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Mapping exercise rectifies errors for NFSA families

-The Hindu As many as 25 lakh mistakes rectified during the first phase An exercise launched in Rajasthan for mapping and seeding of beneficiaries of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) has led to rectification of errors relating to over 7 lakh families in 95 blocks. After the completion of first phase, the upcoming phases of the exercise will be run in a “mission mode”. State Food and Planning Secretary Naveen Jain said...

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Jobs Lost, Dip in Income: Survey of Delhi Workers During Second Wave Paints Grim Picture

-Newsclick.in Conducted by the Delhi unit of the CPI(M) in the first two weeks of June this year, the survey reinforced the demand for schemes involving cash transfer and guaranteed employment in the national capital. A survey of the working masses in Delhi, conducted in the aftermath of the second COVID-19 wave earlier this year, has painted a stark picture of its impact on resident’s livelihoods, thereby reinforcing the demand for schemes...

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The Problem With SC’s Recent Orders in the Migrant Workers Case -Akhileshwari Reddy

-TheWire.in The tragedy of the migrant workers in India will be witnessed repeatedly unless the Supreme Court becomes an ‘activist’ court once again.  The most recent order of the Supreme Court of India in the case of Bhandua Mukti Morcha v. Union of India has been cause for much adulation and has restored the faith of some in India’s judiciary.  While the apex court has made all the right noises in terms of...

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A long road for migrant workers -Aagam Jain

-The Hindu The guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court are welcome, but they require robust systems. The Supreme Court on June 29 pronounced its judgment in the migrant labourers case. The case was initiated last year after the national lockdown was announced on March 24. Thousands of landless labourers had started walking towards their home States due to the loss of employment and income. The Supreme Court took cognisance of the...

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Several studies but one conclusion -- poorly planned COVID-19 induced national lockdown hurt the poor the most

The recent Supreme Court of India’s judgments (please click here and here) related to ensuring food security of the migrant and unorganised sector workers through the provision of dry ration, running of community kitchens and proper implementation of the 'One Nation One Ration Card' scheme should come as no surprise to us. A recent review of some of the robust studies, which relied on multi-state surveys (or reference surveys), having...

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