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India slips in human development index

o; of “combining social protection with appropriate employment strategies”. The report noted with approval India’s progressive laws, especially the Right to Information, National Food Security, and Right to Education Acts. It commended the Indian grassroots group Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sanghatan for popularising social audits of government schemes. Gender disparity Noting that women, on an average, have lower HDI than men a

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What are the lessons learnt from the Right to Food case? -Apurva Vishwanath

with an excess of around 40 million tonnes of foodgrains that year. Weeks later, the Right to Food Campaign, a civil society network of activists and organizations, moved the apex court to secure Food Security for Indians. The case—People’s Union for Civil Liberties v Union of India (popularly known as the Right to Food case)—sought to transform the government’s policy choices on food into enforceable rights for the citizen

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Closed mill robs farmers of sugarcane sweetness

ha in the current rabi season with introduction of Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative, Ratoon Management (Ratooning is a practice of growing a crop from the stubbles of previous crop) and the National Food Security Mission (NFSM)  under State Plan. The farmers said crushing of sugarcane normally begins in December and harvesting at the right time not only ensures high sweetness content in the crop but also right weight. They are already three

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Reducing food waste vital for India's Food Security -Shyam Khadka

oodgrain production during 2015-16 was estimated at 252.23 million tonnes, five times higher compared to 50 million tonnes in 1950-51. However, adequate food production is not sufficient to ensure Food Security. Not all food produced is consumed, as an enormous amount of food is lost or wasted. A 2011 Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report puts this figure at one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year, whic

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PIL on Aadhaar for PDS foodgrains: HC seeks Centre's reply

ore the next date of hearing on April 24. The bench also sought the stand of the Delhi government on the plea which seeks disbursal of subsidised foodgrains to the beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), without asking for Aadhaar. The public interest litigation (PIL) has sought quashing of the Centre's February 8 notification, making it mandatory to have an Aadhaar card for availing benefits under NFSA, saying it violates the

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Making a meal

to deliver nutritious food to remote areas. Even if the food ingredients make it to these areas, kitchens to cook them in are not available within the schools. The community kitchens mandated by the Food Security Act proved to be a non-starter. The government is wrong if it believes that mandatory Aadhar cards for 100 million schoolchildren would solve such problems. Please click here to read more.

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Aadhaar Order on Mid-Day Meal Denounced as 'Attack On Children's Right to Food'

t to coerce people to enrol their children under Aadhaar. School meals are an important entitlement of Indian children, legally enforceable under Supreme Court orders as well as under the National Food Security Act. Numerous studies show that India’s mid-day meal scheme has made an important contribution to higher school attendance, better child nutrition and more effective learning. Mid-day meals also help to break the barriers of class and

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Budget unmindful of income inequality -MA Oommen

n being the most desired goals, building the capabilities of individuals as well as the institutional architecture and social arrangements to improve them (public provision for education, healthcare, Food Security) assume importance. In the Indian federal context, policy and instrumental choices will have to promote continuing convergence towards income, health and education. No budget so far has ever thought of it, leave alone strategised it. That

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In a village in Uttar Pradesh, food is always on the minds of its residents -Supriya Sharma

rdquo; said Bhole Nath, a resident of the Harijan basti. Through January and February, potatoes with rotis and rice was the staple in most kitchens. In July 2013, the Centre passed the National Food Security Act that guarantees subsidised foodgrains to two-thirds of the country’s population. The Uttar Pradesh government woke up to it in September 2015. Under the law, the Central government bears the cost of providing five kilos of foodg

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What's in a unique number? -Swati Narayan

on food ministry issued an unprecedented diktat. It has insisted that each family member must possess an Aadhaar number within four months, to be eligible for subsidised foodgrains under the National Food Security Act. This ties in with the larger plan for all ration shops by 2019 to verify Aadhaar biometrics at every transaction. So, not only must 210 million families possess unique numbers for each member, they must also queue up every month to prov

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