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

ordeal. As the complaint 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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Millets to be procured at MSP for Public Distribution System: Agri minister -Zia Haq

ry has started a new programme to focus on millets or coarse cereal production, mostly grown by small and poor farmers New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government has decided to include millets in the Public Distribution System for which it is procuring these grains at federally fixed minimum support prices, agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh said. The agriculture ministry has started a new programme to focus on millets or coarse cereal producti

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

order which extends the deadline 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 o

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Right to Food Being Violated, Worsened By Aadhaar, Say People At Public Hearing

ons and continued to cause starvation deaths. Several families have been denied a ration card — primarily because of lacking Aadhaar — despite meeting the criteria for inclusion in the Public Distribution System under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) 2013. Debashish, a sarpanch from Koraput in Odisha, said that out of the 1,393 households in his Gram Panchayat, 175 households still did not have a ration card, even though they ha

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Public hearing reveals poor implementation of NFSA and other entitlement based schemes of the Central govt.

Denial of ration to eligible households The hearing began with testimonies from families that are denied a ration card, even though they meet their state’s criteria for inclusion in the Public Distribution System under the National Food Security Act. Balakram (an Adivasi from Chhattisgarh), Sharda Ben (a Dalit from Gujarat) and Pratap Singh (from Madhya Pradesh) testified about the denial of a ration card. Vishwanath from Jharkhand share

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Many faces of Maharashtra's agrarian crisis -Ketaki Ghoge

for generations. The tribals from Nashik, Thane, Palghar and Jalgaon districts also marched for better access to irrigation, to government welfare schemes – social pensions to foodgrains under Public Distribution System. Majority of these marginalised farmers have limited or no access to institutional credit, and loan waiver was not on the top of their agenda. Both, the farmers who undertook the march and those who went on strike, represent

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

he level of stunting, undernutrition, anaemia and low birth weight babies. There are government systems such as the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), Mid Day Meals Scheme (MDMS), Targeted Public Distribution System (TDPS) also in place. It is now imperative to synergise and ensure better monitoring to achieve the common goal of ending malnutrition. * How successfully has WFP aligned it’s activities with the government’s and

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After Universalising PoS and Iris Readers for PDS, AAP Govt Approves Doorstep Delivery of Rations -Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

e the problem of exclusions faced due to Aadhaar-linked Point of Sales (PoS) machines installed at ration shops, the Delhi cabinet today approved the scheme for doorstep delivery of rations under the Public Distribution System, food rights activists said the government is yet to issue a written order to delink Aadhaar from the system as promised by it late last month. In the cabinet meeting, chaired by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, the proposal f

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Odisha plans to introduce millets in PDS, mid-day meal by year end -Deepanwita Gita Niyogi

-Down to Earth The initiative will be launched in nine districts in a phased manner over a period of five years * This is the first of its kind as no state in India has ever millets into Public Distribution System, mid-day meal scheme and the Integrated Child Development Services together. * In PDS, ragi will be handed over to beneficiaries based on availability and preference initially in the tribal areas In order to ensure that people

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Want to file RTI? Head to this Kanpur tea stall -P Samuel Jonathan

, 70-year-old Ramesh Chandra Gupta, too became a friend and in months, the RTI Tea Stall, became his makeshift office where Yadav would receive hundreds of applications from people seeking justice in Public Distribution System, gas connections and house sites. Local newspapers ran stories on him and the BBC Hindi carried his interview, and Mr. Yadav became popular across the country. “I am a simple man trying to solve everyday problems fac

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