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India must detoxify its poisoned farmlands

ate failure of the department itself, the genesis of the crisis dates back to the time of the Green Revolution in the 1960s when the need was felt to sharply increase crop productivity to ensure food security. This problem --- increase in the use of pesticides --- is not an India-specific problem: Since 1950, population has doubled, yet the area of arable land used to feed these people has increased by only 10%. There are huge pressures to provide foo

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Shyam Khadka, India's representative at the FAO of the United Nations, interviewed by Sayantan Bera (

AO) of the United Nations, says more Indians are moving out of agriculture due to distress and not because the manufacturing sector is inviting them. In an interview, Khadka calls for converting food security into nutritional security. Edited excerpts: * Despite consecutive years of normal monsoon, farmers are protesting. How do you see the distress situation in Indian agriculture? On the price front,

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Non-linking of aadhaar with ration card is denying people their right to food

ases and malnutrition, among other things. According to scholars, the apathy of the British government was largely responsible for such a massive tragedy. Despite the enacting of the National Food security Act (NFSA) in 2013, the situation of the downtrodden and the poor has not changed much in the country as compared to pre-Independence time. On 28 September, 2017 an 11-year old child named Santoshi died due to starvation in Karimati village of Si

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No Aadhaar, no food rations: 11 stories that show the Jharkhand child death was no aberration -Stuti Pachisia

o register on the fingerprint scanning machines. Often, the internet connection fails. The result is that they are unable to access the foodgrains they are legally entitled to under the National Food security Act. Among the worst hit are the most vulnerable and needy people – the elderly, in particular – who have either not been able to enrol in Aadhaar, or have failed to get their Aadhaar numbers linked to their rations cards, or who f

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Fund crunch: 88% of NREGA budget over, 6 months left -Shalini Nair

comes even as the demand for work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act is expected to peak from next month, after the harvest of Kharif crops. The demand-driven social security scheme guarantees 100 days of wage employment in a year to any rural household whose members volunteer to do unskilled manual work. The monsoon months leading up to October are a relatively slack period for MGNREGA as agriculture ensures stable i

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New guidelines for social audit to boost Food security Scheme -Anand Mishra

od and public distribution held three meetings through video conferencing with officials of all states In order to check foodgrain pilferage from PDS shops and ensure delivery of the benefits food security, the Government on Monday came out with detailed guidelines for social audit of the central scheme. A ministry official told DNA that in order to ensure transparency in the implementation of the PDS, the central and the state Act, the state gover

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Food security: Solution lies in traditional food -Archana Mishra

nd Gonds After spending almost a month among tribals of Mandla in Madhya Pradesh, I can confidently say that by restricting ourselves to Public Distribution System (PDS), we cannot solve the food security issues of the country.   The problem is graver. In a district like Mandla, where aboriginals like Baiga and Gonds have been exposed to a different culture in last one decade, they have gradually moved away from the traditional food More »

Denied food because she did not have Aadhaar-linked ration card, Jharkhand girl dies of starvation -Aarefa Johari

came from an impoverished family in Simdega’s Karimati village, died on September 28. With no land, jobs or steady income, the family is eligible for subsidised rations under the National Food security Act. However, according to local news reports and an independent fact-finding report by members of the non-profit Right to Food Campaign and NREGA Watch, the local ration dealer had refused to give Santoshi’s family their rations for the pa

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Aadhaar linkage: Telcos use pressure tactics on users -Pankaj Doval

om mobile operators and their field associates, asking them to link their numbers with Aadhaar. Telecom companies cite a directive from the Department of Telecom (which cited a Supreme Court order on security) to re-verify all existing connections with Aadhaar by February 6, 2018. While the DoT has used an observation by the court as a binding directive, an interim order by the court states that Aadhaar enrolment could not be made mandatory. Also,

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A Brief Case for the Indian Jhola -Ashwini Deshpande

sed. Drèze, arguably India’s best known action-oriented researcher, is well-known for his active role in the formulation and/or support of several of contemporary India’s social security schemes — the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), Right to Food or the National Food security Act, Right to Information and so on. (Incidentally, in the book he disparages the media

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