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MS Swaminathan, father of India's Green Revolution, interviewed by Vidya Venkat (The Hindu)

ers are mere contractors. In our case, land is owned by the people. How do you treat this largest group of entrepreneurs? Unfortunately, all policies today are related to corporate powers. What about Food Security and 50 crore farmers? We need to think about them too. * The Green Revolution of 1967-68 may have resolved the food crisis in the short run, but the heavy use of pesticides and high-yielding varieties of paddy have resulted in environment

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Supreme Court to states: Implement Food Security Act -J Venkatesan

the court that the law would be implemented across the country. New Delhi: Even as the Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Centre, all states and Union Territories to implement provisions of the Food Security Act, attorney general K.K. Venugopal cautioned the court about issuing directions by expanding the scope of the petition relating to drought relief. A bench of Justices Madan B. Lokur and N.V. Ramana is monitoring the implementation of va

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Judges Can't Run Government, Ask For Miracles, Centre To Top Court

-NDTV A bench, headed by Justice M B Lokur, directed the Centre to set up state food commissions, as mandated under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013, even in the states not hit by drought. New Delhi: Judges cannot run a government and ask it to do "miracles", Attorney General K K Venugopal today told the Supreme Court while opposing fresh pleas being made by NGO 'Swaraj Abhiyan' in a PIL for relief measures in drought-hit

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

ou have a grievance? Of course not. However, in a judgement dated 21 July, 2017 by a two-judge Supreme Court (SC) bench, it has been observed that officers in charge of implementation of the National Food Security Act (NFSA), were also designated as District Grievance Redressal Officers (DGROs) by several state governments. Section 15 of NFSA The SC bench comprising Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice NV Ramana asked for appointment details of in

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Food for action: on Food Security in India

-The Hindu The Supreme Court directive should lead to better access under the Food Security Act The National Food Security Act, 2013, has met with prolonged political indifference, but there is some hope now since the Centre has been asked by the Supreme Court to ensure that States implement key aspects of the progressive law. The directives in the Swaraj Abhiyan case underscore the depressing reali

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Punjab's water stress foregrounds tough policy trade-offs -Sanjiv Shankaran

d units in India are overexploited, the figure rises to 76% in case of Punjab. It is the most water stressed Indian state. Punjab also happens to be India’s most important state in providing Food Security. It is a massive contributor to the cereal-dependent public distribution system. One way of looking at it is India’s Food Security is heavily dependent on a state which is perhaps the wor

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A field of her own -Tarini Mohan

d is key to incentivising the majority of India’s women farmers. This, coupled with the need to make investments to improve harvests, will result in increased productivity and improve household Food Security and nutrition. As has been determined from numerous studies conducted worldwide, women have a greater propensity to use their income for the needs of their households. Land-owning women’s offspring thus receive better nourishment and h

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Govt mulls LPG-like subsidy transfer for PDS foodgrain -Dipak K Dash

beneficiaries' failure to buy the foodgrains from the e-PoS enabled ration shop would result in no transfer of the subsidy for the next month. This will also ensure that beneficiaries under National Food Security Act don't use the subsidy amount for anything else. "In case of cooking gas subsidy, the consumer has a connection from a particular LPG supplier and government transfers the subsidy through the supplier concerned. But in case of PDS

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GST is no game changer for farmers, yet- Sathya Raghu & V Mokkapati

houses and shade nets. They should ideally be designated under the ‘Zero GST’ category along with food, milk, etc, as this will be essential for us to ensure farmer prosperity and achieve Food Security. Tax reforms go a long way in giving a leg up to a sector and in getting some of the good brains to think about it more seriously. For instance, in the power sector, after 100-per cent deductions under section 80(IA) of the Income Tax Act

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National policy for women to ensure food, shelter, health for poor families -Neetu Chandra Sharma

“The nutritious and safe food through public distribution system (PDS) for households especially the unreached women and children with high nutritional vulnerabilities as envisaged in National Food Security Act, 2013 will be made available,” the policy draft states. “Management of institutions of food/grain banks by women groups (SHGs) could be considered to enable uninterrupted supply of food grains even in times of natural/man-

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