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Regulator sets up scientific panel on food fortification and nutrition -Sounak Mitra

a draft plan to make supply of fortified food mandatory for government-supported schemes such as mid-day meal at schools, Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and Public Distribution System (PDS). FSSAI will carry out the exercise in collaboration with the Union ministry of women and child development. “The panel will identify critical nutritional gaps in the Indian diet in general as well as in specific target groups based on diet s

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Before Universal Basic Income, We Must First Get Social Spending Basics Right -Anjana Thampi and Ishan Anand

d the UBI and needs to be reasserted. The UBI is just a mode of transferring money from the government to its citizens. Various modes of transfer already exist; some of them are in-kind transfers (PDS, mid-day meals), some are subsidies and others are in the form of cash transfers (pensions, LPG). The Survey makes a case for UBI by citing the misallocations and leakages in the existing schemes. We believe that the question of poverty and deprivatio

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Government makes Aadhaar mandatory for availing PDS foodgrains

-PTI NEW DELHI: After cooking gas LPG, the government on Thursday made Aadhaar mandatory for availing subsidised foodgrains from the ration shops with a view to better the target of Rs 1.4 lakh crore subsidy under the food security law. The government has given time to those not having the biometric-based unique identification number to apply for Aadhaar by June 30. The government issued a notification to this effect but did stop short of saying that subsidised foodgrains will not be

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Rewiring the WTO -Biswajit Dhar

the poor should be provided subsidised food. This issue arose after questions were raised as to whether public stockholding of food, which is at the heart of India’s Public Distribution System (PDS), meets the WTO disciplines on agricultural subsidies. After India countered the viewpoints of the countries questioning its PDS, an understanding was reached where even if India breached agricultural subsi

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Drawing up a diet plan -Sonalde Desai

India’s malnutrition statistics, we may well be disappointed. According to a study by Himanshu and Abhijit Sen, even before the NFSA is fully implemented, use of the public distribution system (PDS) expanded sharply with proportion of households getting PDS subsidy rising from about 25% in 2004-05 to 50% in 2011-12. However, decline in child malnutrition has been far more modest. A patchy record

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Cash-for-all worth a debate: Economic Survey

go-ahead to the UBI. Or so one might tentatively infer," it said. Based on a survey on misallocation of resources for the six largest central sector and centrally sponsored subschemes (except PDS and fertiliser subsidy) across districts, the survey points out that districts where the needs are greatest are precisely the ones where state capacity is the weakest. "This suggests that a more efficient way to help the poor would be to provide

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Project Of Defiance -Apar Gupta & Prasanna S

litigation against it in the Supreme Court. The cases draw on substantive critiques, including exclusion and deprivation caused by the usage of Aadhaar in provisioning essential services such as the PDS and MGNREGA, breaches of individual privacy and threats to national and individual security in the way the project has been conceived and implemented. Such concerns are not pure policy matters but interact with constitutionally protected fundamental r

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FSSAI sets nutritional benchmarks to fortify food items for PDS, midday meals -Sushmi Dey

-The Times of India The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has released benchmarks to fortify the nutritional quality of food items used in social sector programmes such as ICDS, PDS and midday meals, such as rice, wheat flour, milk, edible oil and salt.Food fortification helps combat malnutrition through staple food items. The government is trying to push such products through government schemes to counter problems like stunting,

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Demonetisation brings digital dividend to Kerala, 14,500 ration shops to get e PoS machines -M Sarita Varma

y in rural areas to ensure uninterrupted internet connection, before introducing micro-ATM facility at all fair-price shops. Although the introduction of Aadhaar-based biometric authentication in the PDS (public distribution system) is part of the national agenda, as an early bird in e-governance, the southern state has a head start in setting up a micro-ATM chain in ration shops. Sources told FE that a pre-bid meeting ahead of inviting tenders for

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Private firms collecting Aadhaar data not a great idea, says SC -Utkarsh Anand

-The Indian Express The apex court had earlier permitted voluntary use of Aadhaar cards in social welfare schemes such as LPG subsidy, PDS, MGNREGA, pension schemes and provident fund. New Delhi: THE SUPREME Court Thursday declined to expedite hearing of Aadhaar cases challenging the constitutional validity of the initiative but observed that data collection by private agencies might not be “a great idea”. Chief Justice of India

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