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From plate to plough: An unfulfilled farm manifesto -Ashok Gulati & Siraj Hussain

f almost 2 million tonnes. Given the short shelf life of pulses, the challenge is to continuously rotate this stock to stabilise prices. Since most states are reluctant to distribute pulses under the PDS, procuring agencies will have to sell in the open market or give to large organisations like the army. So far, just 1.2 lakh tonnes have been sold from the buffer stock; even the quantity procured/imported in 2015-16 is yet to be disposed of. That is

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Government to focus on nutrition security of 23 crore PDS members: Ram Vilas Paswan

-PTI NEW DELHI: In the next two years, the government today said it will focus on nutritional security of the country's two-third poor population registered with the public distribution system (PDS) under the food law. The food law aims to provide legal entitlement of 5 kg subsidised foodgrains per person every month at Rs 1-3/kg to 23.3 crore registered members. The law was passed by Parliament in September 2013, during the previous UPA regim

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Aadhaar linkage creating hurdles for tribals -Sumit Bhattacharjee

n has increased, says IIT professor Reetika Khera In Bandaveedhi village in Paderu in Visakhapatnam agency, 400 residents had gone without the basic food items from the public distribution system (PDS) in April, as the officer concerned had a marriage at home and had no time to switch on the biometric machine that would record the finger prints of the beneficiaries. In Kasimkota, Padma, 70, was sent back on Wednesday after she trekked about 3 km in

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Baseless Aadhaar and its many flaws: When the poor lose their thumb prints -Osama Manzar & Eshita Mukherjee

he is yet to receive her UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India). Since she is not an Aadhaar Card holder, she is not entitled to subsidised food grains under the public distribution system (PDS). In the absence of an Aadhaar Card, she is also deprived of various other government entitlements, including the right to work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). Ninety-year-old Fefi Devi and her husband Na

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90% of PDS wheat in Madhya Pradesh diverted illegally: State Agriculture Minister -Milind Ghatwai

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Agriculture Minister Gaurishankar Bisen has reportedly said in a closed-door government meeting that 90 per cent of the wheat procured for distribution in his state through the PDS system is diverted illegally. The statement attributed to Bisen, who refused to elaborate on it later, comes at a time when there is talk about significant increase in wheat production in Madhya Pradesh. On Friday, at a meeting of the Commission fo

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PDS foodgrains cannot be denied to all those eligible: High Court

-PTI The Delhi High Court today made it clear to the Centre that persons entitled under the public distribution system (PDS) scheme cannot be denied subsidised foodgrains. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra said the “persons entitled under the scheme cannot be denied subsidised foodgrains” and it wanted to ensure that “not only the poor” but all those “eligible” should avail th

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After LPG success, Narendra Modi government wants public to give up food subsidies -Sandip Das

e to cut its rising food subsidy bill. Sources told FE that the Union food ministry in a communication to states has said Give-it-Up should be promoted under the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS). The ministry wants all the 5-lakh-odd fair price shops in the country to display the “real cost of the subsidy” for rice and wheat so that those who can do without the sop could be persuaded to give it up. The Centre expends Rs 21.09 per

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Why Aadhaar cannot deliver anything it promises -Anupam Saraph

dquo;Aadhaar played a big role in streamlining benefit delivery — LPG, kerosene, pensions, scholarships, etc — which proved to be very successful”. The government’s data on PDS from Rajasthan, Chattisgarh, Andhra and Telangana highlight 38-80% beneficiaries have been deprived of rations. The CAG has observed that more than 4.53 crore domestic LPG consumers could not avail of subsidised cylinders during 2015-16. Aadhaar ac

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Feeding insecurities -Reetika Khera

sed Biometric Authentication (ABBA) is necessary to improve the delivery of welfare programmes such as the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA), Public Distribution System (PDS), social security pensions, and so on. This is a misconception. We have been studying these programmes for a decade, focusing mainly on the source of leakages and how the states are trying to plug them. The findings suggest that the UPA-2 governmen

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A shaky Aadhaar -Usha Ramanathan

on raised in the context of the UID project Coercion, illegality, contempt of court and exclusion have become characteristics by which people recognise the UID project. It started with its use in PDS and LPG, but, by now, has spread like a contagion to all manner of databases. In just the last 20 days, the government has issued notifications at a frenetic pace making the UID number mandatory in a range of databases. Children are not to get their m

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