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Ration advice to states

-The Telegraph New Delhi: The government has instructed states not to deny benefits under the public distribution system to beneficiaries who don't have Aadhaar numbers or haven't linked their ration cards to the biometric identifier, the directive coming after a Jharkhand girl's recent death from alleged starvation. It has also asked state governments not to delete eligible households from the list of PDS beneficiaries for non-possession of Aadhaar cards and warned of...

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Jharkhand girl's 'starvation death': Mother attacked for 'defaming village' -Saurav Roy

-Hindustan Times Koili Devi, whose daughter starved to death after ration card was caught in tech glitch over Aadhaar, apparently travelled eight kilometers from her village Karimati in Jharkhand’s far-flung Simdega district to seek shelter at the home of an activist. Ranchi: A Jharkhand woman, whose daughter allegedly starved to death last month because the family’s Aadhaar and ration cards weren’t linked, was attacked by villagers, activists and local sources said on...

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Non-linking of aadhaar with ration card is denying people their right to food

During the Bengal famine of 1943-44, over 2 million people died due to starvation, diseases and malnutrition, among other things. According to scholars, the apathy of the British government was largely responsible for such a massive tragedy. Despite the enacting of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) in 2013, the situation of the downtrodden and the poor has not changed much in the country as compared to pre-Independence time. On 28...

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Study: World pollution deadlier than wars, disasters, hunger

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and Malaria combined. One out of every six premature deaths in the world in 2015 — about 9 million — could be attributed to disease from toxic exposure, according to a...

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Hungry India: Are we angry enough? -Patralekha Chatterjee

-The Asian Age The fact is that even if India was a few notches higher, it still would be among the severe cases in terms of the magnitude of malnourishment. Do we really trail North Korea and Iraq in the malnutrition stakes? There have been outbursts of anger at India being ranked 100th out 119 countries in the latest edition of the Global Hunger Index by the International Food Policy Research Institute...

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