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Farm subsidy to loan waivers: A race to compensate farmers for their losses -Ashok Gulati

wth matters as well. In a country where 47% of the workforce is engaged in agriculture, it is the growth of agri-GDP that is even more critical for the alleviation of poverty and providing nutritious food. The average annual agri-GDP growth in the first four years of Modi government, for which data is available, is just 2.5% compared to 5.2% in the last four years of Manmohan Singh’s government. The exports of agri-produce have fallen since the

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3-fold hike in margin money to Delhi's ration dealers

-IANS NEW DELHI: The Delhi government on Saturday approved a three-fold hike in the margin money from Rs 70 to Rs 200 per quintal to ration dealers in the national capital, said food and civil supplies minister Imran Hussain. "The ration dealers will now get Rs 2 per kg in place of existing 70 paise per kg," the government said in a statement. The announcement by the minister came following the cabinet, headed by chief minister Ar

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Rash U-turns, half-baked plans -Jean Dreze

ity of the central government to social policy in the last five years. Maternity entitlements, a legal right of all Indian women (except those already covered in the formal sector) under the National food Security Act 2013, were ignored for years and are brazenly violated to this day. The rights of workers employed under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act have also been undermined by budget crunches, erratic wage payments and the vagaries of

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Casting the Net: India's Public Distribution System after the food Security Act -Jean Dreze, Prankur Gupta, Reetika Khera and Isabel Pimenta

sment of the public distribution system is presented in six of India’s poorest states—Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and West Bengal—soon after the National food Security Act, 2013 came into force. Important gains have been made, including broader coverage, lower targeting errors, accelerated PDS reforms, and a greater political commitment to food security. In four

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Grain populism: As polls near, states embark on aggressive paddy procurement -Harish Damodaran

s from October to September. That would work out to more than a third of the total projected production of 115 mt for 2018-19. According to data compiled by the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, food and Public Distribution, the food Corporation of India and state government agencies had, as on February 11, already purchased 342.45 lakh tonnes (lt; 10 lt equals one mt) of rice in the ongoing 2018-19 ma

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What Adivasis of Odisha Could Teach Urban Indians in the Age of #Metoo -Parul Abrol

n elder woman of the village taught adolescent boys and girls about sex, how to prevent pregnancies, about consent, about married life,” said Jagannath Majhi, a Kondh Adivasi who works with the food sustainability NGO Living Farms. “The institution prepared us to select a partner, and it taught us how to respect and live with them.” He added that this practice has disappeared in the Kondh community over the past 15 years. “I

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'Rainfed farmers are the most neglected'

ectare, that in irrigated areas is about 2.8 tonnes per hectare,” said the NRAA chief said. Contribution Despite all these, rain-fed areas contributed significantly to the country’s food production. They account for 89 per cent of millets production, 88 per cent of pulses, 73 per cent of cotton, 69 per cent of oilseeds and 40 per cent rice production in the country. Besides, rain-fed areas support 64 per cent of cattle, 74 per cen

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With an eye on polls, Centre hikes sugar sale price by Rs.2/kg

ce (MSP) of sugar by Rs.2 per kg to Rs.31. “We have increased the minimum selling price of sugar from ?29 per kg to ?31 per kg. This will help sugar mills to pay dues to cane farmers,” food and Public distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan told a press conference here. Sugar mills owe around ?20,000 crore to sugarcane farmers till the end of January. Please click here to read more.

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Delhi govt plans to set up hostels for daily wagers -Atul Mathur

shelters or sleep under flyovers or on pavements close to their workplace. “Even though such labourers earn a meagre amount, they won’t mind paying a reasonable fee towards lodging and food if they get a place to save them from Delhi’s harsh weather. The government may consider the proposal in the next financial year and could even keep a provision to develop such hostels in the upcoming budget,” said a source. Please cl

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New research sounds alert on iron overdose risk for women -GS Mudur

Daily requirement for Indian women less than that assumed for fortification plans Millions of women across India may face the risks of consuming excess iron under current government policies on food fortification and nationwide iron tablet supplementation for women of reproductive age, new research has suggested. A study has calculated that the average daily iron requirement for Indian women is 15mg and not 21mg as currently assumed and cauti

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