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A bullet train to Hunger -Dipa Sinha and Rajendran Narayanan

-The Hindu The pandemic has highlighted the importance of expanding social security nets Pinki is a 28-year-old Dalit woman from Saharanpur, U.P. Her husband met with an accident during the national lockdown in April 2020. The two of them had to sell all their belongings for his treatment and subsequently became dependent on her parents. Such avoidable miseries were heaped on millions due to the unilateral national lockdown in 2020. The monthly...

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India urgently needs a universal Public Distribution System to combat undernutrition & Hunger, emphasises Right to Food Campaign

-Press release by Right to Food Campaign, dated 10th May, 2021 At a time when the country is facing the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic, the need for a universal food security system has become all the more important. In a press statement dated 10th May, 2021, the Right to Food Campaign, a civil society group working for elimination of Hunger and undernutrition in the country, has expressed its shock and dismay...

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A case for cash transfers -Saugato Datta

-The Hindu The revival of the NYAY scheme in Congress’s Kerala manifesto is a welcome step The Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) has become more relevant since it was first proposed two years back. By resurrecting it in its Kerala manifesto, the Congress has an opportunity to make the idea even more robust. Even the best policy proposals find it hard to survive an unsuccessful election campaign. So, it was unexpected to see a...

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Can Farmland for the Landless Become A Reality On A Large Scale in India -Bharat Dogra

-Countercurrents.org More than half of rural households in India are landless, or almost so. This deprives them of the most obvious asset needed for sustainable livelihoods and food security in villages–farmland. After  agriculture the next most important source of rural livelihood in India is dairy farming but here too the household with farmland has free access to crop residues which is increasingly not available to landless households who  have to incur extra...

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They made it to college. Despite all odds. But pandemic apathy is making Adivasi students drop out -Prashant Rathod

-Scroll.in If Maharashtra government doesn’t act soon, an entire generation of students from Melghat’s tribal communities will be pushed out of higher education. Jaylal Dhikar wakes up at 4 am. While it is still dark, the 22-year-old climbs up a stony hillock a few miles from his home. He walks from one end of the flat hillock to the other looking for a mobile network on his basic smartphone. All by himself,...

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