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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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Perils of lockdown and informal sector workers: Reflections in the time of Covid-19 -Amrita Ghatak & Kingshuk Sarkar

-Vikalp.ind.in The unprecedented fear of Covid-19 leading to ‘social distancing’ through lockdown in the entire India has yet again unfolded the plight of informal sector workers even in the midst of a universal public health crisis worldwide. The lockdown, for a huge number of informal sector workers is associated with the loss of livelihood; but for others engaged in low-valued essential works such as home delivery, scavenging and cleaning the society,...

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COVID-19: Delhi PDS Shops Shut, Owners Say Lack of Supplies Owners State Lack of Supplies -Sumedha Pal

-Newsclick.in A survey conducted of ration shops in Delhi reveals loopholes in the public distribution system as many continue to starve. Despite government announcements and civil society aid, food security continues to remain a problem for the poor in Delhi. Many continue to starve amid the 21-day lockdown imposed to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. Although the Delhi government has announced measures for the supply of food grains to the poor,...

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As Covid-19 pandemic hits India’s daily-wage earners hard, some leave city for their home towns -Shoaib Daniyal, Supriya Sharma & Naresh Fernandes

-Scroll.in With authorities shutting down key institutions in several cities, sputtering economy hurts the most vulnerable. On Friday afternoon, Bandra Terminus in suburban Mumbai seemed to be its usual bustling self. Scores of people lined up to buy themselves tickets to places in western and northern India. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary, except for the fact that many of the passengers had coverings around their faces: some wore construction masks, some...

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Ration card arrives too late for villager in Jharkhand -Achintya Ganguly

-The Telegraph Unemployed man's card reaches him, but after his demise Ranchi: Bhukhal Ghasi, an unemployed villager of Bokaro district had no ration card when he died, allegedly of Starvation. Now the ration card that has been issued after his death entitles him to ration, posthumously. That was what a fact-finding team of the Jharkhand wing of the Right to Food Campaign found in Bhukhal’s village, Karma Shankardih under Singhpur panchayat of Kasmar...

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