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Cash transfers for subsidised foodgrain: Government claims 99% success. Not so, say 33% -Mridula Chari

ot scheme also finds that 67% of respondents now prefer cash transfers. In three Union territories where the government is running an experimental project to distribute cash instead of subsidised foodgrains, a third of beneficiaries surveyed said they either had not received any money at all (with or without proof) or did not know if they had received it. This despite government claims that 99% of the cash transfers were successful. These findi

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Judicial probe cry

the institution," the letter says. It cites BHU students' allegations of gender discrimination at the hostels, such as "curfew timings" in the girls' hostels, where only vegetarian food is served while the boys' hostels serve non-vegetarian meals. It says the girls are, unlike the boys, forced to sign affidavits restricting them from participating in protests. The letter seeks legal action against the molesters, proper lightin

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Not Doing Away With Hot Meals For Children Under ICDS, Centre Clarifies -Anoo Bhuyan

-TheWire.in This comes after Maneka Gandhi recently said the government was considering moving from food transfers to cash transfers. New Delhi: The Ministry of Women and Child Development has said there is no plan of replacing hot cooked meals, which the government currently provides to children between the ages of three and six years, by either uncooked food such as ‘nutrient packets’,

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Forget fast growth, India is barely holding on. Just look at the data -Chaitanya Kalbag

.1% in July, compared with a rise of 6.3% in July 2016. Consumer price inflation rose by 3.36% in August, up sharply from 2.36% in July and a cheering low of 1.54% in June, driven mainly by higher food and fuel prices. Since ‘dynamic’ daily pricing for petrol and diesel was introduced in June, prices have shot up. Modi’s government has hiked excise duties on petrol and diesel several times; although the price of Brent crude is hal

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Maneka Gandhi Clashes With NITI Aayog on Replacing food With Cash Transfers -Anoo Bhuyan

-TheWire.in The government is finalising a pilot project in line with NITI Aayog’s recent suggestion that children and mothers be given cash transfers instead of cooked or uncooked food. At a conference on under-nutrition organised by the Ministry of Women and Child Development this week, Union minister Maneka Gandhi said that the government is keen to overhaul the Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS) and withdraw the provisions o

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What ails rural Rajasthan -Sudhir Kumar Suthar

icts. In the last few years, expenditure on education and health has increased in the districts. The areas are also victims of a health crisis created by the overuse of chemicals in the production of food items, including vegetables and fruits. Please click here to read more.

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Indian economy in a tailspin: What went wrong -Asit Ranjan Mishra and Gireesh Chandra Prasad

was increasing by 7.5%. Income of the poorest was growing rapidly (and) that drove growth as well as inflation,” he said. The problem began in 2013-14 when things started to reverse. Global food prices came down while the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) still maintained a restrictive monetary policy. Growth in the minimum support price (MSP) of selected farm products slowed dramatically to 3.5% per year from an average of around 8% earlier. A

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Replacing take-home rations with cash transfers in aanganwadis is a terrible idea

lk, fruits, and other nutritious rations. The case is not different in rural situations. If anything, it is worse. Whether pregnant mothers and infants – especially girls – eat nutritious food is of almost no concern. In such a scenario, the aanganwaadis and the THR scheme was a way to ensure that women and infants were at least getting these rations. Women occupy positions of very little power in families and cannot be expected to be able

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With Prices Rising Post-GST, Has the Government Taken the Public for a Ride? -Arun Kumar

ent. Have prices of goods and services risen because the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is faulty or because it was not designed properly? Eighteen percent GST is levied on the food in a restaurant. This has raised the cost of eating out. Is this what was intended in the original design of the GST? One of the benefits of the GST touted by the government was that prices would come down, but the opposite has happened. Prices of mo

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The Forgotten Farmers Of Tamil Nadu: 107 Days of Protest in Delhi and Still Counting -M Mahalingam

nd phase, in an attempt to demonstrate their desperation, they ate beef, went to Raghat to seek the help of Gandhi to free the farmers from the yoke of debt, clenched rodents between their teeth, ate food from the garbage, sang songs, embraced celibacy, slept on beds of thorns, ate human excreta. Some part of the protest this time has been directed at Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The farmers performed yagna so that PM Modi would understand their p

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