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Hit by note ban, Bundelkhand's sons come home to more misery -AM Jigeesh

infamous for farmer suicides and recurrent drought. Youth from this village would flock to Guajrat’s Jamnagar for work. A sizeable number returned home after demonetisation: Satyender Kumar, a security guard at a Jamnagar factory, and Girendra Singh and his family, have come back. So has Manavenda Singh. Kumar now works as a technician in Urai. He has also joined the BSP and says he is working earnestly for the party’s victory. &ldq

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Budget unmindful of income inequality -MA Oommen

ng the most desired goals, building the capabilities of individuals as well as the institutional architecture and social arrangements to improve them (public provision for education, healthcare, food security) assume importance. In the Indian federal context, policy and instrumental choices will have to promote continuing convergence towards income, health and education. No budget so far has ever thought of it, leave alone strategised it. That in t

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In a village in Uttar Pradesh, food is always on the minds of its residents -Supriya Sharma

; said Bhole Nath, a resident of the Harijan basti. Through January and February, potatoes with rotis and rice was the staple in most kitchens. In July 2013, the Centre passed the National Food security Act that guarantees subsidised foodgrains to two-thirds of the country’s population. The Uttar Pradesh government woke up to it in September 2015. Under the law, the Central government bears the cost of providing five kilos of foodgrains

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Centre opposes news broadcast on FM

New Delhi: The government has told the Supreme Court it is against granting of permission to community radio channels and FM radio stations to broadcast news programmes because of a "possible security risk" in the absence of a proper mechanism to monitor such content. In a sworn affidavit filed in the court recently, the ministry of information and broadcasting cited views expressed by the home ministry that there were several pitfalls

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What's in a unique number? -Swati Narayan

od ministry issued an unprecedented diktat. It has insisted that each family member must possess an Aadhaar number within four months, to be eligible for subsidised foodgrains under the National Food security Act. This ties in with the larger plan for all ration shops by 2019 to verify Aadhaar biometrics at every transaction. So, not only must 210 million families possess unique numbers for each member, they must also queue up every month to prove the

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No one loves the farmer -Ashok Gulati & Siraj Hussain

ture, boosting investment in cold chains and extending an interest subsidy to Kisan Credit Card (KCC) holders. Congress’s manifesto pitches for safety nets through MGNREGA and the National Food security Act, essentially a dole model. Conspicuously, BSP is silent so far on farmers’ issues. But all parties seem to have missed the basic problems of UP’s peasantry: If there is one thing about which UP farmers are dismayed, it is low p

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Government makes Aadhaar mandatory for availing PDS foodgrains

ooking gas LPG, the government on Thursday made Aadhaar mandatory for availing subsidised foodgrains from the ration shops with a view to better the target of Rs 1.4 lakh crore subsidy under the food security law. The government has given time to those not having the biometric-based unique identification number to apply for Aadhaar by June 30. The government issued a notification to this effect but did stop short of saying that subsidised foodgr

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Rewiring the WTO -Biswajit Dhar

n. In agriculture, WTO rules have been loaded in favour of the developed countries, while the interests of small farmers have almost been completely ignored. India flagged the important issue of food security and argued that the sovereign states must have the right to decide the manner in which the poor should be provided subsidised food. This issue arose after questions were raised as to whether public stockholding of food, which is at the heart of I

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Big Brother is winning -Pratap Bhanu Mehta

-The Indian Express The enhancement of state powers without control or transparency is not being done against our wishes The clamour for security, accountability and transparency is leading to unfettered increase in the power of states. We are enacting law after law, introducing technology after technology, to render citizens transparent to the state. But at the same time, we are weakening protections and consenting to technologies in a way th

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Budget 2017 Disappoints, Maternity Benefit Programme Underfunded, Excludes Those Who Need It The Most -Dipa Sinha

orld (38% children under five are stunted). Provision of maternity entitlements is one of the many interventions that are needed to improving maternal child health and nutrition. The National Food security Act (NFSA) provides Rs 6000 as maternity entitlement for all pregnant women. In spite of it being over three years since the passage of the NFSA, the central government is yet to implement a universal scheme for the implementation of this entitle

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