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India must detoxify its poisoned farmlands

indicate failure of the department itself, the genesis of the crisis dates back to the time of the Green Revolution in the 1960s when the need was felt to sharply increase crop productivity to ensure Food Security. This problem --- increase in the use of pesticides --- is not an India-specific problem: Since 1950, population has doubled, yet the area of arable land used to feed these people has increased by only 10%. There are huge pressures to provid

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Shyam Khadka, India's representative at the FAO of the United Nations, interviewed by Sayantan Bera (

on (FAO) of the United Nations, says more Indians are moving out of agriculture due to distress and not because the manufacturing sector is inviting them. In an interview, Khadka calls for converting Food Security into nutritional security. Edited excerpts: * Despite consecutive years of normal monsoon, farmers are protesting. How do you see the distress situation in Indian agriculture? On the price front, there are certain crops where Indian fa

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Non-linking of aadhaar with ration card is denying people their right to food

diseases and malnutrition, among other things. According to scholars, the apathy of the British government was largely responsible for such a massive tragedy. Despite the enacting of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) in 2013, the situation of the downtrodden and the poor has not changed much in the country as compared to pre-Independence time. On 28 September, 2017 an 11-year old child named Santoshi died due to starvation in Karimati village

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

out to register on the fingerprint scanning machines. Often, the internet connection fails. The result is that they are unable to access the foodgrains they are legally entitled to under the National Food Security Act. Among the worst hit are the most vulnerable and needy people – the elderly, in particular – who have either not been able to enrol in Aadhaar, or have failed to get their Aadhaar numbers linked to their rations cards, or

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New guidelines for social audit to boost Food Security Scheme -Anand Mishra

s, food and public distribution held three meetings through video conferencing with officials of all states In order to check foodgrain pilferage from PDS shops and ensure delivery of the benefits Food Security, the Government on Monday came out with detailed guidelines for social audit of the central scheme. A ministry official told DNA that in order to ensure transparency in the implementation of the PDS, the central and the state Act, the state

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Food Security: Solution lies in traditional food -Archana Mishra

gas and Gonds After spending almost a month among tribals of Mandla in Madhya Pradesh, I can confidently say that by restricting ourselves to Public Distribution System (PDS), we cannot solve the Food Security issues of the country.   The problem is graver. In a district like Mandla, where aboriginals like Baiga and Gonds have been exposed to a different culture in last one decade, they have gradually moved away from the traditional More »

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

, who came from an impoverished family in Simdega’s Karimati village, died on September 28. With no land, jobs or steady income, the family is eligible for subsidised rations under the National Food Security Act. However, according to local news reports and an independent fact-finding report by members of the non-profit Right to Food Campaign and NREGA Watch, the local ration dealer had refused to give Santoshi’s family their rations for t

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A Brief Case for the Indian Jhola -Ashwini Deshpande

tive 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 individual for what was essentiall

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India's hunger ranking affected by wasting among children, depicts new report

ry foods for young children; (2) an adequate diet to children between 6 and 23 months old; and (3) household access to improved sanitation facilities.     Although the 2013 National Food Security Act (NFSA) created legal entitlements to existing governmental food and nutrition security programmes, dalits (Scheduled Castes) and adivasis (Scheduled Tribes) are still left behind in getting the full benefits of such publicly funded schem

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

llion undernourished people – the highest in the world. Is the government of India planning to dismantle the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) programme, the world’s largest Food Security project? The ICDS is a unique outreach programme to meet the nutritional needs of ten crore Indian children under the age of six and to improve the nutrition levels of pregnant and lactating mothers from the most vulnerable sections of ou

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