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COVID-19 lockdown has impacted rural livelihoods severely, shows recent report by a group of NGOs

-Press release by VikasAnvesh Foundation, Sambodhi, Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN), BAIF Development Research Foundation (BAIF), Action for Social Advancement (ASA), SATHI-UP, Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), Grameen Sahara and Transforming Rural India Foundation (TRIF), dated 13th May, 2020 One of the largest surveys to assess the impact of COVID 19 and the lockdowns on the rural poor was recently undertaken by leading Indian NGOs. The collaborating NGOs have footprints...

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In order to help migrant workers, Centre and states should ensure Free Travel, Free COVID Tests, Free Universal PDS, Wages and Cash Support and Universal Employment Guarantee, among other things

-Press release by Right to Food Campaign dated 8th May, 2020 The Right to Food Campaign has issued a statement insisting the central and state governments to ensure that all labourers get free rations, transport facilities and are treated with dignity.   Please click here to access the statement issued by Right to Food Campaign insisting on free rations, transport facility and dignity for stranded migrants. For more information, please contact the following...

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A grain stockist with a role still relevant -Sudha Narayanan

-The Hindu In the middle of the pandemic, the FCI holds the key to warding off a looming crisis of hunger and starvation For several years now, the Food Corporation of India (FCI) has drawn attention for all the wrong reasons. Set up under the Food Corporations Act 1964, in its first decade, the FCI was at the forefront of India’s quest of self-sufficiency in rice and wheat following the Green Revolution,...

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Delhi: Survey Reveals Only 30% Ration Shops Distributing PDS Grains, Special Kits -Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

-TheWire.in Food rights campaigners urge Arvind Kejriwal to intervene, simplify e-coupon process, set up facilitation desks at all ration shops, food department offices. New Delhi: Despite the Delhi high court’s recent direction urging the Delhi government to ensure that all fair price shops operated during working hours and distributed public distribution system (PDS) grains, a survey has revealed that only 62% are functioning and only half of them are distributing grains. Following...

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It’s about food, nutrition and livelihood security -MS Swaminathan & Nitya Rao

-The Hindu Farmers’ cooperation, technological upgrading and favourable public policies can help India deal with the pandemic The current national lockdown to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the problems of food, nutrition and livelihood security confronting a large number of rural people, in particular, migrants to cities. While some measures have been announced, such as provision of additional rice or wheat, some pulses and oil free of cost, as well as...

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