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Odisha: 78% of poor households about to exhaust PDS rice: Survey -Debabrata Mohanty

-Hindustan Times The dire projections of an acute food shortage came to the fore on the completion of four months of lockdown restrictions, which were imposed in end-March in a bid to prevent the spread of the raging coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak and the despite the largesse from the state government for 94 lakh beneficiaries between April and June. Bhubaneswar: A survey of Pension Beneficiaries from the four migration- prone districts of...

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FM’s announcement of Rs 1.7 lakh crore in the wake of COVID-19, is less than half of the Rs. 3.75 lakh crores required to fulfill the minimal “emergency measures”, convey concerned citizens & grassroots activists

-Press releases by NREGA Sangharsh Morcha dated 26th March, 2020 Civil society activists and concerned citizens have responded to the emergency measures that were announced by the Finance Minister on 26th March, 2020 for the poor, the vulnerable and the migrant & informal workers. An open letter by NREGA Sangharsh Morcha -- an umbrella organisation of CSOs and social activists working for the unorganised sector and MGNREGA workers -- has been issued...

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Centre cautions states against leak of Aadhaar data on portals

-PTI NEW DELHI: The Centre has cautioned states against disclosing Aadhaar data and other personal details of individuals on their official websites, warning such actions can attract jail term of three years. The Union IT Ministry has also asked the states to review website content of various departments and take "precautions" to ensure that personal data of individuals, including Aadhaar numbers or bank account details, do not appear on portals. The direction comes...

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Lakhs of Aadhaar numbers appear on Jharkhand govt site -Prashant Pandey

-The Indian Express It’s unclear for how long the data had been displayed on the website. Ranchi: The Aadhaar numbers of lakhs of Pension Beneficiaries are suspected to have been displayed on a government website in Jharkhand in violation of the Aadhaar Act, which mandates that the unique identity number can’t be “published, displayed or posted publicly”. The lapse came to light on Saturday evening when the UIDAI office in Ranchi called...

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Govt likely to go for pension universalization-Elizabeth Roche and Kirthi V Rao

-Live Mint Move may help the Congress renew its appeal to a traditional constituency; activists raise objections In yet another move that the ruling Congress Party hopes will help renew its appeal to a traditional constituency, the ministry of rural development has indicated it is likely to accept the recommendations of a panel that has suggested the universalization of pensions. The task force headed by Planning Commission member Mihir Shah was set up...

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