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In Covid-19 pandemic, four food records -Harish Damodaran

-The Indian Express PDS offtake, procurement, warehouse stocks, and foodgrain exports hit highs in the last one year. Abundant farm produce and government initiatives enabled these even amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Record offtake, record procurement, record stocks in government warehouses and record exports. This has been the story of four records in the last one year and more of the Covid-19 pandemic, when “food” – more specifically, rice and wheat channelled through...

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It’s time to protect the poor and the migrants from rising edible oil prices

In his Mann ki Baat address to the nation on 30th May, 2021, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi appreciated the fact that the farmers received "more than the minimum support price (MSP) for mustard" pertaining to the rabi production. One can easily guess from this statement of the PM that the mustard growers in Haryana (and elsewhere) preferred to sell their produce to private traders in the open market instead...

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30% of ration card holders yet to get PMGKAY benefit for May -Priscilla Jebaraj

-The Hindu Centre urges States to issue more ration cards to vulnerable. Almost a third of all ration card holders are yet to get their free foodgrains allocation for May under the Centre’s COVID-19 relief scheme, according to the Food Ministry. At a press conference on Thursday, Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey also said it was up to the States to take further action on providing rations to migrants and others without ration...

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Centre directs states/UTs to provide ration cards to most vulnerable and poor under NFSA

-PTI/ Firstpost.com Under the National Food Security Act, 81 crore ration card holders are each entitled to 5 kg of wheat and rice every month at a subsidised rate of Rs 2 to 3 per kg New Delhi: The Centre has issued an advisory to all states and UTs to identify and issue ration cards to the most vulnerable and economically weaker sections of society to ensure their coverage under the National...

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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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