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No change in MGNREGA wage rates observed between 2018-19 and 2019-20 for 4 states & 2 UTs

sed to calculate the wages for MGNREGA beneficiaries. The actual wage payable is calculated based on the output of the worker. In CPI-AL and Consumer Price Index for Rural Labourers (viz. CPI-RL), food beverages and tobacco account for over 70 percent of the consumption basket. In case of CPI-Rural, they account for only 59 percent. The CPI-Rural also provides for higher expenditure on education, medical care and transport and communication. &

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FSSAI rules for organic farmers 'pushing them out of business' -Meenakshi Sushma

-Down to Earth Farmer organisations, companies say concerns not addressed The food Safety and Standards Authority of India's (FSSAI's) organic food labelling policy has created an adverse reaction at the ground level. The idea was introduced on July 1, 2018 to support farmers and help consumers identify authentic organic produce, but labelling has pushed many farmers out of business. The certific

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Punjab assures timely payments for wheat to farmers

-IANS Chandigarh: Dispelling the apprehensions of arthiyas (foodgrain commission agents), Punjab Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh on Thursday assured them that the prevalent system of payments to farmers for their produce would continue during the ongoing Rabi Marketing Season (RMS) and timely payments would be made through the arthiyas. "The Chief Secretary asked the food Department to ensure

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Necessary steps to ending poverty -Pulapre Balakrishnan

ing of support as poor farmers. While it is the case that at present agricultural subsidies go to farmers alone, these are intended as production subsidies and so channelled due to the criticality of food production to all. Please click here to read more.

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WPI inflation spikes to 3.18% in March on costlier food, fuel

holesale Price Index (WPI) based inflation was at 2.93% in February. It was 2.74% in March 2018. Wholesale price-based inflation rose for the second consecutive month to 3.18% in March on costlier food and fuel, government data released on Monday showed. The Wholesale Price Index (WPI) based inflation was at 2.93% in February. It was 2.74% in March 2018. Inflation in food articles hardened with ste

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New forest law would put framers of the colonial act to shame -Anup Sinha

There is a persistent tension between present demands and future security. In India for centuries, forests have been used by human beings for a variety of purposes — from habitat to a store of food to sources of livelihood. Anywhere between 100 million to 300 million people, mostly tribes, live in and around forests. They are poor and undernourished, with little education and access to healthcare. They depend on the forests for living and livel

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Prevalence of Undernourishment in Indian States: Explorations Based on NSS 68th Round -Vikas Rawal, Vaishali Bansal & Prachi Bansal

-Economic and Political Weekly Prevalence of undernourishment, a measure developed by the food and Agriculture Organization, is a key indicator for global hunger and food insecurity targets. The FAO has developed a sound conceptual model for estimating the prevalence of dietary energy deficiency. However, the estimation methodology of the prevalence of undernourishment has been a subject of much debate

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food inflation falls to lowest level since 1991 -Surojit Gupta

-The Times of India Average food prices in 2018-19 were almost the same as they were in 2017-18—a phenomenon not seen for at least 27 years. An analysis by credit rating agency Crisil shows food inflation measured by the consumer price index rose only 0.1% in 2018-19. The last time annual food inflation had fallen below 1% was in 1999-2000. Economis

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MS Swaminathan, father of Green Revolution, interviewed by Jitheesh PM & Jipson John (Newsclick.in)

ublic distribution are far more important in making agriculture economically viable and sustainable in the country. No one has played a more instrumental role in India’s self-sufficiency in food production than Dr MS Swaminathan — world-renowned agricultural scientist, known as the ‘Father of Green Revolution in India’. After getting a PhD from Cambridge University and further foreign training, he returned to India and s

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Odisha Has Several Good Schemes To Boost Nutrition, But Govt Must Ensure None Is Left Out: Expert

ople, especially children and the tribal population, and the state must work to ensure that none is left out from the Poshan Abhiyaan, an expert has said. Ranglal Jamuda, Chairperson, Odisha State food Commission, said while implementing the schemes at the level of Mid Day Meal Scheme (MDMS), Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and the Anganwadi Centres, one should ensure that every child is covered. “While implementing the Mid Da

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