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Family in Uttar Pradesh's Bareilly claims woman died of starvation after they were denied rations

starvation. An official was quoted as saying by The Indian Express on Wednesday that the woman had been unwell for the past few days. The family has alleged that it was not given rations under the Public Distribution System for November because Shakina, who is marked as the head of the family in the ration card, was too ill to even be taken to the shop. “My wife died because of hunger,” said Mohammed Ishaq. “We used to take her to

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Why ABBA must go: on Aadhaar -Reetika Khera

ronts, which included the passing 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 action is requir

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Sense and Solidarity: Jholawala Economics for Everyone review:Field work -Puja Mehra

e book is a compilation of op-eds, published mainly in The Hindu, under 10 broad themes such as Drought and Hunger, Poverty, School Meals, Health Care, Employment Guarantee, and Food Security and the Public Distribution System. He has updated the pieces with introductions, background notes, statistical and bibliographic sources. Action research is not a collection of principles, theories and methods as academic research tends to be. It supports an

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

n and Afghanistan. Next came 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 rat

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

famine that killed millions in the 1940s. Recent reports of hunger deaths in Jharkhand have brought the focus back on food security, particularly among populations that are crucially dependent on the Public Distribution System (PDS). That after so many years of independence, India still struggles to reach food to hungry mouths and shows up big on the world map of malnutrition, despite its overflowing granaries, speaks volumes about the country&rsqu

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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 for the past several months. The fami

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Ration advice to states

-The Telegraph New Delhi: The government has instructed states not to deny benefits under the Public Distribution System to beneficiaries who don't have Aadhaar numbers or haven't linked their ration cards to 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 A

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Malnutrition kills more Indians than any specific disease, yet successive governments pay scant -Rema Nagarajan

nt funds to treat NCDs among those who can’t afford the rapidly escalating cost of private healthcare? Besides poverty alleviation measures, government efforts include interventions like the Public Distribution System. Increasingly, these are targeted narrowly at the ‘poor’, officially just 24% of the population, ignoring the fact that the malnourished are more numerous – according to the 2015-16 National Family Health Surve

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The viability crisis in Indian agriculture -CP Chandrasekhar and Jayati Ghosh

consumer from increases in market prices at rates much higher than the procurement price. On the first problem, the Government decided to dispose of the stocks it procured and accumulated through the Public Distribution System, which was already in place to manage regional differences in food grain availability. This was to be done at affordable prices, which given the procurement, storage and transportation costs incurred by the government, had to

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

Aadhaar number for opening bank 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 fo

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