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Food ministry pushes for increase in allocation of subsidised food grains -Rituraj Tiwari

-The Economic Times NEW DELHI: The food ministry has revived the proposal to increase by 2 kg each the allocation of subsidised food grains to 810 million poor people covered under the National Food Security Act. Food minister Ram Vilas Paswan has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his approval for this proposal, which has been lying before the Cabinet for some time. If the proposal gets clearance, it will help the government o

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Government violates NFSA, thousands of women deprived of maternity benefits; reveals survey -Jaideep Deogharia

-The Times of India RANCHI: Noted economist Jean Dreze has accused the Centre of violating National Food Security Act by depriving a section of women from maternity benefits which is otherwise guaranteed under NFSA-2013. Survey conducted by Sakina Dhorajiwala of Libtech India along with students from Delhi University, Central University of Tamil Nadu, Tata Institute of Social Service (TISS) and Ranchi University in June 2019 has revealed that

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Centre Rejects Kerala's Demand for Free Rice for Flood Victims

victims of floods and heavy rainfall, according to a report in Mathrubhumi. The report also stated that the Centre refused to consider the request to provide rice at Rs 3 per kg under the National Food Security Act (NFSA). Instead, the Centre is willing to supply rice at the minimum support price of Rs 26 per kg. According to the report, the Kerala government is yet to decide whether it will avail this offer. The government of Kerala had decl

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Explained: Why One Nation, One Ration Card scheme could be a boon for poor migrants -Mehr Gill

price shops) under the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS). Over the years, different types of ration cards were issued depending on the level of deprivation. Later, in 2013, when the National Food Security Bill (NFSA) was passed, different ration cards were compressed to just two — priority and Antyodaya (for the most poor). The responsibility of identifying eligible families and issuing ration cards to them rests with the state/UT gover

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Solar pump scheme needs serious relook -Chandra Bhushan

ifers. The states are today shelling out around Rs 50,000 crore every year as electricity subsidy for agriculture. This is unsustainable in every aspect, including the long-term future of farmers and Food Security of the country. The World Bank predicts that around 60% of the aquifers in India will be in a critical state by 2032 if we do not change the current practice of overexploitation of groundwater for irrigation. Large-scale deployment of sol

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Linking farmers to futures market in India -Tirtha Chatterjee, Raghav Raghunathan and Ashok Gulati

ions for the FPOs, NCDEX, as well as the government for better results: (1) Both FPOs and NCDEX need to focus initially on commodities not pereceived by the Government as ‘sensitive’ from Food Security point of view so that minimum disruption takes place in futures markets. This will help them gain confidence in the functioning of futures markets; (2) NCDEX needs to identify production centres, build delivery centres around them and encour

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Transforming livelihoods through farm ponds -Nirmalya Choudhury & Sachin Tiwale

in providing supplemental irrigation in the kharif season and an enhanced irrigation coverage in rabi. The yield of paddy, the most important crop in kharif, stabilised, thus contributing to greater Food Security. Retention of water Farm ponds retained water for 8-10 months of the year; thus farmers could enhance cropping intensity and crop diversification within and across seasons. The area used to cultivate vegetables and other commercial cro

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The makings of a digital kleptocracy -Reetika Khera

undermined. In 2017, my co-author and I wanted to check what proportion of beneficiaries receive their pensions or rations using data provided through government portals, for example the National Food Security Act and State social security pensions. We found data without dictionaries, abbreviations that were not spelt out anywhere, figures that were inconsistent across different pages of the same website, and missing or broken links. It took us mo

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How the Centre Can Ensure Women Receive Maternity Benefits -Vanita Leah Falcao, KC Sachin and Sabhil Nath Painkra

policies, however implementation is where the real problem lies. Though this is largely true, in the case of the PMMVY, both design and implementation issues exist simultaneously. The National Food Security Act 2013 (NFSA) recognises the right of every mother to a maternity benefit of no less than Rs 6,000, that is to be provisioned via schemes framed by the Central government. Given this, the PMMVY should account for the universal right to mat

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From Plate to Plough: A win-win deal -Ashok Gulati

r in a policy shift that can save the exchequer least Rs 50,000 crore every year. The government can invest this in agri-R&D and better water management, in measures to ensure the country’s Food Security for the next 25 years and to augment farmers’ incomes. Let us first talk about the food subsidy. The food subsidy allocation in the budget is Rs 1,84, 220 crore — let us say Rs 1.84 lakh crore. How many are aware that the pend

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