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How a ration shop in Dantewada is restoring normalcy by providing grains -Gargi Verma

-The Indian Express Thanks to the efforts of district police and administration, villagers are recovering from Naxal violence. Raipur: Twenty-eight-year old Devi Podiam, a resident of Potali village in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh, is used to allocating two full days at the beginning of each month just to walk over 10 km to a ration shop in Tirkapara in order to get monthly supplies of rice and other necessities for her family....

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One state, one ration card: MP reforms its Aadhaar-enabled PDS, helps migrant workers -Milind Ghatwai

-The Indian Express Madhya Pradesh government has now found a solution. Under the Aadhaar-enabled PDS, the respective grain quota is given to the nominee after verification of his biometric details. It’s not uncommon for beneficiaries of the public distribution system (PDS) to miss out on their quota of monthly food grains for reasons ranging from disability to old age to failure of the biometric verification system. But the Madhya Pradesh government has now...

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Redesigning India's ailing data system -RB Barman

-The Hindu The present national accounting and analytical framework misses out on many key dimensions of a complex economy The new series of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures with 2011-12 as base, released in 2015, has not gone well with analysts; the withholding of employment-unemployment data for some time and consumer expenditure data, which is not released, added to this unease. Bringing the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) under the fold of...

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Migration: I am biased, for people -Sunita Narain

-Down to Earth We must not build a divisive agenda on migration, otherwise it will lead to endless spread of hatred It is not possible to be neutral in these times. I believe the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA), which fast tracks Indian citizenship to immigrants of certain religions, is deeply flawed. Not only it is against the secular nature of the country, but it also completely misses addressing the massive issue...

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How West Bengal govt has curbed food prices while providing better returns to farmers

-The Indian Express The Sufal Bangla scheme, which was started in 2014, has rescued consumers in times of high inflation. Kolkata: The fast-rising prices of food articles, especially those of vegetables such as onions and potatoes, have been ruining household budgets across the country. But an effective scheme run by the West Bengal government has meant that many consumers, especially those belonging to the lower-income group, in Kolkata and some nearby cities...

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