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Aadhaar: When the Poor Get Left Out -Anjali Bhardwaj and Amrita Johri

very poor and the homeless — for reasons such as not being on the Aadhaar data base, not having a fixed address and failing the biometric identification test. Anjali Bhardwaj and Amrita Johri, Right to Food activists, point out why Aadhaar initiative is not only ill-suited to prevent corruption but could also rob the needy of their basic state support. As the Aadhaar matter comes up in the Supreme Court, it is perhaps a good time to assess h

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Introducing ragi in the PDS is fraught with challenges -Mamata Pradhan and Devesh Roy

ring in nutrition benefits. The proponents of PDS product portfolio expansion advocate the move precisely on these grounds. Biraj Pattnaik, principal advisor to the Supreme Court commissioners on the Right to Food, argues: “It’s time for the PDS to diversify in a basket of foods. We are giving cereals but we should also look at distributing millets, pulses, oils, and possibly even fruits, eggs and milk to provide wholesome nutrition.&rdquo

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Hunger whiff in death

-The Telegraph Ranchi: An elderly woman, who was allegedly denied ration for three months because of Aadhaar data mismatch, starved to death on December 25, a report released by the Right to Food Campaign said on Tuesday. Etwaria Devi (67), a resident of Sonpurwa village in Majhiaon block of Garhwa, 225km from the state capital, was purportedly the fifth victim of hunger in the state last year although the glaring cause of these deaths have ne

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Civil society activists allege another hunger death in Jharkhand due to failure of aadhaar-based biometric authentication

-Press note from Right to Food Campaign, Jharkhand   Etwariya Devi, a 67-year-old widow, died of hunger and exhaustion on 25 December in Sonpurwa village of Majhiaon block of Garhwa district (Jharkhand). She lived with her son Ghura Vishwakarma, daughter-in-law Usha Devi and their three children in a dilapidated kutcha house. The family has a hand-to-mouth existence and is routinely unable to access adequate nutrition. Surviving the d

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Obscenity of hunger deaths -Jayati Ghosh The farce being played out in the name of Aadhaar has led to several deaths because it denies the poor their Right to Food and therefore life. THERE is no doubt that human life is cheap in India, perhaps more so now than ever before. The attacks, atrocities and killings of people from the minority communities and marginalised groups, which have now become so common, are particularly appalling because they reflect a culture of imp

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Jharkhand hunger death: A girl died crying for food. Her family is now accused of shaming India -Harsh Mander

” (rice, rice), her mother recalled. The custom in their caste is to bury rather than cremate the dead, so she tearfully laid her child down in a shallow grave. Activists from the non-profit Right to Food Campaign had been helping her and many others facing the same problem for months before the child’s death, demanding that her ration card not be cancelled. When they learnt of Santoshi’s death, they announced to the media that th

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Rural workers of Jharkhand demand their rights

-Right to Food Jharkhand Ranchi (Jharkhand): Close to 1,000 NREGA workers and other rural labourers converged to Birsa Chowk from 12 districts of Jharkhand today and sat on dharna to protest against repeated attacks on their Right to Food and right to work. The event was jointly organised by Right to Food Campaign Jharkhand and NREGA Watch.  

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Boiled eggs for 44,000 Aaganwadi children to prevent malnutrition -Rashmi Drolia

district is awaited. Balrampur recorded 31 percent of malnutrition in 2016. Collector Sharan is hopeful of better health results among children. According to Narendra Kumar Das associated to Right to Food in Balrampur the campaign is running successfully and children were taking interest in coming regulary to Aaganwadi centres but the scheme needs to be extended to mid-day meals served in schools as well to regularize attendance and ensure nu

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Non-linking of aadhaar with ration card is denying people their Right to Food

, Uttar Pradesh (39.5 percent), and Gujarat (39.3 percent). Please click here in order to know more about the nutritional status of children across states.    According to the Right to Food Campaign (India), a large number of Supreme Court orders have been violated by the Jharkhand state government in Santoshi’s hunger related death, which is as follows (please check the image below):     &n

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Hungry India: Are we angry enough? -Patralekha Chatterjee

b portal, the girl died crying for bhaat (rice). Her family didn’t have any. Her family’s ration card was reportedly cancelled because it was not linked to their Aadhaar number, say local Right to Food Campaign activists. With the Durga Puja holidays on, there had been no school, therefore no mid-day meals and no sustenance at home. Santoshi barely had had anything to eat for almost a week. The local authorities say the girl died due to ma

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