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Death by digital exclusion? : on faulty public distribution system in Jharkhand -Shiv Sahay Singh

the paste of a wild fruit. There is no telling where the next meal will come from. Soren, Kisku and Hembram had ‘priority household’ cards that were later cancelled. Under the National Food Security Act, 2013, the PDS ensures 5 kg of foodgrain per person per month to those who hold these cards. Antyodaya families, or the poorest of the poor, are entitled to 35 kg of foodgrain per family per month under the Act. These people are not e

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MP Raju Shetti, Maharashtra's foremost farmer leader and president of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghtana, interviewed by Ajaz Ashraf (

farmer leader and president of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghtana. In this interview, Shetti explains why zero budget farming, if implemented on a large-scale, will prove disastrous for India and imperil Food Security. * Ajaz: What do you think of zero budget natural farming, which has created quite a buzz because of Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s focus on it? Raju: To begin with, my objection is to the term, zero budget farming.

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Promises and Priorities - An Analysis of Union Budget (2019-20) -CBGA

socio-economic development issues that need to be addressed through fiscal interventions. We have focused on social sectors (such as education, health, drinking water and sanitation, nutrition and Food Security etc.), agriculture, employment and the responsiveness of the Budget towards the vulnerable sections of the population (such as women, children, dalits, adivasis, religious minorities and persons with disabilities). The publication is shar

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'One nation one ration card' scheme from July 1, 2020 -Priscilla Jebaraj

s given one more year to use point of sale machines in ration shops, says Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan New Delhi: ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ scheme, which will allow portability of Food Security benefits, will be available across the country from July 1, 2020. This means poor migrant workers will be able to buy subsidised rice and wheat from any ration shop in the country, so long as their ration cards are linked to Aadhaar. All

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Govt. to offer extra subsidised foodgrain -Dipak K Dash & Sidhartha

rains at subsidised rates to offload massive stocks piled up in granaries due to a liberal support price regime and also add a kilo of sugar to the monthly ration for beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act (NFSA). Over the next few days, the Union Cabinet is expected to decide on providing additional 2 kg grains to every NFSA beneficiary on a monthly basis — a move that will increase the monthly quota to 7 kg. While 81 crore indiv

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Anaemia is a public health emergency that needs to be addressed immediately -Alok Kumar & Vedeika Shekhar

ism in its record against malnutrition. Despite major government interventions — including providing highly subsidised foodgrains to the poorest 67 per cent of the population under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), a free Mid-day Meal Scheme (MDM) that targets around 100 million students in government schools and a supplementary nutrition programme through the ICDS network — the country is home to the largest number of malnourished ch

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No change in MGNREGA wage rates observed between 2018-19 and 2019-20 for 4 states & 2 UTs

for only 59 percent. The CPI-Rural also provides for higher expenditure on education, medical care and transport and communication.   Against the backdrop of the enactment of National Food Security Act in 2013, the rate of inflation of CPI-AL (1986-87=100) and CPI-RL (1986-87=100) will be lower vis-à-vis the inflation rate of CPI-Rural (2012=100) in the recent years. It is because the former two indices give higher weights to fo

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MS Swaminathan, father of Green Revolution, interviewed by Jitheesh PM & Jipson John (

ome needs. If I am a rice-eating person, in Punjab for example, farmers grow Basmati rice. Even if the yield is a little less, they want to have good rice. Land use policy will be one for sustainable Food Security and sustainable agricultural trade, agricultural income. * India has been seeing unprecedented farm suicides after the adoption of economic liberalisation policies. How do free trade agreements and deregulation of import restrictions affe

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Odisha Has Several Good Schemes To Boost Nutrition, But Govt Must Ensure None Is Left Out: Expert

ttends to pregnant women and lactating mothers to provide iron and folic acid supplements, but the adolescent girls - who are the future mothers - get left out. He outlined that under the National Food Security Act 2013, three important schemes, the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS), the Mid Day Meal Scheme and the ICDS, are being implemented and being monitored by the Commission. The TPDS has 80 percent coverage in Odisha, while the MDMS

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MS Swaminathan, father of Green Revolution, interviewed by Vishwanath Kulkarni (The Hindu Business Line)

in different forms, such as free inputs, for instance, good seeds or fertiliser. Incomes could also be enhanced through higher purchases of the produce by the government to meet commitments under the Food Security Act. You can have free inputs and subsidised inputs or provide low-interest loans. I won’t say there’s one policy that’s relevant for the whole country. For horticulture crops, you need cold storage. We need to have a Ho

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