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COVID-19: Delhi PDS Shops Shut, Owners Say Lack of Supplies Owners State Lack of Supplies -Sumedha Pal A survey conducted of ration shops in Delhi reveals loopholes in the public distribution system as many continue to starve. Despite government announcements and civil society aid, Food Security continues to remain a problem for the poor in Delhi. Many continue to starve amid the 21-day lockdown imposed to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. Although the Delhi government has announced measures for the supply of food grains to the poor,...

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India's Food Security discussed at WTO amidst Covid-19 pandemic -Sachin Kumar Sharma & Adeet Dobhal

-The Hindu Business Line WTO rules restrict India’s ability to build its food stock as the procurement of food grains at MSP is subject to strict limits With almost all economic activities likely to remain at a low key in the coming months, the Covid-19 pandemic could have a devastating impact on the livelihood and Food Security of millions of people across India. It is generally recognised that food stocks of 58...

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Shift to upscaling food rationing now -Madhura Swaminathan

-The Hindu Expanded rations will not only bring relief in this pandemic but also help sustain a nourished and healthy population Two days ago, the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a ₹1.7-lakh crore package of social security measures to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic in the period of the 21-day lockdown. In respect of Food Security, the package falls far short of what is needed. I argue that we need to immediately...

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FM’s announcement of Rs 1.7 lakh crore in the wake of COVID-19, is less than half of the Rs. 3.75 lakh crores required to fulfill the minimal “emergency measures”, convey concerned citizens & grassroots activists

-Press releases by NREGA Sangharsh Morcha dated 26th March, 2020 Civil society activists and concerned citizens have responded to the emergency measures that were announced by the Finance Minister on 26th March, 2020 for the poor, the vulnerable and the migrant & informal workers. An open letter by NREGA Sangharsh Morcha -- an umbrella organisation of CSOs and social activists working for the unorganised sector and MGNREGA workers -- has been issued...

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Civil society group asks for social safety measures for migrant and informal workers from Jharkhand against the backdrop of coronavirus lockdown

-Press release by Jharkhand Janadhikar Mahasabha dated by 25th March, 2020 Jharkhand, like most of India, has woken up late to the COVID-19 pandemic and is yet to provide adequate social security to the people. Although no COVID-19 case has been officially reported in Jharkhand so far, this may be a myth since the state has only one testing centre where only a few dozen samples have been tested, according to...

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