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Hunger and Malnutrition in India after a Decade of the National Food Security Act, 2013 - Neetu Sharma, Jyotsna Sripada, Shruthi Raman

National Law School of India University, Bengaluru What is the status of hunger and malnutrition in India? The year 2023 marks a decade since the enactment of the National Food Security Act (NFSA). The Act aims to provide food and nutritional security by ensuring access to quality food at affordable prices. However, despite 10 years of food security being a legal right and the availability of sufficient quantities of food grains, India...

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Obituary: P.V. Satheesh, the Communicator and Idealist who Helped Marginalized Communities Find their Voice

P.V. Satheesh, founder and Executive Director of the Deccan Development Society passed away on 19 March, 2023. Periyapatna Venkatasubbaiah Satheesh – P.V. Satheesh to friends – was born in Mysore in 1945. He studied mass communication and television production at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication and the Film and Television Institute of India. He joined Doordarshan as a senior producer and worked on programming related to rural development and...

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Jharkhand Labourers Protest Against Lack of Work Under MGNREGA - Animesh Bisoee

The Telegraph Labourers from Jharkhand’s West Singhbhum district on Saturday staged a demonstration at a block after being denied work under the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Act (MGNREGA) for the last few months. The mandate of the MGNREGA  is to provide at least 100 days of guaranteed wage employment in a  financial year to every rural household.  “Villagers from across all the 11 panchayats in the Sonua block have been complaining for the...

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Real Wages Declined for Rural Indians in 2022, a Year When the Economy Somewhat Recovered

The year 2022 was supposed to mark the recovery of the Indian economy from the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns of the preceding two years. However, the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February pushed up prices of food, fuel and fertilizer worldwide. In India consumer price inflation, which had declined to under 5 percent in the September-November period of 2021, has steadily increased, staying above 6 percent throughout 2022.    What happened to rural incomes in 2022? An...

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Expand PDS to include non-ration card holders and 10 crore excluded by using old census figures: Right to Food Campaign

A coalition of civil society activits has criticized the Union Budget 2023-24 for reducing government spending on the social sector by a massive amount. The economic crisis induced by the Covid-19 pandemic was borne disproportionately by those at the bottom of the pyramid and in this context spending on social protection schemes such as the Public Distribution System, anganwadis, pensions and MGNREGA is especially important. But the Government of India has...

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