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Maneka Gandhi Clashes With NITI Aayog on Replacing food With Cash Transfers -Anoo Bhuyan The government is finalising a pilot project in line with NITI Aayog’s recent suggestion that children and mothers be given cash transfers instead of cooked or uncooked food. At a conference on under-nutrition organised by the Ministry of Women and Child Development this week, Union minister Maneka Gandhi said that the government is keen to overhaul the Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS) and withdraw the provisions o

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What ails rural Rajasthan -Sudhir Kumar Suthar

icts. In the last few years, expenditure on education and health has increased in the districts. The areas are also victims of a health crisis created by the overuse of chemicals in the production of food items, including vegetables and fruits. Please click here to read more.

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Indian economy in a tailspin: What went wrong -Asit Ranjan Mishra and Gireesh Chandra Prasad

was increasing by 7.5%. Income of the poorest was growing rapidly (and) that drove growth as well as inflation,” he said. The problem began in 2013-14 when things started to reverse. Global food prices came down while the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) still maintained a restrictive monetary policy. Growth in the minimum support price (MSP) of selected farm products slowed dramatically to 3.5% per year from an average of around 8% earlier. A

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Replacing take-home rations with cash transfers in aanganwadis is a terrible idea

lk, fruits, and other nutritious rations. The case is not different in rural situations. If anything, it is worse. Whether pregnant mothers and infants – especially girls – eat nutritious food is of almost no concern. In such a scenario, the aanganwaadis and the THR scheme was a way to ensure that women and infants were at least getting these rations. Women occupy positions of very little power in families and cannot be expected to be able

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With Prices Rising Post-GST, Has the Government Taken the Public for a Ride? -Arun Kumar

ent. Have prices of goods and services risen because the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is faulty or because it was not designed properly? Eighteen percent GST is levied on the food in a restaurant. This has raised the cost of eating out. Is this what was intended in the original design of the GST? One of the benefits of the GST touted by the government was that prices would come down, but the opposite has happened. Prices of mo

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The Forgotten Farmers Of Tamil Nadu: 107 Days of Protest in Delhi and Still Counting -M Mahalingam

nd phase, in an attempt to demonstrate their desperation, they ate beef, went to Raghat to seek the help of Gandhi to free the farmers from the yoke of debt, clenched rodents between their teeth, ate food from the garbage, sang songs, embraced celibacy, slept on beds of thorns, ate human excreta. Some part of the protest this time has been directed at Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The farmers performed yagna so that PM Modi would understand their p

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Cash transfers may replace rations for women and infants -Shalini Nair

-The Indian Express Cash transfers instead of food has been widely debated with several criticising it for not being an actual substitute for take-home rations, which is a mix of cereals, fats, sugar and pulses, with added micronutrients. In a major policy shift, the Ministry of Woman and Child Development (WCD) has prepared a proposal to substitute take-home rations, given in aanganwadis for infants under three and pregnant and lactating mot

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As Bangla imports surge, rice becomes costly -Abhishek Law & Pratim Ranjan Bose

ice varieties in West Bengal have increased by 10-20 per cent at the miller’s end in recent weeks. Bangladesh has imported 600,000 tonnes in the last five weeks Kolkata: Panic over potential foodgrain shortfall and opportunistic trading in Bangladesh have sent the price of rice soaring on both sides of the border. Over the last three weeks, the price of common rice varieties in West Bengal increased by 10-20 per cent at the miller’s

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Gorakhpur, Koraput and Thane to launch Zero Hunger Programme on October 16 -Vishwa Mohan

districts - Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, Koraput in Odisha and Thane in Maharashtra - will initiate India's ambitious 'Zero Hunger' programme through interventions in farm sector on October 16 (World food Day). Though many more districts will eventually be covered under this dedicated farm-based programme in sync with India's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end hunger by 2030, these three would act as a model of an integrated approach to de

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India home to 23.4% of world's hungry, 51% women are anemic: UN report -Sayantan Bera

of undernourished people) is on the rise again, posing a challenge to international goals of eradicating hunger by 2030, said a United Nations report published on Friday. According to the State of food Security and Nutrition in the World 2017 report, the number of undernourished people in the world increased to an estimated 815 million in 2016, up from 777 million in 2015. Data from the report showed that India is home to 190.7 million of them&mdas

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