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Modi Government Gives Shock Treatment To Social Policy -Jean Dreze

guided sort. As things stand, social security for the informal sector in India builds on five critical programmes: the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA); the public distribution system (PDS); the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS); midday meals for school children; and pensions for widows, the elderly and disabled persons. All these programmes have suffered important setbacks during the last few years. The NREGA came under a

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Why govt-subsidised Amma, Indira canteens are lifesavers -Reetika Khera

ement – thus far missing – to our existing framework of food security programmes. The National Food Security Act (NFSA) included four important programmes: The Public Distribution System (PDS), the Mid-Day Meal (MDM) scheme, Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS or anganwadis) and finally, maternity benefits. Community kitchens, along with social security pensions, were part of an earlier proposal, but were eventually dropped due to

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PDS focus should be on people, not fingerprints -Geetanjali Krishna

and, is finding (the final results are being compiled) that despite the introduction of Aadhaar-Based Biometric Authentication (ABBA), the disbursal of foodgrain under the public distribution system (PDS) is neither easy, nor efficient. “Households have reported increased transaction costs,” says Khera. “The queues are longer, more trips to the ration shop are needed to get each month’s entitlement and many say they need to pul

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Safeguarding the interests of farmers -Nirmala Sitharaman

it difficult to comprehend that technology and policy are working together to remove discretion and opaqueness. The ongoing discourse, particularly in Tamil Nadu, on thePublic Distribution System (PDS), the procurement of grains/pulses from farmers, public storage in Food Corporation ofIndia godowns, commitments made in the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Direct Benefit Transfer, etc. is interesting. However, there are strands in this discourse whi

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SC bench observes apathy for legal provisions under NFSA by state govts.

e to access Section 29 of NFSA Section 29 of the NFSA requires setting up of Vigilance Committees for ensuring transparency and proper functioning of the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) and accountability of the functionaries in such a system. The SC bench said that the fact that Vigilance Committees have not been set up in spite of the passage of four years after the enactment of the NFSA is yet another indication of the lack of co

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Govt may scrap PDS -Dalip Singh

-Deccan Herald New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra on Monday said the government is likely to scrap public distribution scheme (PDS) system and transfer money directly to the accounts of poor beneficiaries after getting encouraging results from Haryana and Puducherry. Modi stated this during his Monday's informal discussion with BJP MPs from Delhi, J-K, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh. According to a press statemen

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Govt mulls LPG-like subsidy transfer for PDS foodgrain -Dipak K Dash

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: Food ministry is working on a pilot to emulate the direct cooking gas subsidy transfer scheme model for public distribution system (PDS) of subsidised foodgrains. The beneficiaries will get the subsidy amount in advance in their bank accounts and they will have to buy the foodgrains from any ration shop, which has got the electronic point of sale (e-PoS) devices. The food ministry recently sent three trainee IAS

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National policy for women to ensure food, shelter, health for poor families -Neetu Chandra Sharma

group of ministers on Tuesday would ensure food, shelter, health and free education for women and children of poor families. “The nutritious and safe food through public distribution system (PDS) for households especially the unreached women and children with high nutritional vulnerabilities as envisaged in National Food Security Act, 2013 will be made available,” the policy draft states. “Management of institutions of food/gra

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GST: PDS shops down shutters in Shimla -Bhanu P Lohumi

een deprived of subsidised ration due to the closure of fair price shops ever since the rollout of the GST. In Shimla, shutters on more than 50 per cent shops under the public distribution system (PDS) are down with a notice that the sale had been closed due to the GST. Consumers are taking rounds of the PDS shops, but no ration is available and depot holders complain that the State Civil Supply Corpo

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Aadhaar and multiple identity disorder -Rajendran Narayanan

NREGA workers because they’ve purportedly done close to 100 days of work in a year.   Identity in the Public Distribution System: Xavier has also been struggling to get rations under the PDS because he doesn’t have his “original” ration card and the dealer refuses to acknowledge the photocopy. Xavier’s wife, Indo Devi, was shouted at by the ration dealer for not producing the original, and they have stopped getting

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