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Centre privacy U-turn

Aadhaar-centric" and must think of the "little man's right to privacy". Referring to the government's submission that Aadhaar was aimed at protecting the "fundamental rights to food, shelter and health" and also the interests of millions of poor people, Justice Nariman observed: "If you are making this kind of an emotional plea, then the right to property is also a basic human right. It is a classic case of the baby be

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Crop Insurance: A flagship scheme that may flatter to deceive -Harish Damodaran

-The Indian Express For farmers, a uniform 2 per cent premium rate on sum insured (SI) for all kharif or monsoon season foodgrains and oilseeds, while 1.5 per cent for rabi winter crops and 5 per cent for annual commercial and horticultural crops, is the lowest they can hope for. The country couldn’t possibly have, at least on paper, a better agricultural crop insurance scheme than the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY). For farme

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Privacy can't override right to food through Aadhaar, Centre tells Supreme Court -Dhananjay Mahapatra & Amit Anand Choudhary

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: The government told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that even if privacy was assumed to be a fundamental right, it could not attain a status higher than the right to food ensured through Aadhaar for 270 million impoverished people. A nine-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar tried its best to elicit a direct "yes" or "no" reply from attorney general K K Venugopal to the li

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ISKCON told to include eggs in menu

schools, the government has decided to make it a mandatory on providing three eggs per week for each student studying in government-run schools  across the state as part of providing nutritious food for the children. Considering the report of National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) the government has directed the DEOs to strictly implement the prescribed menu in the mid-day meal and has also decided not to exempt  any agency or institutio

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Rajya Sabha brainstorms on agrarian crisis

,009 crore. Mr. Singh also targeted the government for its new insurance policy, which, he alleged, benefited only private companies. The Congress leader also alleged that there was corruption in the food Corporation of India and the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India. Samajwadi Party’s Ram Gopal Verma said successive governments had failed to address the issues plaguing the sector. He sought adequate budget alloc

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Dealing with malnutrition: Why Indian women must eat with families -Charu Bahri

-Hindustan Times/ IndiaSpend A two-year-old project in Rajasthan used an unusual strategy to break this pattern among poor tribal communities. Instead of simply increasing their food supply and access — the standard approach for dealing with malnutrition — it attempted to break the tradition of prioritising men’s needs first. When the women of this southwestern Rajasthan village sat down to eat, it was usually after the rest

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Govt mulls LPG-like subsidy transfer for PDS foodgrain -Dipak K Dash

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: food ministry is working on a pilot to emulate the direct cooking gas subsidy transfer scheme model for public distribution system (PDS) of subsidised foodgrains. The beneficiaries will get the subsidy amount in advance in their bank accounts and they will have to buy the foodgrains from any ration shop, which has got the el

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Audit slams Railways on food quality

ical A Comptroller and Auditor General report tabled in Parliament on Friday has found severe deficiencies in the catering services of the Indian Railways, with several stations and trains serving food items “unfit for human consumption”, unpurified tap water being used for food preparation, and food being left unprotected from insects and rats.

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India, China seek reduction in farm subsidies by West -Sidhartha

rking with the G-33, comprising India and led by Indonesia, to seek a permanent resolution to the problem of spending caps imposed on governments in developing countries for procuring and maintaining food stocks, such as those with the food Corporation of India. The issue was discussed at length on Friday along with the proposal to provide for a special safeguard mechanism that the developing countries will

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Railways serving food unfit for humans, says CAG report -Pradeep Thakur

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: A Comptroller and Auditor General audit report on the catering services in the Indian Railways, to be tabled in Parliament on Friday, has observed that food articles unsuitable for human consumption, contaminated foodstuff, recycled foodstuff, packaged and bottled items past their shelf life and unauthorised brands of water bot

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