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Maternity entitlements are neglected in states like Jharkhand, M.P. and U.P., reveals JABS survey (2019)

The National Food Security Act 2013 guarantees maternity benefit to the tune of Rs. 6,000/- per child by the Central Government for pregnant women and lactating mothers, barring those who are already availing such benefits while being in regular employment with the Central Government or State Governments or Public Sector Undertakings or under other laws. The NFSA 2013 also legally guarantees free meal for every pregnant woman and lactating mother...

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Budget 2021: Funds for anganwadis under ICDS reduced. Only 40% anganwadis in India have tap water connection; lowest in Assam at 2%, Jharkhand 2.5% -Shivani Gupta Latest data by the Union Jal Shakti Ministry shows that only 39.8% anganwadis are covered with tap water connections. Despite poor infrastructure and lack of basic facilities, such as tap water, the Budget for anganwadis is reduced. To provide tap water supply to rural households, including anganwadis and rural schools, the Narendra Modi government launched its flagship scheme of Jal Jeevan Mission in 2019. The aim is to cover all rural...

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Study points towards hunger and destitution amidst hope for a V-shaped economic recovery

Preliminary findings of a survey among 3,994 respondents from 11 states reveal that most vulnerable households and communities, such as SCs, STs, OBCs, PVTGs, slum dwellers, daily wage labourers, farmers, single women headed households, etc. continue to witness depressed incomes during September-October in comparison to their income levels prior to the lockdown. The face-to-face survey conducted by the Right to Food Campaign and Center for Equity Studies (instead of telephonic...

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Delhi: Families facing income crunch,100k+ kids turn to anganwadis -Fareeha Iftikhar

-Hindustan Times According to data shared by the department, around 560,000 children were enrolled in Delhi’s Anganwadi Centres before the lockdown was enforced in March, a number which has since shot up Over 100,000 children have enrolled in the city’s Anganwadi Centres over the course of the pandemic, official data shows, as families whose incomes have been severely hit over the past few month move their children from private institutions in search...

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Odisha to introduce fish in nutrition programme of children and pregnant women -Debabrata Mohanty

-Hindustan Times The pilot project would integrate fish-based products into the diets of pregnant and lactating women, adolescent girls and children of tribal villages and determine the nutritional potential of adding fish to meals. Bhuaneswar: The Odisha government signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with international non-profit organisation World Fish on Tuesday for a pilot programme to include fish and fish-based products in the supplementary nutrition programme for children, pregnant and nursing...

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