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NITI Aayog's Proposal to Cut Food Subsidies Will Worsen India's Rising Hunger Problem -Sujata Gothoskar

-TheWire.in A number of indicators have shown that India is still reeling under the adverse impact of lockdowns and job losses necessitated by the pandemic. Any cut in food subsidies will push millions into starvation. On February 28, 2021, it was widely reported that Niti Aayog put out a paper arguing for lowering coverage in Food Security law in order to cut the subsidy bill. The paper prescribes curtailment of food subsidy...

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To cut subsidy bill, Niti paper says lower coverage of Food Security law -Harikishan Sharma

-The Indian Express Based on the rural and urban coverage ratio, the erstwhile Planning Commission had determined the state-wise coverage ratio using the National Sample Survey Household Consumption Expenditure coverage under Food Security law Survey data for 2011-12. NITI AAYOG, the government think tank, has recommended reducing the rural and urban coverage under the National Food Security Act, 2013, to 60 per cent and 40 per cent, respectively, which it estimates, can...

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NITI Aayog recommends curtailing coverage under Food Security law to save on subsidies: Report

-Scroll.in The think tank has reportedly suggested cutting down coverage in rural areas from 75% of population to 60% and from 50% to 40% in urban areas. Government think tank NITI Aayog has recommended lowering the coverage of both rural and urban population under the National Food Security Act, 2013, to save up to Rs 47,229 crore annually, The Indian Express reported on Sunday. The recommendation, which is part of a discussion paper,...

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Hunger, again -CP Chandrasekhar & Jayati Ghosh

-The Hindu Business Line/ NetworkIdeas.org The world has been preoccupied with the Covid-19 pandemic, and this has also affected policymakers everywhere. There is much more recognition today of the terrible effects of underfunding public health over decades and how this affects the resilience of economies and societies. Yet this official preoccupation with addressing the spread of infectious disease appears to have had an unanticipated negative effect: less policy attention to concerns...

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Challenge for Food Corporation of India: Rising stocks, cost, & push to procure -Harish Damodaran

-The Indian Express At the projected economic cost of Rs 29.94/kg for wheat and Rs 42.94/kg for rice, the corresponding per-kg PDS consumer subsidy in the coming fiscal would work out to Rs 27.94 and Rs 39.94, respectively. The Food Corporation of India’s (FCI) “economic cost” of wheat sold through the public distribution system (PDS) is budgeted to go up to Rs 29.94 per kg and that of rice to Rs 42.94...

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