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SC to hear Swaraj Abhiyan's PIL on drought-hit states

Court deleted Uttar Pradesh and Odisha. In May last year, the apex court had directed the drought-hit states to provide highly subsidised food grains to the affected people under the National Food Security (NFS) Act. Please click here to read more.

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After LPG success, Narendra Modi government wants public to give up food subsidies -Sandip Das

aid it would be much more difficult to implement the Give-it-Up scheme for TPDS. As many as 82 crore people — two-thirds of the country’s population — are covered under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) while the LPG subsidy is limited to some 19 crore households. Food ministry sources NFSA beneficiary list appears to be “on the higher side”. While NFSA beneficiaries get monthly entitlement of 5 kg of rice, wheat o

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Giving short shrift to children's rights -Jean Dreze

hree years. A few examples, not exhaustive, are as follows. No maternity entitlements First, the Central government has violated women’s right to maternity entitlements under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 for more than three years. Under the Act, every pregnant woman is entitled to maternity benefits of ?6,000, unless she is already covered by maternity schemes in the formal sector. The Economic Survey 2015-16, in a welcome c

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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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