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How Have the Centre’s Food Distribution Schemes Performed So Far? -Kabir Agarwal Food distribution under the PMGKY and Atmanirbhar Bharat package has been marked by delays. New Delhi: On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the extension of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY) till the end of November. Under the scheme, 800 million ration card holders who are beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act (NSFA) are entitled to five kg additional grain (wheat or rice) per month per person....

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In Jharkhand, social audit finds nearly half the people didn’t get full lockdown ration -Abhishek Angad

-The Indian Express These are some of the findings mentioned in a report prepared by Jharkhand’s Social Audit Unit, under the Rural Development Department, created to “promote transparency and accountability in implementation of the programs”. Ranchi: FORTY-EIGHT per cent people did not receive full two months’ ration, as promised by the Jharkhand government during the lockdown period. Out of 1,255 families inspected, which had pregnant/lactating women or children below five years of...

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In this time of crisis, the most urgent imperative is to protect underprivileged families from starvation -SY Quraishi

-The Indian Express There is an urgent requirement to put money in the hands of the impoverished to support them during the pandemic. This has been the refrain of the Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee. Further, the government must tighten the implementation of its critical schemes related to nutrition, Food Security and healthcare. The COVID-19 pandemic is flaring up into a mass humanitarian crisis. Its foremost victim will be innocent children who have...

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That foodgrain stocks lie in public godowns while people are going hungry is a scandal -Dipa Sinha

-The Indian Express What is disturbing is that in the middle of the current crisis some are now calling for a massive downsizing of the PDS and a shift to cash transfers in place of foodgrains. The Public Distribution System has played an important role in providing relief to people in the aftermath of the national lockdown. With COVID-19 cases increasing and the economy continuing to be in a downturn, some corrective...

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