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Crop of ironies -Madhurika Sankar

-The Hindu Food Security and farmer welfare are intertwined It is ironic that it took a devastating pandemic to force the government’s hand for long-overdue agrarian reforms. Amendments have been made to the Essential Commodities Act, 1955. The Finance Minister has urged States to dismantle the Agricultural Produce Market Committees. Several long-term changes have been made to the agricultural sector, such as fair pricing and e-trading, along with liquidity measures. The Centre...

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Centre for Equity Studies report reveals ‘major caste biases in supporting migrant workers’ during COVID-19 lockdown

-TwoCircles.net Centre for Equity Studies has released a report on the migrant crisis documenting how India’s most vulnerable class has suffered due to the unplanned national lockdown by the Central government for COVID-19. The report titled ‘Labouring Lives: Hunger, Precarity and Despair amid Lockdown’ addressed vital questions of how the country’s labouring class – stranded and jobless – coped with the lockdown living away from their homes. The research has been conducted...

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‘Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyan’ not sufficient for J'khand, says JPCC

-The Pioneer Ranchi: Jharkhand Pradesh Congress Committee (JPCC) said on Saturday that due to nationwide complete lockdown, the economy of the entire Country has collapsed, in such a situation, the Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyan is not enough to start in only 116 districts of the Country and only three districts of backward State like Jharkhand. In a joint statement issued by JPCC Spokesperson Alok Kumar Dubey, Lal Kishorenath Shahdeo, Rajesh Gupta said...

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India slams Pakistan for refusal to join meeting to discuss locust menace

-PTI/ Livemint.com * India has already delivered 20,000 litres of pesticide to Iran for desert locust operations * India had proposed to Pakistan and Iran for a coordinated approach in dealing with the alarming threat of fast-increasing desert locusts in the region NEW DELHI: Pakistan refused to join a technical-level meeting with India to discuss the issue of locust menace, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday, slamming Islamabad for showing "reticent...

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COVID-19: Bracing for agrarian crisis and food insecurity -Manjari Balu

-Down to Earth Distress among marginal farmers and unavailability of food to migrant labourers has been largely ignored in Union government’s economic stimulus   Agriculture and allied activities are considered ‘essential’ and officially face no restriction to harvest and supply to the market, even in the middle of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. But an agrarian crisis stemming from systemic failures needs to be considered for immediate policy response. The current distress...

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