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Migrant hunger and lockdown games -Amrita Johri and Anjali Bhardwaj

-The Hindu Business Line The government is seen doing very little to mitigate the woes of the thousands of migrant workers who have been pushed to the brink of Starvation by the lockdown * Post the Covid-19 lockdown, unorganised sector migrant labourers have been unable to afford even two square meals a day * 78 per cent of workers surveyed said they had less than ₹300 * Economic relief packages such as PMGKY have...

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Food is a Necessity, So is Making it Available -Hari Vasudevan

-Newsclick.in Today's India has revealed a social innocence about genuine Starvation and want, limiting public capacity to make demands of the state. Food is a necessity.  Several generations in India regard this home-truth as a stark fact that they have been brought up to respect, either due to experience, or through memory.  In some cases, such generations have lived on the edge of India's many Kalahandis, normally ignored, because they are ephemeral,...

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Use FCI's foodgrain reserve for addressing hunger & Starvation, instead of ethanol production for hand sanitisers

-Press note by Right to Food Campaign dated 21st April, 2020 The Right to Food Campaign has issued a statement in the response to the Central Government's decision to convert the FCI’s food grains into ethanol to make hand sanitisers. Please click here to read it. For more information, please contact the following organisation: Right to Food Campaign Secretariat 24, Block-A, Adhchini, Sarvodaya Enclave, New Delhi–110017 Email: [email protected] Phone: 011- 41613468 Website: www.righttofoodcampaign.in Aysha (8527359760), Gangaram Paikra (9977462084), Kavita Srivastava...

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A long haul, spend wisely, but don’t skimp on the truly needy -Amartya Sen , Abhijit Banerjee & Raghuram Rajan

-The Indian Express Amartya Sen, Raghuram Rajan, Abhijit Banerjee write: As it becomes clear that the lockdown will go on for quite a while, the biggest worry right now, by far, is that a huge number of people will be pushed into dire poverty or even Starvation by the combination of the loss of their livelihoods and interruptions in the standard delivery mechanisms. We in India worry a lot about the possible...

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Coronavirus Lockdown: As Hunger Grows, the Fear of Starvation Is Real -Kabir Agarwal

-TheWire.in Over 100 million people face food insecurity if the PDS is not universalised. Meerut: Tek Narayan and Shyam Kishore Singh are migrant labourers who were employed at a construction site earning Rs 300 a day. Since the lockdown was announced, they have been stranded at the site, which is located on the outskirts of Meerut. Their homes are over 1,200 kilometres away in Latehar, one of the most backward districts of...

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