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No Savings, Scanty Jobs: Why Second Wave Has Been Harder For Migrant Workers -Shreehari Paliath

-IndiaSpend.com Migrant workers in different states have been struggling to find work, wages and rations, say activists and researchers. The Public Distribution System must be universalised, they say, and free rations must be provided for at least six more months. Bengaluru: Sudhir Paswan, 29, is back to square one--in his village in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district, counting his losses. It has been more than a week since he returned, after failing to secure...

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The inadequate food safety net -CP Chandrasekhar and Jayati Ghosh

-The Hindu Business Line/ NetworkIdeas.org With India experiencing a severe second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, forcing decentralized lockdowns, a crisis of loss of jobs and livelihoods and resulting Hunger is being reported from across the country. A reluctant central government has, therefore, been forced to revive the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY), to distribute 5 kilograms of free foodgrain per person per month to the approximately 80 crore...

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Why India Needs Village-Level Data To Target Malnutrition In Children -Archita Raghu

-IndiaSpend.com Where are nutrition programmes failing and why? To accurately understand this and for ideas on how to efficiently target the crisis of malnutrition among Indian children, it is necessary to collect and use data from villages, says a new study Mumbai: India must incorporate village-level data in its policies on child malnutrition to target beneficiaries and their specific needs more effectively, says a new study that analysed data across 597,121 census...

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Govt. has an active role to play during the pandemic in terms of nutritional support, education & jobs, says IFPRI report

A recent report by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) states that the countrywide lockdown imposed on 25th March, 2020, which was extended for nearly two months in phases, affected the food and nutritional status of vulnerable sections of the Indian population. It says that a programme like the Mid-Day Meal Scheme covers four-fifth of primary-school-aged children in the country that helps in improving not only nutrition but also...

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Covid-19 and the disease of inequality -Yamini Aiyar

-Hindustan Times The second wave will deepen inequality. Expand support to states, universalise PDS, and ramp up MGNREGS now Abandoned by the State that insisted on locking down, refusing to recognise the damage done to their livelihoods, India’s workers asserted their rights and made themselves heard by walking home in March 2020. The long march home was emblematic of the suffering and hardship unleashed by the first wave. A year later, it is...

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