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NGOs in Delhi write to Arvind Kejriwal over unavailability of foodgrains at ration shops -Ananya Tiwari

-The Indian Express A senior official of the Delhi government said there has been a delay in distribution as foodgrains came in late from the Food Corporation of India under the NFSA and the PMGKAY schemes. Non-profit organisations in Delhi, including the Delhi Rozi Roti Adhikar Abhiyan, the Satark Nagrik Sangathan (SNS), and the Stranded Workers Action Network (SWAN), have written to the Arvind Kejriwal government over unavailability of PDS grain at...

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FCRA rules hit overseas COVID aid to hospitals, NGOs -Vikas Dhoot

-The Hindu FCRA approvals take a lot of time, the government needs to urgently grant an exemption for all such donations, tax and legal experts said. Indian entities, including hospitals and charitable trusts, hoping to receive COVID-19 relief material from overseas individual donors or donor agencies, could be in trouble, unless they are registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) with a stated objective involving provision of medical care. On May 3,...

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Vaccines bought first using PM CARES funds cost Centre more -Priscilla Jebaraj and Jacob Koshy

-The Hindu Current price negotiated through bulk orders may not be replicable: Finance Secy The first lot of vaccines were procured by the Centre using PM CARES funds at a higher rate than the subsequent rounds paid for by budgetary allocations, The Hindu has learnt from the response to a Right to Information request by a transparency activist. The Health Ministry response said that the initial 5.6 crore doses of Covishield were bought...

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Centre to retain GST on oxygen concentrators -Vikas Dhoot

-The Hindu Delhi High Court pushes back, saying that the government should review its resistance at such a time The Central government should review its resistance to exempting the Goods and Services Tax (GST) levied on oxygen concentrators imported for personal use, the Delhi High Court observed on Thursday after the Finance Ministry conveyed its inability to accept the Court’s order issued on Wednesday. Late on Thursday, the Delhi High Court appointed senior...

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What Lies at the Foundation of the Prolonged Agrarian Crisis in India? -Shinzani Jain

-Newsclick.in The deeper rot in agriculture can be overcome through more far-reaching reforms, starting from an overhaul of pre-capitalist land relations and relations of production that continue to shackle productivity and are at the root of aggravating poverty, unemployment and inequality in rural India. It has been more than five months since farmers from different parts of the country began protesting in Delhi. They have been unflinching when it comes to their...

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