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Close to a quarter of households in 13 states have faced corruption in 2018, shows a recent study

g any of the nine public services has almost halved - from 52 percent in 2005 to 27 percent in 2018. The public services which have been availed between 2005 and 2018 are: Public Distribution System (PDS), Health/ Hospital, School Education, Electricity, Water Supply, Housing/ Land Records, Police, Banking Services and Judiciary. In the last 13 years, the proportion of households (rural and urban combined) experiencing corruption pertaining to Pol

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75% households feel corruption went up, 27% say paid bribe: Study

ar, Delhi, Gujarat, Karantaka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and Bengal. The report covered 11 public services -- public distribution system (PDS), electricity, health, school education, water supply , banking services, police, judicial services, land/housing and transport and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS, only rural). The study by CMS, a not-for-profit,

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Jean Dreze, development economist and social activist, interviewed by Rupashree Nanda (CNN-News18)

ogramme has become so complex that it is ill-suited for large-scale relief at short notice. The public distribution system is filling that gap to some extent. But in areas like Bundelkhand, where the PDS is still in bad shape, the human consequences of drought can be very severe. Finally, the uncertainties and vulnerabilities of rural life have recently been compounded not only by the demonetisation blunder but also by growing chaos in the banking sys

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Food crisis in death village -ASRP Mukesh

-The Telegraph PDS shop licence revoked in Palamau's Loinga Ranchi: Residents of Loinga village of Palamau, who are yet to overcome the shock of losing four toddlers during a routine immunisation drive earlier this month, are battling a food crisis that got worse last week when the PDS shop from where they picked up ration was shut down after its licence was revoked. Palamau district administrati

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People protest after denial of ration over Aadhaar seeding -Nisha Nambiar

to the public distribution office failed to yield any result, these women have resorted to protest against the government’s inhumane approach. They want the names of Public Distribution System (PDS) beneficiaries should be displayed outside every fair price shop and no beneficiary should be denied the ration due to Aadhaar. Please click here to read more.

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Soon, real-time e-database of ration cards to weed out fakes -Dipak K Dash

s of migrant workers to get subsidised foodgrains irrespective of the place from where the cards are issued. A source in the food and public distribution ministry said an Integrated Management of PDS Network (IMPDSN) will be set up on the lines of GSTIN and it will be rolled out phase-wise from next month. The government will assign a unique identity number to each ration card and the integrated online

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Recent SC Order on Aadhaar is a blow to Welfare: Right to Food Campaign

line for Aadhaar linking of facilities such as bank accounts and SIM cards, but permits the continued imposition of Aadhaar on social services and entitlements such as the Public Distribution System (PDS), the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) and social security pensions,” the RFC noted in a media release. The order, according to them, perpetuates a long-standing double standard. While the concerns of the privileged class due t

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Public hearing reveals poor implementation of NFSA and other entitlement-based schemes

/or identity proof. On the other hand, poor citizens, who had received their aadhaar, did not get the full benefits of various social welfare schemes on time like old age pension, disability pension, PDS ration etc despite trying their best. In short, having an aadhaar did not guaranty the beneficiaries proper delivery of services or benefits under various social welfare schemes/ programmes.    Please click here to access the press releas

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Dr. Hameed Nuru, World Food Programme Country Director, interviewed by Soma Basu (The Hindu)

is WFP mainstreaming the gender components in its programmes to fight malnutrition? Cite some specific examples. It is being done in multiple ways. For instance, the end-to-end computerisation of TPDS has been done successfully in Odisha and Kerala by supporting the database digitisation of all stakeholders. This addressed challenges like fake and bogus ration cards and ensured no eligible woman under the National Food Security Act (2013) gets left

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