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Hunger, nutrition are worse than before lockdown. PDS must be universalised -Dipa Sinha and Rajendran Narayanan

-The Indian Express All indications show that an economic revival will take some time — support is required during this period to at least prevent starvation. The effects of the lockdown and the resultant economic crisis continue to disproportionately impact the poor and informal sector workers. Since the lockdown, the Government of India (GoI) has announced relief packages under the Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) and Atmanirbhar Bharat. However, numerous studies...

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Food security? 15 lakh people of Gujarat's 10 backward districts 'taken off' subsidy list -Pankti Jog

-Counterview.net If a reply received under the Right to Information (RTI) Act is to be believed, a whopping 3.96 lakh ration cards have been deleted from the National Food Security Act (NFSA) benefit in Gujarat. This comes to over 15 lakh people, all of them belonging to tribal and backwards areas. They have been thrown out of the subsided ration cover despite the current Covid situation. As per NFSA, passed in 2013...

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Right to Food Campaign opposes all the three farm bills passed by the Parliament

-Press release by the Right to Food Campaign dated 26th September, 2020 The Right to Food Campaign opposes all the three farm bills passed by the Parliament and urges the President of India to not give his approval to these bills. The Right to Food Campaign believes that the Union Government instead of protecting the rights of farmers by giving appropriate price for farm produce, strengthening Mandis and ensuring a system...

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Chhattisgarh reopens its anganwadis to provide daily hot nutritious meals -Sarah Khan

-GaonConnection.com Chhattisgarh has become the first state in the country to reopen its anganwadi centres amid the COVID-19 to offer health and nutrition services to kids and women After remaining shut for almost half a year, 55,000 anganwadis in Chhattisgarh reopened yesterday on September 7 to provide hot nutritious meals and health services to 1.5 million children under the age of six years, and 0.5 million pregnant and lactating women registered with...

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Universalisation and inclusion of nutritious food items in the PDS are the solutions for food insecurity problem

-Press release by the Right to Food Campaign dated 17th August, 2020 The Budget Session of Parliament was curtailed due to Covid-19 and the sudden imposition of lockdown and since then the Parliament has not been in session. Therefore, several civil society organisation networks and peoples’ movements, have organised an online Janta Parliament from 16th August to 21st August on a variety of social issues ranging from health to civil liberties. In...

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