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Centre extends PMGKAY till Nov for 80 crore people; will spend Rs 93,869 cr on free foodgrains scheme
India

Centre extends PMGKAY till Nov for 80 crore people; will spend Rs 93,869 cr on free foodgrains scheme

Under PMGKAY, launched during the first COVID-19 wave last year, 80 crore beneficiaries covered under the National Food Security Act are provided 5 kg additional foodgrains free of cost per month

Delhi govt's claim on implementation of 'one nation one ration card' misleading, Centre tells SC
India

Delhi govt's claim on implementation of 'one nation one ration card' misleading, Centre tells SC

In an affidavit, the Union government said the AAP government has implemented the 'one nation-one ration card' plan only in Circle 63 Seemapuri

Centre invites Punjab farmers’ unions for 2nd round of discussions on differences over new agriculture laws
India

Centre invites Punjab farmers’ unions for 2nd round of discussions on differences over new agriculture laws

The 3 December meeting comes after farmers’ leaders laid a condition for a ministerial meeting while calling off their 'rail roko' agitation in Punjab

No discrimination or wrong identification of NFSA beneficiaries in Bihar, says Ram Vilas Paswan
India

No discrimination or wrong identification of NFSA beneficiaries in Bihar, says Ram Vilas Paswan

The food minister said that the responsibility to identify beneficiaries under the National Food Safety Act rests with state governments

Sonia Gandhi writes to Narendra Modi, asks him to extend provision of free foodgrains to poor by three months
India

Sonia Gandhi writes to Narendra Modi, asks him to extend provision of free foodgrains to poor by three months

Sonia Gandhi also said that since a significant number of poor households continues to be excluded from the Public Distribution System, 'temporary ration cards must be issued to all such households.'

FM says three meals a day being provided to urban homeless people, but plight of migrant workers under lockdown shows food security is a far cry
India

FM says three meals a day being provided to urban homeless people, but plight of migrant workers under lockdown shows food security is a far cry

Several recent reports have shown that with work drying up, inadequate food has been a major concern for most of the urban poor.

Food minister Ram Vilas Paswan says 20 states getting ready for launch of ration card portability from 1 June
Business

Food minister Ram Vilas Paswan says 20 states getting ready for launch of ration card portability from 1 June

Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Friday said as many as 20 states and union territories are getting ready for implementation of the ambitious ration card portability service 'One Nation-One Ration Card' from 1 June

Coronavirus Outbreak: Before extending lockdown, PDS universalisation, community kitchen expansion and cash grants are critical to prevent food riots
India

Coronavirus Outbreak: Before extending lockdown, PDS universalisation, community kitchen expansion and cash grants are critical to prevent food riots

Only if the Centre steps in to universalise the public distribution system, will the time bomb of mounting hunger be truly defused.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Cabinet okays supply of 2 kg extra subsidised foodgrains through ration shops
Business

Coronavirus Outbreak: Cabinet okays supply of 2 kg extra subsidised foodgrains through ration shops

To ensure sufficient supply during the lockdown, the government on Thursday decided to increase the monthly quota of subsidized foodgrains by 2 kg to 7kg per person through ration shops for 80 crore beneficiaries

Budget 2020 farmer-friendly; takes steps to enhance rural employment livelihood opportunities
Business

Budget 2020 farmer-friendly; takes steps to enhance rural employment livelihood opportunities

The allocation announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for rural development in the Union Budget is notable.

Basic income scheme is more efficient way of delivering welfare to poor: Do BJP and Congress have resolve to implement it?
Business

Basic income scheme is more efficient way of delivering welfare to poor: Do BJP and Congress have resolve to implement it?

Even if the BJP comes up with a counter scheme, it is not likely to be universal; forget the financing part, it is just not good political optics.

Kerala floods: Govt to supply 89,540 tonne foodgrains, 100 tonne pulses, says union minister Ram Vilas Paswan
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Kerala floods: Govt to supply 89,540 tonne foodgrains, 100 tonne pulses, says union minister Ram Vilas Paswan

Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Tuesday said 89,540 tonne of foodgrains and 100 tonne of pulses will be supplied for free to flood-hit Kerala for distribution among those who are not covered under the food security act

Delhi High Court seeks timeline from state govt on implementing provisions of Food Security Act
India

Delhi High Court seeks timeline from state govt on implementing provisions of Food Security Act

The bench granted two weeks to the Delhi government to bring on record the timeline and schedule by when its order and statutory provisions of the NFSA will be complied with in toto.

Delhi starvation deaths: P Chidambaram accuses Centre of 'cruelly neglecting' MGNREGA, Food Security Act
India

Delhi starvation deaths: P Chidambaram accuses Centre of 'cruelly neglecting' MGNREGA, Food Security Act

P Chidambaram spoke about the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) is a social security employment generation legislation which guarantees employment to the poor.

Puducherry L-G Kiran Bedi 'clarifies' order linking free rice distribution with Swachh Bharat campaign after public outrage
India

Puducherry L-G Kiran Bedi 'clarifies' order linking free rice distribution with Swachh Bharat campaign after public outrage

Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi announced an order for the union territory, which would halt free rice distribution to the poor if their villages are not free of open defecation and garbage

Rising prices of grains, digitisation of PDS records pose challenges for the poor to avail food
India

Rising prices of grains, digitisation of PDS records pose challenges for the poor to avail food

The prices of rice, wheat and pulses have been rising steadily making it more difficult for the poor to buy grain at market price.

Budget 2018: Food subsidy bill may swell by 10% to around Rs 1.60 lakh cr in fiscal 2019
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Budget 2018: Food subsidy bill may swell by 10% to around Rs 1.60 lakh cr in fiscal 2019

The focus of the food ministry in the next fiscal would be on making ration shops portable within a district initially and later within a state.

Sonia Gandhi overcame her caste and religion deficits as a politician, but chose Congress' interests over governance
Politics

Sonia Gandhi overcame her caste and religion deficits as a politician, but chose Congress' interests over governance

As the president of Indian National Congress, Sonia Gandhi constructed a political personality for herself that transcended caste and religion, and precisely what the founding fathers of the Indian Constitution had hoped for

WTO deadlock explained: India seeks permanent solution to food security issue, China wants investment debate
World

WTO deadlock explained: India seeks permanent solution to food security issue, China wants investment debate

The 11th WTO ministerial conference meeting in Buenos Aires is on a brink of a collapse. At the centre of the latest crisis is India and China, two of the world's fastest growing economies.

Narendra Modi, NDA must answer P Chidambaram's criticism; riding solely on Hindutva spells trouble
Politics

Narendra Modi, NDA must answer P Chidambaram's criticism; riding solely on Hindutva spells trouble

If the Narendra Modi-led NDA's 'ideology' is just Hindutva with random acts on economics and foreign policy then we are in deeper trouble than we think