In January 2018 alone, biometric authentications for 31,199 ration cards through PoS had failed, denying rations to around 1,20,000 people.
Activists point out that women in the formal sector are given six months paid leave under the new Maternity Benefits Act, while those in the informal sector struggle to get just Rs 5,000.
The Direct Benefits Transfer pilot for subsidised foodgrains in Nagri block has, ironically, led to a quantum jump in cash transactions, inconveniencing beneficiaries and dealers as also putting enormous pressure on banks, even as 25% people still remain excluded.
Technical glitches in the delivery of rations and pension led to the death of a 67-year-old widow in Garhwa district.
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Raj Bala Verma, the state’s chief secretary, had said in April this year that all ration cards not linked to Aadhaar in the state should be considered null and void.
This comes after Maneka Gandhi recently said the government was considering moving from food transfers to cash transfers.
The government is finalising a pilot project in line with NITI Aayog’s recent suggestion that children and mothers be given cash transfers instead of cooked or uncooked food.
The Delhi high court-appointed commissioner says beneficiaries are denied rations for not possessing Aadhaar and suggested that the food department pay compensation.
Activists accuse government, UIDAI of not taking corrective steps and challenge CEO Ajay Pandey to put up details of those who have been punished for Aadhaar-based exclusion.
A combined effort by both the Centre and the states is necessary to implement Acts, especially welfare schemes like the Food Security Act, to ensure people have a better quality of life.
Native varieties of millet which can grow in drought-like conditions are making a comeback thanks to the indigenous Dognria Kondh community in Odisha and its growing traction among affluent consumers for their many health benefits.
Unable to fix its public distribution system, the state government humiliates the poor by marking their houses.
The court has also appointed advocate Zoheb Hossain to meet people who have been unable to avail ration benefits due to Aadhaar being made mandatory.
Conditionalities related to utilising health services do not make any sense in the absence of a service guarantee and only serve to blame the victims and not the system for its failures.
Chief secretaries of ten drought affected states have been asked to explain the steps taken for setting up of food commissions and implementation of the National Food Security Act.
Besides the exclusion of a large number of eligible beneficiaries, there is also no rationale for the pension amount paid or a mechanism for its revision.
Although the National Food Security Act has increased the effective food security coverage, a household survey has revealed exclusion errors and problems of linkages of ration cards with Aadhaar.
Many of the existing benefits and beneficiaries have failed to find protection under the Act, which is limited only to the distribution aspects, ignoring several vital elements such as agriculture, climate change and farmer’s rights.
The Rs 6,000 announced by the prime minister as universal maternity entitlements is already mandated under the National Food Security Act 2013, although the government has chosen not to implement it yet.
Universalising pensions and maternity benefits is a rare case of consensus between the government, economists favouring basic income and civil society groups.
Jayalalithaa’s schemes – such as her canteens and baby care kits – may appear to be populist at first glance, but are actually quite entrenched in a welfare tradition.
According to economist Jean Drèze, even those with Aadhaar cards are often denied rations because machines do not recognise their fingerprints or run into other technological glitches.
Besides their crops being destroyed by the rains, the houses of several villagers have also collapsed.
According to the Global Hunger Index 2014, India ranks 55 out of the world’s 120 hungriest countries even behind some of its smaller South Asian counterparts like Nepal (rank 44) and Sri Lanka (39).
After 19 children died of malnutrition in Odisha’s Jajpur district, the state machinery has finally kicked into action. But ground realities speak volumes on the standard of living of the Juang tribal people.
Though the National Food Security Act has increased coverage of the public distribution system, a survey in six eastern states finds that there are still gaps to be filled.
The governments need to realise their obligation towards the marginalised and cannot wait for the courts to remind them of their duties.
For the last three months or so, villages in the Bundelkhand region have not received the highly subsidised grain offered under the new scheme.
“We wish to convey our deep collective anxiety about the enormous suffering of the rural poor in large parts of India’s countryside as they are battling drought, often for the second or even third consecutive year,” the letter said.
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