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Riverside graves of the Covid dead tell a story of the media’s failure -Kalpana Sharma And of a crisis of economic distress and Hunger that’s gone largely unreported. The defining image of this second wave of the pandemic in India has now become the hundreds of shallow graves along the Ganga and other rivers, replacing the searing images of burning pyres. These graves are a stark reminder not just of the discrepancy in death data between the official and the actual, but they also hint at...

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In Delhi’s Industrial Areas, Paltry Savings of Workers Dry Up in Lockdown -Ronak Chhabra Workers and activists claim that the situation on ground remains grim while AAP’s welfare announcements are marked with delay and laxity in implementation. Amidst a citywide lockdown that is now in its fifth week with a positivity rate that has come down to its lowest – less than 5% – in the last 45 days in Delhi, desperation is growing now in several of the national capital’s industrial areas and pushing...

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Supreme Court directs provision of dry rations & food from community kitchens for all migrant workers in the country

-Press statement issued by Harsh Mander, Anjali Bhardwaj and Jagdeep Chhokar dated 24th May 2021 We welcome the important directions given by the Supreme Court today for ensuring food security of migrant workers across the country. The SC has directed that dry ration has to be distributed to migrant workers throughout the country by the States under the Atma Nirbhar Scheme or any other scheme found suitable by the States/Centre. Further,...

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Stop exporting our foodgrains; first ensure food security of the informal & migrant workers, urges Right to Food Campaign

-Press release by Right to Food Campaign Secretariat dated 23rd May 2021 Against the backdrop of rise in Covid-19 daily new deaths across the country and local level lockdowns being imposed by various State Governments, India is once again witnessing severe economic distress amongst its working class. The livelihood and food security crisis that is being faced by the poor, daily wage workers and the informal sector workers of the country...

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Invisible in the pandemic fires, a slow burn of Hunger and distress across India -Supriya Sharma As lockdowns get extended in cities, the working-class is back to cutting down on food. This time, there are no community kitchens to fall back on. Sanju Devi stood wearily, clutching a cloth bag outside a ration shop. It had been a month since Delhi had gone under lockdown to contain a deadly surge of coronavirus cases and over three weeks since the prime minister had announced extra foodgrains for two...

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