consecutive months. In last 12 months, around three million people...

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