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MSP -- Unfair to farmers in food bowl states -Manjit S Kang

n price daily for whatever he sells, but farmers cannot do so.  They have been lulled by the Central government into accepting whatever price the government decides to give them. For the sake of Food Security, the Central government decided to purchase the two main food staples of India's majority of people — wheat and paddy — at a minimum support price (MSP) for each commodity. The MSP has been increasing only incrementally, bare

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Farm support prices come with hidden costs -Ashima Goyal

was unable to release even as food inflation was in double digits. The subsidy factor Food subsidies rose from ?9,200 crore in 1999-00 to ?1,36,901 crore in 2017-18. As diets diversify national Food Security should partly be based on coupons, not on excessive food stocks. Input subsidies compound distortions. Free electricity with procurement of water-intensive crops such as rice has led to over-extraction of ground water, flooding, leaching

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Deliver PDS grains at doorstep to check starvation death, Centre tells states

for online grievance redressal, toll-free helplines, installation of PoS (point of sale) machines, online capturing of transaction are key reforms to be undertaken for effective implementation of the Food Security law. In the meeting, the Odisha government sought higher allocation of subsidised foodgrains taking into account six per cent increase in the state population to 4.30 crore. The state also sought central government intervention in ensurin

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Changing rainfall patterns cause for worry in India -Nidhi Jamwal

The meteorological department’s analysis of annual rainfall for the past 50 years has found significant increasing or decreasing trends in districts that could put a spanner into India’s Food Security scenario. Since June 13, there has been a hiatus in the advance of southwest monsoon in the country due to the weakening of its circulation pattern. This dry spell is expected to soon change as the monsoon is likely to advance further ove

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Odisha is breaking the patriarchy, one deed at a time -Ashwaq Masoodi

he post-2015 sustainable development goals (SDGs) of the UN. It is considered to have a potentially transformational role in the achievement of four of the 17 SDGs, including ending poverty, ensuring Food Security, achieving gender equality, and empowering women. Land is a state subject in India, so success, whether in terms of statistics or ground reality, is determined by the steps state governments take. Odisha’s gender story In the 198

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Smallholder farming systems in the Indian Himalayas: Key trends and innovations for resilience -Prakriti Mukerjee, Reetu Sogani, Nawraj Gurung, Ajay Rastogi & Krystyna Swiderska

uctivity. They have responded by innovating to increase resilience and yields, using traditional knowledge, biodiversity and external knowledge. This report explores key trends in livelihoods, Food Security, crop diversity and biocultural heritage across ten communities; the biocultural innovations developed in response to climatic and socioeconomic changes; and the social factors that have supported biocultural innovation. Please click her

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People spend 13 hours to access direct benefit transfers in Ranchi -Mayank Jain

s than 24 hours, the average time spent by each person is high, partly because some people had to spend up to 96 hours in the wait to claim the benefits that are guaranteed to them under the National Food Security Act.  As a matter of fact, the study found that people are so unsatisfied with the DBT system being piloted by the government that they want to return to the previous system of grains distribution through PDS at Rs1 per kg. Almost

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Government's inaction leading to continuation of starvation deaths in Jharkhand

st ten months, at least 12 persons have succumbed to hunger in Jharkhand. Instead of taking action against functionaries whose lapses have led to these deaths and measures to improve the situation of Food Security in the state, Jharkhand government has denied hunger as the cause of any of these deaths and absolved itself of any blame. Instead, the State Food Minister, Mr. Saryu Roy, has made a series of fallacious claims and accusations against activi

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Despite opposition from Gram Sabhas, cash transfer ordeal continues in Nagri block (Jharkhand)

10. On 28 May 2018, the Government of Jharkhand wrote to the Central Government requesting permission to discontinue the DBT pilot in Nagri. The letter argues that this pilot violates the National Food Security Act (NFSA) – correct, but then why was it started in the first place? Four months after the 26 February demonstration, the government is yet to take a decision on the DBT pilot. It has not even released the social audit report. Mean

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Charge farmers for water, remove sops on water-guzzling crops: report -Sanjeeb Mukherjee

Nitin Gadkari, who was the chief guest at the launch along with top agriculture ministry officials, seemed to disagree with some of the findings of the study. He wondered what would happen to India's Food Security if wheat and rice aren't grown in states like Punjab and Haryana. Also, stopping sugarcane cultivation in water-scarce regions of Maharashtra overnight won’t be possible. Therefore efforts should be made to towards more judicious us

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