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AP's Anna Canteens feed 2.15 lakh people every day

-Deccan Chronicle Hyderabad: Anna Canteens in Andhra Pradesh, formed on the lines of Amma canteens in Tamil Nadu, is providing Food Security to its people. The canteens were named after former chief minister N T Rama Rao (NTR), who introduced Rs 2 a kilo rice scheme in 1983. NTR was affectionately called “Anna” (elder brother). The Akshaya Patra Foundation runs these canteens. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu introduced Anna

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Farmers and smartphone politics -Jitendra

ty government in Rajasthan announced that it would provide free smart phones with Internet connectivity as part of Raje’s poll promise. Only those families who are beneficiaries of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) in the state would be covered. The number of beneficiaries in the state are around one crore families. On September 5, Raje allocated Rs 270 crore for the “Bhamashah Digital Parivar Yojana” scheme, in Jaipur. In Chh

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Amarjeet Sinha, Rural development secretary, interviewed by Sayantan Bera and Elizabeth Roche (Livemint.com)

ays a month. Secondly, there is a fairly scientific methodology for fixing wages in MGNREGS and which is using the consumer price index for agricultural labour. Now with the expansion of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) across the country, rice at Rs.3 a kg and wheat at Rs.2 a kg—actually when the labour bureau does a survey of households, the basket of goods and services which determines the consumer price index for agricultural labour, 74

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If India Produces More Foodgrains Than It Needs, Why Are People Still Starving? -Aditi Goyal

orrespondingly, food, is the most substantive of all rights. “After a prolonged decline, world hunger appears to be on the rise again”, claims  a report titled ‘The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (2017)’ by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN. Nowhere is this more true than in India, which is home to 190.7 million undernourished people, the most in any country. While this may seem like a f

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Who Is Accountable for Starvation Deaths?

attisgarh and Uttar Pradesh. In each of these cases, fact- finding reports and newspaper stories have documented failures of the system in reaching entitlements to the affected families. The National Food Security Act (NFSA) includes provisions for subsidised grains from the public distribution system (PDS), school meals for schoolgoing children, maternity entitlements and supplementary nutrition for young children through anganwadi centres. In this p

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Hollowed out

illions of tonnes of foodgrains go to waste in India each year and around 55 per cent of the food procured by the food corporation is lost to leakages. This is not to mention the centralized model of Food Security in India wherein the PDS prioritizes rice and wheat over local produce; this has all but wiped out indigenous food chains. Add to that the decimation of forests and the denial of community rights over forest products. The mandate to link the

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Civil society groups ask for proper implementation of NFSA in Delhi to end starvation deaths in the future

the children aged 2, 4 and 8 died of starvation. While further details about the circumstances are awaited and the Abhiyan is also in the process of doing a fact finding report, the issue of lack of Food Security and social security of the poor and marginalised in Delhi is undeniable. The situation is especially dire for children, elderly and the homeless- who are the most vulnerable. The Abhiyan has repeatedly stressed the need to seriously stre

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Ramesh Chand, member, NITI Aayog, interviewed by Seetha (Firstpost.com)

ery state. The remaining crops are not. Arhar is produced in a particular belt, ragi is produced in Karnataka, bajra is produced mainly in Rajasthan. These crops were considered less important from a Food Security point of view. Besides, for the last two-three years, the government has expanded procurement operations. * So we are likely to see large scale procurement? I am not saying that. The method is to be decided. We are debating it. Procure

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MSP -- Unfair to farmers in food bowl states -Manjit S Kang

n price daily for whatever he sells, but farmers cannot do so.  They have been lulled by the Central government into accepting whatever price the government decides to give them. For the sake of Food Security, the Central government decided to purchase the two main food staples of India's majority of people — wheat and paddy — at a minimum support price (MSP) for each commodity. The MSP has been increasing only incrementally, bare

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Farm support prices come with hidden costs -Ashima Goyal

was unable to release even as food inflation was in double digits. The subsidy factor Food subsidies rose from ?9,200 crore in 1999-00 to ?1,36,901 crore in 2017-18. As diets diversify national Food Security should partly be based on coupons, not on excessive food stocks. Input subsidies compound distortions. Free electricity with procurement of water-intensive crops such as rice has led to over-extraction of ground water, flooding, leaching

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