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Civil society group calls for strengthening of social security and public health delivery systems in Jharkhand in the wake of coronavirus disease outbreak

-Press note by Right to Food Campaign (Jharkhand) dated 21st March, 2020 As the coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads, a double crisis looms over Jharkhand: a health crisis and an economic crisis. Already, unemployed migrant workers are returning en masse from different states, including some (e.g. Maharashtra) with many coronavirus cases. Food vendors are losing business, and more occupations are likely to be hit as economic activity slows down. As more and more...

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In an open letter to the PM, civil society activists have asked for ensuring food security and other rights-based entitlements of the poor and informal workers in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak

-Open Letter from the Right to Food Campaign to the Prime Minister of India dated 19th March, 2020 The Right to Food Campaign on 19 March, 2020 has issued an open letter to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. In its letter to the PM, civil society activists have asked the government for ensuring food security and other rights-based entitlements for the poor, vulnerable and the informal sector workers in the wake...

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Ration card arrives too late for villager in Jharkhand -Achintya Ganguly

-The Telegraph Unemployed man's card reaches him, but after his demise Ranchi: Bhukhal Ghasi, an unemployed villager of Bokaro district had no ration card when he died, allegedly of starvation. Now the ration card that has been issued after his death entitles him to ration, posthumously. That was what a fact-finding team of the Jharkhand wing of the Right to Food Campaign found in Bhukhal’s village, Karma Shankardih under Singhpur panchayat of Kasmar...

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Right to Food: The politics of vegetarianism in India -Abhirup Dam

-The Telegraph With malnutrition levels as bad as sub-Saharan African countries, a vegetarian diet is just an imposition for Indians Indian cuisine is not a homogenous entity, and food habits differ along regional, religious, caste, and class lines. Yet there is an assumption in dominant discourses that India is a vegetarian nation. According to Dr Veena Shatrugna, former Director, National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderbad, contrary to any such assumption, about 80 per...

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After four deaths in relief camps, Tripura's Bru migrants ask 'Where is the Right to Food?' -Debraj Deb

-The Indian Express Earlier on October 31, when the first casualty reports arrived, SDM Baidya said a local Primary Health Centre (PHC) pronounced the deaths were caused by ‘unknown diseases’. Kanchanpur: Thirty-four days back, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) stopped food and ration supplies for six Bru relief camps in Tripura’s North district as the ninth phase of repatriation of 32,000 migrants living here since last two decades commenced. But a...

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