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Blame on apathy for hunger deaths -Pheroze L Vincent

-The Telegraph New Delhi: Poor implementation of welfare schemes by the Delhi government allowed for conditions in which three sisters - Mansi, 8, Shikha, 4, and Parul, 2 - died of starvation in the national capital last month, a fact-finding report by a group of six activists has found. The team that included Harsh Mander, a former bureaucrat and special commissioner to the Supreme Court for Right to Food cases, found that...

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Civil society groups ask for proper implementation of NFSA in Delhi to end starvation deaths in the future

-Press statement by Delhi Rozi Roti Adhikar Abhiyan (DRRAA) dated 27th July, 2018   The Delhi Rozi Roti Adhikar Abhiyan (DRRAA) is shocked and saddened by the news of the deaths of 3 minor girls in Mandawali, East Delhi due to starvation. As per media reports, the post mortem has confirmed that the children aged 2, 4 and 8 died of starvation. While further details about the circumstances are awaited and the...

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Activists Unhappy With SC Judgment on Centre 'Curbing' MGNREGA Budget

-TheWire.in According to activists, the "much awaited Supreme Court judgement in the Swaraj Abhiyan PIL has let down millions of NREGA workers". New Delhi: Activists have expressed disappointment over a recent Supreme Court judgment on the timely payment of wages under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). The judgment, delivered on May 18, was delivered in response to a petition filed by NGO Swaraj Abhiyan. According to activists who are...

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Civil society activists are disappointed with the recent Supreme Court judgement on MGNREGA in Swaraj Abhiyan PIL

-Press release by NREGA Sangharsh Morcha, dated 19 May, 2018 Yesterday’s much awaited Supreme Court judgement in the Swaraj Abhiyan PIL has let down millions of National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) workers - the most marginalised citizens of India who need employment and social security.  The Court has ignored the wealth of evidence against the brazen violations of the legal entitlements of NREGA workers and has allowed the Central Government...

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People as auditors -Nikhil Dey and Aruna Roy

-The Hindu Social Audits ensure a citizen-centric mode of accountability The breakdown of institutions has underlined the fact that democracy — and especially public funds — need eternal public vigilance. But in India, the elites close ranks to neutralise voices of dissent and alarm, thus preventing public vigilance. Democratic governance needs the citizen to be legally empowered to ask questions, file complaints, and be a part of the corrective process. Social Audits, as...

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