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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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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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Put some money in the hands of that they have money when lockdown opens, says Abhijit Banerjee -Sandeep Phukan

-The Hindu Right now, linking Aadhar with Public Distribution System would have been very good, the Nobel laureate tells former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in a conversation The Congress on Tuesday released an edited video of a conversation between Nobel laureate Professor Abhijit Banerjee and former party chief Rahul Gandhi on the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are the excerpts from the conversation. Rahul Gandhi: Just out of curiosity, you got...

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Have Daily Wage Earners Been Betrayed By Biometric Authentication? - Newsclick Team and Road Scholarz The Public Distribution System is an essential social security measure, especially during a crisis like Covid-19, but biometric authentication is a roadblock. Over the past few weeks, the situation for daily wage earners has been particularly dismal. A telephonic survey with over a 100 people in rural areas of six states (Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh) by Road Scholarz, conducted in two phases (26-31 March and...

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