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100 million Indians fall through gaps in food safety net, economists urge rethink on Covid-19 relief

-Scroll.in The Central government is using outdated population figures to determine grain allocations to states under the food security law.   Millions of Indians live on the verge of hunger even in normal times. Now, with the coronavirus epidemic sweeping the world and India declaring a five week-long economic lockdown to contain it, hunger threatens an even larger population which has no income to buy food. As part of its economic central government has...

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It's time to universalize the PDS to avoid hunger & starvation during lockdown, appeal social activists to the union food minister

-Press release by Right to Food Campaign dated 13th April, 2020 Supported by more than 450 concerned citizens and civil society organisations, an appeal has been sent by the Right to Food Campaign to the Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Shri Ram Vilas Paswan on 13th April, 2020. In that letter to the food minister, the Right to Campaign -- an informal network of organisations and individuals committed...

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Rising food insecurity: Tackling hunger during the coronavirus crisis -Geetanjali Krishna

-Business Standard Food insecurity is on the rise as subsidised food distributed via govt-run ration shops is not easily available to everyone Napoleon once famously said that an army marches on its stomach. Many argue that the present countrywide lockdown is causing widespread poverty and consequent hunger, making it that much harder for the nation to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. In this context, the work of Dilli Rozi Roti Adhikar Abhiyan (DRRAA), Right...

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Excess stocks of the Food Corporation of India must be released to the poor -Jean Drèze

-The Indian Express Jean Dreze writes: Releasing food is all the more crucial as the emergency cash transfers proposed by the finance minister are likely to have severe limitations. How would you feel if a family were to let its weakest members starve, even as the house’s granary is full to the brim? That is what is happening in India today. Everyone knows that the country has large food stocks, and that some...

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Bengal village starves as ration cards mortgaged with money lenders -Pronab Mondal

-The New Indian Express The poor labourers deposit their ration cards as guarantee for borrowing money to bear treatment expenditure or conduct weddings. KOLKATA: Almost an entire village in Purulia district is starving as ration cards of around 50 families of tribal daily wagers are mortgaged with the local money lenders. The beneficiaries are now being deprived of the free food grains through Public Distribution System (PDS) as announced by Bengal chief...

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