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Stoppage of pension payments in Jharkhand grossly violated the Supreme Court orders, allege Right to Food Campaign

-Press release by Right to Food Campaign, dated 20th June, 2019 Two more starvation deaths have occurred in Jharkhand recently: one in Jama (Dumka district) and one in Mahuadanr (Latehar district). In both cases, the victim was a pensioner but he did not receive any pension payment since January 2019. Had pensions been paid on time, Motka Manjhi and Ramachandra Munda would perhaps be alive today. Enquiries from the welfare office in Latehar di

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National Institute of Nutrition stands by its report on no onion, garlic in its meals

d 10 organisations as well as 94 experts, including faculty from prestigious institutes like IIM Bangalore, Tata Insitute of Social Sciences, Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, Right to Food Campaign-India, and People’s Union for Civil Liberties. “We stand by our response to the Karnataka Government,” NIN’s Director, Dr Hemalatha R, wrote in response to a story in The Hindu on May 14, 2019. In Janua

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Understanding of democracy is shrinking: Economist Jean Dreze after being detained in Jharkhand -Abhishek Angad

told The Indian Express: "They were holding a meeting on social issues and did not take permission from SDO. They were detained as Model Code of Conduct in place." Ranchi: Economist and Right to Food activist Jean Dreze and two others were let off Thursday afternoon after being detained in Jharkhand for holding a public meeting without permission, which the authorities say is a “violation of Model Code of Conduct(MCC)”. The t

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Economist Jean Dreze, two others detained, later released in Jharkhand -Jaideep Deogharia

-The Times of India RANCHI: Right to Food activist Jean Dreze and two others were released after being detained on Thursday in Jharkhand for allegedly organising a meeting without permission, police said. Dreze, along with his associates Vivek and Anuj, was holding a public meeting under Bishunpura police station of Garhwa district on Thursday morning. Subsequently, Jean was asked to sign a bond at the police station. Please click here to

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Resources for Welfare Expenditure -Prabhat Patnaik

no matter how dishonest the questioners’ intent, it is worth providing a rough answer to this question. This is given below. Let us take five basic universal and justiciable economic rights: Right to Food, right to free publicly-provided quality healthcare through a National Health Service, right to free publicly provided quality education, right to employment, and right to adequate old-age pension and disability benefits. And let us see how

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Plugging the design gaps in ICDS for all children -Dipa Sinha

two workers, with the primary responsibility of the second worker being the care of children under three years of age and pregnant and lactating women. In a number of subsequent reports, not just the Right to Food campaign but even UN bodies and the Planning Commission have made similar recommendations. There has been a tremendous expansion in the ICDS following Supreme Court orders in 2006 directing that anganwadi services be universalised. The nu

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Aruna Roy, well-known social and political activist, interviewed by Jipson John and Jitheesh PM (

p and participation in the campaigns for the enactment of laws relating to the right to information, the right to work (the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, or MGNREGA) and the Right to Food are noteworthy. As a member of the Pension Parishad, she has been involved with the campaign for a universal, non-contributory pension for workers of the unorganised sector. As part of the National Campaign for People’s Right to Inform

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One Egg per Student Proves 'Too Expensive' for Jharkhand Government -Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

under the mid-day meal scheme from three to two. This step has apparently been taken in view of the rising price of eggs. Instead of increasing allocation, Jharkhand cut egg supply According to Right to Food campaigners in the state, the Jharkhand government earlier allotted Rs 4 per egg. With the increase in the price of eggs, it has revised its allotment to Rs 6 per egg. But instead of increasing the total budget to include with the inflation

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Right to Food Campaign criticizes Jharkhand Government's move to reduce the number of eggs in School Midday Meals

-Press release by Right to Food Campaign dated 16th January, 2019 It is shocking to learn that Jharkhand Government has decided to reduce the number of weekly eggs in school midday meals from three to two. Earlier, the government allotted Rs 4 per egg. With increase in price of eggs, it has revised the allotment to Rs 6 per egg. But instead of increasing the total budget commensurately with the inflation in cost of eggs, the government has decide

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Invisible people: Aadhaar versus particularly vulnerable tribal groups -Jean Dreze

families depend critically on two entitlements for their survival: social security pensions and food rations from the public distribution system. Under a Supreme Court order of May 2, 2003, in the Right to Food case, Antyodaya ration cards are to be distributed to all PVTG households. This entitles them to 35 kgs of foodgrain per month from the PDS at a nominal price; in fact, for free in the case of Jharkhand. Among the 325 households we surveyed,

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