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COVID-19: Delhi PDS Shops Shut, Owners Say Lack of Supplies Owners State Lack of Supplies -Sumedha Pal

-Newsclick.in 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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Jean Drèze, Belgian-born Indian economist and right-to-food activist, interviewed by Preetha Nair (Outlook India)

-Outlook India Indian Economist Jean Drèze, in an interview with Outlook, says that because of the Coronavirus lockdown, there won’t be any employment under MNREGA now and Bihar will be the worst-hit. Belgian-born Indian economist, Jean Dreze, says that the central government needs to take immediate measures to address the situation that has emerged in the wake of mass exodus of migrant workers due to the Coronavirus lockdown. In an interview with...

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Devendra Kumar Tiwari, Chief secretary, Jharkhand, interviewed by Abhishek Angad (The Indian Express)

-The Indian Express We have ordered supplies. We have made arrangements and at maximum we can deal with 2,000 COVID-19 patients at a time, says Devendra Kumar Tiwari. Ranchi: Devendra Kumar Tiwari, the top bureaucrat in Jharkhand, which has till date not reported any confirmed case of coronavirus, tells ABHISHEK ANGAD that the state administration is ready to address the situation if there’s an outbreak. Excerpts: * Jharkhand has a substantial population in...

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What we should do about COVID-19 -P Sainath

-RuralIndiaOnline.org The government’s ‘package’ responding to the crisis is a blend of callousness and cluelessness With his first speech on the coronavirus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi got us to scare evil spirits away by having people bang the hell out of their pots and pans. With his second, he scared the hell out of all of us. With not a word on how the public, particularly the poor, are to access food and other...

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Nirmala Sitharaman announces Rs. 1.70 lakh crore package for poor

-The Hindu Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday announced a Rs. 1.70 lakh crore package which is likely to benefit 80 crore people. In her second media conference in a week, Ms. Sitharaman announced a slew of welfare decisions as the nation is under lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic. Here are the highlights from her speech: * The Finance Minister announced ₹1.70 lakh crore package Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Yojana, targetting 80 crore people. *...

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