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Lockdown Hit Migrant Workers' Savings, Forced Many to Take Loans: Gurugram Survey -Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

-TheWire.in The study also showed that most of the workers from far away states wanted to leave at the earliest. New Delhi: A survey of migrant workers in Gurugram, Haryana has revealed that the prolonged lockdown has left most of them without any savings and forced many to take loans. Also, while most of those who hail from far-off states like Assam, Bihar and West Bengal are keen to return to their...

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Averting hunger during monsoon calls for bold food security measures -Jean Dreze

-The Indian Express The cash crunch is hindering the state governments’ relief efforts at every step. Centre must urgently provide additional foodgrain to poorest states for expanding PDS coverage. As the monsoon advances, there is an urgent need to consider what can be done to prevent hunger during the rainy season — the hardest time of the year for poor families in large parts of rural India. The monsoon is expected to...

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‘One Nation One Ration Card’ Could Have Changed How the Pandemic Affected Migrants -Bal Krishan Negi and Seema Bathla

-TheWire.in It is high time migrant workers were included in the ambit of the Public Distribution System. The government’s proposal for ‘one nation one ration card’ is a longstanding need for migrant labourers across the country. The proposed measure will provide workers not only with monthly food entitlements wherever they are living for work, but also improve their nutritional status. Tracing developments in the Public Distribution System (PDS), it can be seen that...

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India let 65 lakh tonnes of grain go to waste in four months, even as the poor went hungry -Vikas Rawal, Manish Kumar, Ankur Verma and Jesim Pais

-Scroll.in ‘In a period when people have been dying of hunger, the government has increased the amount of grain it is hoarding in its godowns.’ Instead of using its grain stocks to feed the poor and hungry during the coronavirus-lockdown crisis, the Indian government is letting this food rot in its godowns. The government does not have proper storage facilities for stocking such a large amount of excess grain. Since much of...

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COVID-19 Lockdown: Impact on Agriculture and Rural Economy -Vikas Rawal, Manish Kumar, Ankur Verma and Jesim Pais

-Society for Social and Economic Research Monograph 20/3 Key Messages Lack of planning and preparation by the Central government for tackling the COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a massive blow to India’s economy and has caused enormous hardships to working people of the country. Harvesting of Rabi crops • Unplanned and sudden imposition of the lockdown resulted in a massive and unprecedented disruption to agricultural activities such as harvesting, sale of agricultural produce, and purchase...

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