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Budget bids adieu to welfare state, rue civil rights activists

ituation of distress and unemployment especially aggravated by demonetisation.” “The Budget seems to be perpetuating unemployment, hunger and malnutrition,” said a release by the Right to Food Campaign (RFC), an umbrella of over 100 civil rights organisations and individuals, citing the example of the mid-day meal budget, which has been increased from Rs. 9,700 crore to Rs. 10,000 crore, which “is not an increase at all when

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Acreage under rabi crops declined in 2016-17 as compared to 2013-14

hwest Monsoon end of season report, India Meteorological Department, please click here to access Cropping seasons of India- Kharif & Rabi, Arthapedia, please click here to access  Right to Food Activists Demand For Safeguards To Reduce Hardships Of Demonetisation, Newsalert from Inclusive Media for Change, 30 December, 2016, please click here to access Motive behind demonetisation is justifiable but there may be collateral dama

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Right to Food activists demand for safeguards to reduce hardships of demonetisation

A press statement issued from the Right to Food Campaign on 27 December, 2016 says that the demonetisation of old currency notes of Rs. 500/- and Rs. 1000/- denomination wreaked havoc on the livelihood security of the poor people. The labouring and toiling masses, who are mostly engaged in the informal sector, have been adversely affected due to the scrapping of old currency notes of Rs. 500/- and Rs. 1000/- denomination since 9 November, 2016. It

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The popularity of low-cost canteens shows food security is still a dream for many -Cherian Thomas

started similar canteens in their states. Madhya Pradesh too is planning to launch a similar subsidised food scheme. The growth of such canteens across India underscores several issues related to the Right to Food. About 194.6 million people in India go hungry every day, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization’s The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015. Malnutrition is an understated issue in India, though India is among the

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Government warned of national stir if GM mustard approved -Mayank Aggarwal

ion of Beekeeping Industry of India, Azadi Bachao Andolan, All-India Agricultural Workers’ Union, All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW) and National Right to Food Campaign. The protestors were joined by leaders from political parties like Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, Janata Dal (United), Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, Dravida Munnetra Kazagham (DMK) and Swaraj India Par

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Government presses on with Aadhaar in ration system despite glitches, delayed food law -Anumeha Yadav

Aadhaar,” he added at a conference of states organised by the ministry on September 16. There are currently 105 crore Aadhaar holders in India, or 82% of its population. Activists of the Right to Food campaign, however, criticised the move to make Aadhaar mandatory in the public distribution system. They said that even three years after it had been passed, the National Food Security Act was yet to be fully enacted by several states. And s

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MP districts home to most malnourished, over-nourished kids -Neeraj Santoshi

s conducted on a sample size of 17,239 and measured height, weight, BMI, blood pressure, samples of blood for Hb, glucose level, etc. State advisor to the commissioners of the Supreme Court in the Right to Food Case, Sachin Jain said the data was surprising as Sheopur doesn’t feature in the under-nourished districts. “If this data is true, then it means we have failed to set a balance when it comes to nutrition among the children. We

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The New Maternity Benefits Act Disregards Women in the Unorganised Sector -Neeta Lal

large demographic toiling in the country’s unorganised sector such as contractual workers, farmers, casual workers, self-employed women and housewives. According to Sudeshna Sengupta of the Right to Food Campaign, India sees 29.7 million women getting pregnant each year. “Even if the law is fully implemented,” the activist told IPS, “studies show that it will benefit only 1.8 million women in the organised sector leaving

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While India Hankers For Global High Table, Many Struggle For A Decent Meal -Jyoti Malhotra

nchayat of Bihar’s Banke Bazar block, a couple of hours away from the Buddhist township of Bodh Gaya. In early June, economists Jean Drèze and Reetika Khera, actively campaigning for the Right to Food Act, and their team of surveyors requested the Block Development Officer (BDO), Sanjay Kumar, to look into Nauhar’s persistent complaints of irregularities into the Public Distribution System (PDS). When questioned, Sahu admitted as mu

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