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Union Budget 2021: Slashed funds for NREGA, Poshan Abhiyan 2.0, elderly pensions reflect poorly on Centre
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Union Budget 2021: Slashed funds for NREGA, Poshan Abhiyan 2.0, elderly pensions reflect poorly on Centre

The biggest hoodwink is the starved Poshan Abhiyan 2.0, which though merges the Supplementary Nutrition Programme and the Poshan Abhiyan, has been allocated an amount less than what was prescribed for Anganwadi services in 2020

Farmers' protest is 'about politics, not economics', India's IMF executive director Surjit Bhalla tells CNN-News18
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Farmers' protest is 'about politics, not economics', India's IMF executive director Surjit Bhalla tells CNN-News18

About the mandi system, the economist said that the government should be able to acquire food for the PDS system from the marketplace instead of the mandis

RTI reponse reveals over 18 lakh ration cards applications pending in UP; 56.8% requests rejected
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RTI reponse reveals over 18 lakh ration cards applications pending in UP; 56.8% requests rejected

The large backlog of pending ration card applications and the return of more than 30 lakh migrant workers to Uttar Pradesh during the COVID-19-induced lockdown is a worrying combination, especially when many have lost their means of livelihood

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

Poor in Bengaluru unsure of next meal during COVID-19 lockdown; low quality PDS ration, absence of mid-day meals contributed to food insecurity
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Poor in Bengaluru unsure of next meal during COVID-19 lockdown; low quality PDS ration, absence of mid-day meals contributed to food insecurity

Many poor people in Bengaluru were forced to depend on meals and rations provided through the philanthropic efforts of private individuals.

Jharkhand's daily-wage labourers left out of PDS safety net fear starvation as employment dries up during COVID-19 lockdown
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Jharkhand's daily-wage labourers left out of PDS safety net fear starvation as employment dries up during COVID-19 lockdown

The white ration card has become a bane for many daily-wage workers in many districts of Jharkhand, especially Palamu, Simdega, West Singhbhum, and Bokar. More so, since the nationwide lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic has left them without any income for more than two months.

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

As migrant workers prepare to leave megacities, fixing gaps in PDS and DBT will be key to preventing large scale unrest back home
India

As migrant workers prepare to leave megacities, fixing gaps in PDS and DBT will be key to preventing large scale unrest back home

The shramik trains can take a few thousand of migrant workers back to their home towns. For the rest, whose numbers will still be considerable, their main problem, as lockdown continues, will be hunger, not the virus, and a further deepening of existing social and income inequalities.

MHA directs West Bengal govt not to obstruct central teams assessing lockdown measures; TMC dubs visit 'adventure tourism'
Politics

MHA directs West Bengal govt not to obstruct central teams assessing lockdown measures; TMC dubs visit 'adventure tourism'

Centre has directed the West Bengal government not to obstruct the work of two central teams visiting the state for an on-the-spot assessment of implementation of lockdown measures taken to fight novel coronavirus

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
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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

Hemant Soren govt says no hunger deaths in Jharkhand; activists question claim, say lack of accountability will hurt marginalised
India

Hemant Soren govt says no hunger deaths in Jharkhand; activists question claim, say lack of accountability will hurt marginalised

In the past, Hemant Soren has repeatedly criticised the former BJP government’s “stoic silence” over hunger deaths in Jharkhand.

Delhi Report Card: Doorstep delivery of services may prove winner for AAP as UT readies to vote
Politics

Delhi Report Card: Doorstep delivery of services may prove winner for AAP as UT readies to vote

If perceptions indeed win elections, then AAP has certainly made a strong case among voters with its intentions and delivery of good governance at least in part

Hemant Soren to take oath as Jharkhand CM on 29 Dec, says state won't implement NRC, CAA if even one Jharkhandi is uprooted
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Hemant Soren to take oath as Jharkhand CM on 29 Dec, says state won't implement NRC, CAA if even one Jharkhandi is uprooted

Jharkhand chief minister-designate Hemant Soren on Tuesday said he will go through the details of the citizenship law and if even one person from his state is uprooted due to it, it will not be implemented

Complete breakdown of welfare schemes like PDS, MNREGA in Jharkhand's Latehar district: Villagers blame loopholes, lackadaisical officials
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Complete breakdown of welfare schemes like PDS, MNREGA in Jharkhand's Latehar district: Villagers blame loopholes, lackadaisical officials

While issues in the PDS scheme have affected people across Jharkhand, activists pointed to another factor that has contributed to the spate of starvation deaths - loopholes in implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA or NREGA), and the lack of accountability for its failure in the state.

Air India wants govt to provide Rs 2,500 crore as debt; airline owes Rs 4,500 cr in fuel dues, hasn't paid in 200 days
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Air India wants govt to provide Rs 2,500 crore as debt; airline owes Rs 4,500 cr in fuel dues, hasn't paid in 200 days

In the current fiscal Air India hasn't got any equity support from the Centre and is now finding it hard to meet working expenses

Odisha to implement 'One Nation, One Ration Card' scheme on pilot basis in Bhubaneshwar from 1 September
India

Odisha to implement 'One Nation, One Ration Card' scheme on pilot basis in Bhubaneshwar from 1 September

Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister RP Swain said the 'One Nation, One ration Card' scheme will be extended to other parts of Odisha in a phased manner

Inter-state portability of ration card begins in 4 states; to be rolled out across India by June 2020: Ram Vilas Paswan
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Inter-state portability of ration card begins in 4 states; to be rolled out across India by June 2020: Ram Vilas Paswan

In these four states, both intra-state and inter-state portability of ration card is being implemented successfully, Paswan said.

Economic Survey 2019 presents good overview, but should not be read as precursor to Sitharaman's maiden Budget
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Economic Survey 2019 presents good overview, but should not be read as precursor to Sitharaman's maiden Budget

The Economic Survey also takes a view that the NPA issue is behind us and hence banks can now lend.

Centre has approved pilot scheme on fortification of rice, distribution through PDS, WCD Ministry tells Rajya Sabha
India

Centre has approved pilot scheme on fortification of rice, distribution through PDS, WCD Ministry tells Rajya Sabha

'Financial assistance of up to 90 percent in case of North-Eastern, Hilly and Island States has been extended,' Smriti Irani said.