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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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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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COVID-19: One nation, one ration card turns spotlight on 2017 govt report -Shagun Kapil

-Down to Earth The Union govt report had asked states to remove provisions that restricted migrants in accessing PDS benefits The Supreme Court asked the Union government on April 30, 2020 to consider adopting a ‘one nation, one ration card’ scheme for migrants stuck in cities due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. This has brought the spotlight on a 2017 government report on migration that emphasised that short-term migrants usually lose...

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HC directs Delhi govt to file detailed report on supply of rations through PDS -Richa Banka

-Hindustan Times The court also said that the government shall ensure that all ration shops remain operational and disburse food grains, in accordance with the policy formulated by the Centre and state government. New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday asked the Delhi government to file a detailed status report on the supply of rations through the Public Distribution System and other mechanisms, such as e-coupons, in response to a plea...

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