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Second wave wreaking havoc on rural lives. Will it impact rural livelihoods as well?

With the rise in Covid-19 daily new cases and daily new deaths since March this year, media reports (please click here and here) on migrant workers returning back to their native places (i.e. places of origin) from migration destinations (i.e. workplaces likes cities and large industrial towns to where the informal and low skilled workers from the marginalised sections of the society migrate seasonally, and sometimes for a longer duration,...

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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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There is an urgent need for safeguards against unfair discontinuation of social benefits -Jean Drèze

-The Indian Express Temporary denial of food rations is one thing, cancellation of ration cards is far more serious. How many cards have been cancelled for lack of Aadhaar linkage? No one really knows. The Covid crisis has enhanced the dependence of poor people on social security schemes such as the public distribution system (PDS). Many of them, unfortunately, continue to have difficulties in accessing these schemes due to Aadhaar-related problems. Startling findings...

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Reinforcing social welfare schemes to withstand crises -Rituparna Sanyal and Shraddha Shrivastava How did India’s Public Distribution System adapt during COVID-19 and what can other social protection schemes learn from it? Social Protection (SP) broadly refers to a set of policies and programmes aimed at protecting people against poverty, vulnerability, and social exclusion throughout their life. Over the last 15 years, India has witnessed a growth in rights-based entitlements and systemic reforms to build a more inclusive SP system. These encompass the Mid-Day...

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Centre praises Rajasthan’s achievements in ration card scheme

-The Hindu Make the process for procurement of wheat offline in current season, says Jaipur . JAIPUR: The Centre has praised the achievements of Rajasthan in the implementation of “one nation, one ration card” scheme to enable the migrant workers and their family members access the benefits of PDS from anywhere. Rajasthan is the 12th State to successfully undertake the reform. Union Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey, who was on a visit to the...

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