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Jharkhand government not happy with direct transfer of food subsidy -Sanjoy Dey

Centre to withdraw its pilot project for direct transfer of food subsidy into account of beneficiaries in place of ration as it was causing immense trouble to the poor and was violating the National Food Security law, said state food minister Saryu Roy. Ranchi’s Nagri block was selected for country’s first large scale pilot, covering over 52,000 beneficiaries of ration card holders, for transferring food subsidy amount into their bank

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Icrier Study: Agri research & education funding heavily skewed

away from low-value staples towards high-value food commodities, implying that the agriculture production systems must change to address the growing food demand,” the study said. The issues of Food Security and under-nutrition have kept the focus of agriculture R&E on crop husbandry. The combined finance and revenue accounts of the Centre and states are taken into account for the study in R&E and extension as there is little data ava

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Jean Dreze, development economist and social activist, interviewed by Sagar (CaravanMagazine.in)

-CaravanMagazine.in The economist Jean Drèze’s book, Sense and Solidarity, published in late 2017, deals with the impact of Aadhaar on social-welfare programmes, such as the National Food Security Act and the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, among other things. Drèze was a member of the United Progressive Alliance government’s advisory council, which designed the NFSA and MGNREGS. He co-authored

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Improving social audits -Suchi Pande & Rakesh R Dubbudu

to make mandatory social audits a reality, the Central and State governments have exacerbated the implementation problems facing important social security legislations such as NREGA and the National Food Security Act. State of play A notable exception is Andhra Pradesh (now Andhra Pradesh and Telangana). In Telangana, the SAU has organised regular social audits on NREGA since 2008. It has completed eight rounds, organising 9,125 rural public he

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Feeding Hungry Children

r the moment, with the Niti Aayog rejecting this proposal at the recent meeting of the National Council on India’s Nutrition Challenges. Instead, it has stressed the need to follow the National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 and the Supplementary Nutrition (under the Integrated Child Development Services [ICDS] Scheme) Rules, 2017, and has recommended involving mothers in preparation of meals. The NFSA provides for one free meal a day for all ch

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Rs 33,000 crore boost to agriculture: Here's how Modi plans to double farmers' income by 2022

for three years — 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20. The ambitious programme has schemes such as Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture with a central outlay of Rs 7,533 crore; National Food Security Mission Rs 6,893 crore; National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture Rs 3,981 crore; and Submission on Agriculture Extension Rs 2,961 crore. In February this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared his four-point strategy to boost farme

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Jean Dreze, development economist and social activist, interviewed by Rupashree Nanda (CNN-News18)

under the Modi government can be summed up in two words: save money. That explains why NREGA wages are frozen in real terms, why maternity benefits are still being denied in violation of the National Food Security Act, and why the central contribution to social security pensions continues to stagnate at a measly Rs 200 per month. The last example is particularly striking as 60 eminent economists had written to the Finance Minister last December to rec

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On International Workers' Day, Twelve Thousand Workers Demand Increase in NREGA Wage Rate

t level vaccancies and stricter monitoring of field functionaires. Further demands relate to the immediate payment of maternity entitlements (Rs 6,000 per child without conditions) under the National Food Security Act, no dilution of the SC/ST Atrocities Act and an increase in pension amounts from the prevailing rate of Rs. 600 to Rs. 2,000 per month or at least half of minimum wage. Jai Bhim!         &

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'Chana farmers to lose Rs 6,170 crore' -Jayashree Bhosale

tc. According to Avik Saha, national convener Jai Kisan Andolan, “Price of food starts from MSP and if farmers don’t get MSP, they suffer losses and slowly move out of farming. So, for Food Security of the country, it’s extremely important for farmers to get MSP. This alert will help citizens and government to know what the ground reality is.” Please click here to read more.

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Facing the future of development -Ashish Kothari & Aseem Shrivastava

asily go into seven figures. Such compensation is not even a dream for any small or marginal food-grower in the country, someone who works much harder and who is immeasurably more significant for the Food Security of India. It is such daylight disparity between the lives of villagers and city-dwellers which constitutes the background to an increasingly simmering discontent amongst the poor in India’s villages and cities. Last month’s farme

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