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Onion tears and how to wipe them -Ashok Gulati & Siraj Hussain

decision to procure onions at Rs 800/quintal and state agencies procured 8.76 lakh tonnes. But in the absence of ample storage capacity in the state, onions had to be quickly disposed of through the PDS and open market operations at almost one-fifth the cost. The whole operation caused a loss of Rs 785 crore to the MP government. However, the more unusual aspect of the onion situation was that only a few months later, in August 2017, prices starte

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Why ABBA must go: on Aadhaar -Reetika Khera

ssing of judicial orders and even political action. Since then, there has been a perceptible improvement in programmes of social support including, but not limited to, the Public Distribution System (PDS). In Baran, it led to a recognition of the vulnerability of the Sahariyas — a tribal community in Baran — and a special PDS package consisting of free pulses and ghee being announced. Similar

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Hunger and the nation: Examining food politics and policy in India -Swati Saxena

ame the news of the tragic death of eleven-year-old Santoshi Kumari who died of starvation, asking for rice in her final words. The family was denied food rations from the Public Distribution System (PDS) as their Aadhaar was not linked to their ration card. This was followed by another death due to starvation in the same state. Baijnath Ravidas, a rickshaw puller, succumbed to long-term hunger as his family had neither ration card nor an Aadhaar numb

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Jean Dreze, development economist, interviewed by Santwana Bhattacharya (The New Indian Express)

-The New Indian Express NEW DELHI: Amid controversial reports of hunger deaths in Jharkhand due to PDS beneficiaries being turned away, economist Jean Dreze says that even official records show that a significant proportion of people are being deprived of food rations every month. In an interview with New Sunday Express, the prime mover behind the NREGA welfare scheme said “this does not mean that Aadhaar is solely responsible for the fa

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A welfare test for Aadhaar -Subhashis Banerjee

on and denial of benefits to the poor needs urgent attention The news last month of the starvation death of an 11-year-old girl in the Simdega district in Jharkhand, allegedly because of denial of PDS ration due to Aadhaar linking problems, is appalling. The Aadhaar ecosystem definitely needs to pass a stringent welfare test much more crucially than the privacy test. Aadhaar undeniably has potential, and can perhaps even be a “game changer

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Jharkhand 'starvation' death: How Santoshi's village makes it to two meals a day -Prashant Pandey

-The Indian Express Rice is not enough under PDS, but the only thing they can afford; potatoes are cheapest, but still costly; pulses, vegetables are out of the question; biscuits are a luxury; and Aadhaar is well-entrenched. Her hair brushed back, a comb tucked in her bun, Gudiya (26) is at ease this Tuesday afternoon. People from the administration are hovering around her, while six policemen keep a vigil on visitors. Officials from Jaldega

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Whiff of starvation in Jharkhand deaths -Shiv Sahay Singh

-The Hindu The public distribution system (PDS) and its disbursal of rations to the poor have come under the scanner in Jharkhand after three persons died recently, allegedly owing to lack of food. What happened? On September 28, Santoshi Kumari, an 11-year-old from Simdega district, died. Her mother, Koyli Devi, said the child died of hunger as the family was not getting rations under the State-run PDS

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Ration advice to states

the biometric identifier, the directive coming after a Jharkhand girl's recent death from alleged starvation. It has also asked state governments not to delete eligible households from the list of PDS beneficiaries for non-possession of Aadhaar cards and warned of strict action in case of violations. The Union food ministry clarified that names could be deleted from the ration card database only after a proper verification established "beyond

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Do not force bankers to do Aadhaar seeding: bank officers' body

ank accounts and also made Aadhaar compulsory for 135 schemes (of 35 ministries), including free cooking gas (LPG) to poor women, kerosene and fertiliser subsidy, targeted public distribution system (PDS) and MGNREGA. However, the Supreme Court has restricted the usage of Aadhaar to six schemes where the government provides benefits or subsidies to individuals. The confederation further urged the government to look for alternatives or add more w

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After starvation death case: Jharkhand minister scraps top state official's order on Aadhaar-PDS link -Prashant Pandey

ion. However, the report was never filed. Ranchi: Four days after questioning the directions given by the Jharkhand chief secretary on mandatorily linking Aadhaar to ration cards by April 5, state PDS Minister Saryu Roy Saturday passed an order cancelling the instructions issued by the government’s top official. Citing a Government of India circular of February 8, Roy said beneficiaries could produce any approved identity document to avail of

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