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How the Privatization of Medicine in India Is Accelerating Its COVID-19 Death Toll -Yogesh Jain Health care profiteering in COVID times. Spiraling health care expenses in India have been pushing more than 55 million Indians into a state of abject Poverty every year. COVID-19 has only worsened the trend for even more families—like Aghan Singh’s. To ensure that his sick mother received the best treatment, Singh, a self-employed motor mechanic in the small town of Bilaspur, in Chhattisgarh, India, decided to take her to a popular private...

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Nutrition portal to monitor services at anganwadis down for nearly three months -Jagriti Chandra

-The Hindu Snag comes amid rising levels of hunger and Poverty. Some States have developed their own software modules A massive nutrition portal developed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), which is used by the Centre as well as most States, and touted as the world’s biggest nutrition system, to record and monitor delivery of services to children and mothers across nearly seven lakh anganwadis has been down for nearly...

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Over 9 crore employed under MGNREGA in 2020, the highest since enactment in 2008 by UPA govt

-National Herald The numbers show that it has come to the rescue of India’s rural workforce as the country battles one of its worst phases of economic slowdown and unemployment Over 9 crore persons living in rural parts of the country found informal work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in 2020 till October, a Right to Information (RTI) reply seen by NH has revealed. The rural workers...

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Women out of work: ‘We were moving up the ladder and ab lagta hai kisi ne seedhi chheen li’ -Somya Lakhani

-The Indian Express The Covid lockdown has set off sweeping economic distress in cities but its crucial dimension has remained untold: the silent, devastating toll on the working woman in the city suddenly out of work *A month into the lockdown after she lost her job at an energy policy institute that paid  Rs 24,000 a month, 29-year-old Reshma, a post-graduate in social work, sent her four-year-old daughter to live with her...

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COVID-19: New UN alliance to stave off ‘catastrophic food crisis’ -Susan Chacko

-Down to Earth Proposed by Italy and led by Food and Agriculture Organization, the alliance aims to increase resilience of agricultural food systems, ensure global food access The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has pulled food systems apart, threatening food security and nutrition. At least 690 million people went hungry in 2019, according to the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report, 2020. Now, the pandemic could tip over...

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