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Anaemia is a public health emergency that needs to be addressed immediately -Alok Kumar & Vedeika Shekhar

ism in its record against malnutrition. Despite major government interventions — including providing highly subsidised foodgrains to the poorest 67 per cent of the population under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), a free Mid-day Meal Scheme (MDM) that targets around 100 million students in government schools and a supplementary nutrition programme through the ICDS network — the country is home to the largest number of malnourished ch

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No change in MGNREGA wage rates observed between 2018-19 and 2019-20 for 4 states & 2 UTs

for only 59 percent. The CPI-Rural also provides for higher expenditure on education, medical care and transport and communication.   Against the backdrop of the enactment of National Food Security Act in 2013, the rate of inflation of CPI-AL (1986-87=100) and CPI-RL (1986-87=100) will be lower vis-à-vis the inflation rate of CPI-Rural (2012=100) in the recent years. It is because the former two indices give higher weights to fo

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MS Swaminathan, father of Green Revolution, interviewed by Jitheesh PM & Jipson John (

ome needs. If I am a rice-eating person, in Punjab for example, farmers grow Basmati rice. Even if the yield is a little less, they want to have good rice. Land use policy will be one for sustainable Food Security and sustainable agricultural trade, agricultural income. * India has been seeing unprecedented farm suicides after the adoption of economic liberalisation policies. How do free trade agreements and deregulation of import restrictions affe

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Odisha Has Several Good Schemes To Boost Nutrition, But Govt Must Ensure None Is Left Out: Expert

ttends to pregnant women and lactating mothers to provide iron and folic acid supplements, but the adolescent girls - who are the future mothers - get left out. He outlined that under the National Food Security Act 2013, three important schemes, the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS), the Mid Day Meal Scheme and the ICDS, are being implemented and being monitored by the Commission. The TPDS has 80 percent coverage in Odisha, while the MDMS

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MS Swaminathan, father of Green Revolution, interviewed by Vishwanath Kulkarni (The Hindu Business Line)

in different forms, such as free inputs, for instance, good seeds or fertiliser. Incomes could also be enhanced through higher purchases of the produce by the government to meet commitments under the Food Security Act. You can have free inputs and subsidised inputs or provide low-interest loans. I won’t say there’s one policy that’s relevant for the whole country. For horticulture crops, you need cold storage. We need to have a Ho

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How Aadhaar-based biometrics hurts PDS in India -Nikita Kwatra

distribution system (PDS) to tackle the longstanding issue of leakages. Critics, however, suggest that this has excluded many beneficiaries and increased the costs of operating India’s flagship Food Security programme. New research paints a mixed picture on the relative merits of biometric authentication in the PDS. In a new Economic and Political Weekly paper, Rakesh Allu of the Indian School of Business and others compare Aadhaar-based biom

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Food Security of farmers essential to check suicides -S Harpal Singh

i mandal of Adilabad district or other farmers who cultivate foodgrains for self-consumption like him — of a solution to control farmer suicides, he is most likely to point out towards ensuring Food Security for the poor agriculture community. “The distress brought upon by the failure of commercial crops like cotton and the volatility of markets can be by and large taken care of if the farmer does not have to worry about his next meal,&rdq

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3-fold hike in margin money to Delhi's ration dealers

ey. The ration dealers will get the benefit of the enhanced margin money from the month of March, the statement said. It includes rice and wheat distributed by ration dealers under the National Food Security Act, 2013, apart from sugar. The Delhi Ration Dealers Association had been demanding for a long time that margin money for manual distribution of food grains may be increased in order to enable them run fair price shops (FPSs) in a sustai

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Rash U-turns, half-baked plans -Jean Dreze

ity of the central government to social policy in the last five years. Maternity entitlements, a legal right of all Indian women (except those already covered in the formal sector) under the National Food Security Act 2013, were ignored for years and are brazenly violated to this day. The rights of workers employed under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act have also been undermined by budget crunches, erratic wage payments and the vagaries of

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Casting the Net: India's Public Distribution System after the Food Security Act -Jean Dreze, Prankur Gupta, Reetika Khera and Isabel Pimenta

sment of the public distribution system is presented in six of India’s poorest states—Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and West Bengal—soon after the National Food Security Act, 2013 came into force. Important gains have been made, including broader coverage, lower targeting errors, accelerated PDS reforms, and a greater political commitment to Food Security. In four

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