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Budget unmindful of income inequality -MA Oommen

n being the most desired goals, building the capabilities of individuals as well as the institutional architecture and social arrangements to improve them (public provision for education, healthcare, Food Security) assume importance. In the Indian federal context, policy and instrumental choices will have to promote continuing convergence towards income, health and education. No budget so far has ever thought of it, leave alone strategised it. That

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In a village in Uttar Pradesh, food is always on the minds of its residents -Supriya Sharma

rdquo; said Bhole Nath, a resident of the Harijan basti. Through January and February, potatoes with rotis and rice was the staple in most kitchens. In July 2013, the Centre passed the National Food Security Act that guarantees subsidised foodgrains to two-thirds of the country’s population. The Uttar Pradesh government woke up to it in September 2015. Under the law, the Central government bears the cost of providing five kilos of foodg

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What's in a unique number? -Swati Narayan

on food ministry issued an unprecedented diktat. It has insisted that each family member must possess an Aadhaar number within four months, to be eligible for subsidised foodgrains under the National Food Security Act. This ties in with the larger plan for all ration shops by 2019 to verify Aadhaar biometrics at every transaction. So, not only must 210 million families possess unique numbers for each member, they must also queue up every month to prov

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No one loves the farmer -Ashok Gulati & Siraj Hussain

riculture, boosting investment in cold chains and extending an interest subsidy to Kisan Credit Card (KCC) holders. Congress’s manifesto pitches for safety nets through MGNREGA and the National Food Security Act, essentially a dole model. Conspicuously, BSP is silent so far on farmers’ issues. But all parties seem to have missed the basic problems of UP’s peasantry: If there is one thing about which UP farmers are dismayed, it is

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Government makes Aadhaar mandatory for availing PDS foodgrains

ter cooking gas LPG, the government on Thursday made Aadhaar mandatory for availing subsidised foodgrains from the ration shops with a view to better the target of Rs 1.4 lakh crore subsidy under the Food Security law. The government has given time to those not having the biometric-based unique identification number to apply for Aadhaar by June 30. The government issued a notification to this effect but did stop short of saying that subsidised f

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Rewiring the WTO -Biswajit Dhar

oncern. In agriculture, WTO rules have been loaded in favour of the developed countries, while the interests of small farmers have almost been completely ignored. India flagged the important issue of Food Security and argued that the sovereign states must have the right to decide the manner in which the poor should be provided subsidised food. This issue arose after questions were raised as to whether public stockholding of food, which is at the heart

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Budget 2017 Disappoints, Maternity Benefit Programme Underfunded, Excludes Those Who Need It The Most -Dipa Sinha

the world (38% children under five are stunted). Provision of maternity entitlements is one of the many interventions that are needed to improving maternal child health and nutrition. The National Food Security Act (NFSA) provides Rs 6000 as maternity entitlement for all pregnant women. In spite of it being over three years since the passage of the NFSA, the central government is yet to implement a universal scheme for the implementation of this en

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Pregnant Women Entitled to Rs 6,000: Maternity scheme gets Rs 2,700 crore, experts say not enough - Shalini Nair

gre allocation of Rs 2,700 crore. This is not even a quarter of the estimate drawn up by civil society groups that have been long demanding enforcement of this entitlement promised under the National Food Security Act way back in 2013. The scheme grants Rs 6,000 to pregnant and lactating women who go for institutional delivery and vaccinate their children. As per the scheme details, released by the Women and Child Development Ministry immediatel

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Drawing up a diet plan -Sonalde Desai

eholds to ensure adequate diets without creating conditions in which they opt for inferior diets that are too heavy on cereals With the Kerala government’s decision to implement the National Food Security Act (NFSA) from April, the whole country will be covered by the legislation. However, if we expect the NFSA to improve India’s malnutrition statistics, we may well be disappointed. According to a study by Himanshu and Abhijit Sen, even

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Renewed focus on maternal and child health a welcome first step -Yamini Aiyar and Avani Kapur

MCH) in India. On 31 December, pregnant women in India were the surprise beneficiaries of post demonetisation sops as the PM committed his government to fulfilling one of the promises of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) by extending the Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojna (IGMSY) from a 53-district pilot to a national programme. Repackaged as the Maternity Benefits Programme (MBP), the PM’s renewed commitment to MCH is surprising. Despit

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