In January 2018 alone, biometric authentications for 31,199 ration cards through PoS had failed, denying rations to around 1,20,000 people.
While the state government has blamed her death on illness, the family claims the 30-year-old was not suffering from any major ailment.
It is evident that prime minister Modi’s ambitious strides in search of a ‘New India’, coupled with his government’s disdain for welfare, are leaving the basic lifelines of the poor far behind.
Technical glitches in the delivery of rations and pension led to the death of a 67-year-old widow in Garhwa district.
Even with apparent deformities to their bodies, many leprosy-affected individuals are not recognised as ‘disabled’ by the state health department.
The state government believes that families with one or two members are unlikely to use 35 kg grain per month and will sell the extra in the black market.
Political and media responses to the death of an 11-year-old girl in Jharkhand highlighted how people are only moved to action by extreme examples, rather than a system that is perpetually broken.
Her husband was allegedly denied ration because she could not go along with him to provide her biometrics at the ration shop.
While the aim of all subsidy schemes is to increase the income of the beneficiary households so that they can meet their requirements, replacing them with the UBI will also mean losing some of the other benefits of these schemes.
Three brothers died in July and while the ration dealer says their family was not given rations because they did not have Aadhaar cards, the authorities have blamed alcoholism and not starvation for their deaths.
Can a share of the money saved from kerosene subsidies be provided to states to reinvest in cheaper, cleaner and more efficiently-run subsidies for clean energy?
Raghubar Das’s decisions came at a meeting to address public grievances.
The Swachh Bharat Mission’s unthinking obsession with ‘behavioural change’ is taking an unconscionable toll on the poorest.
While transaction costs have increased in the PDS and vulnerable people are being left out of the government pension system after Aadhaar linkage, the benefits aren’t clearly visible.
Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar has set up a five-judge Constitution bench to hear arguments on whether Aadhaar violates the right to privacy.
The government had said that the reason behind this exercise was to stop the alleged misuse of schemes by “relatively well-to-do” families.
Unable to fix its public distribution system, the state government humiliates the poor by marking their houses.
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.
With little hope for normalcy even 100 days after the note ban, there is an urgent need for providing relief and compensation to those who have been most affected.
In conversation with BJD MP Jay Panda.
The new system has been ineffective in countering issues with implementation and corruption, and its inflexibility has created hurdles in availing benefits.
Given the negative impact biometric point of sales machines have had in Jharkhand and Rajasthan, the group urged Bihar to continue its own PDS reforms.
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.
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 current policies and systems of implementation result in heavy losses and are a huge disservice to farmers and consumers. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh once remarked in an interview that “we are a democracy but we are also an indisciplined democracy.” I think he was referring to our […]
The questions and criticism of the Aadhaar initiative are often generated from an inadequate understanding of the programme, say two UIDAI team members.
Celebrated by Hollywood stars for its health benefits, rising demand for the ‘miracle grain of the Andes’ is pushing its nutritional equal – traditional millets – further into a corner in India.
New Delhi: Despite five Supreme Court orders since September 2013 stating that the Aadhaar card cannot be a mandatory requirement for access to government services or subsidies, the reality on the ground continues to remain very different. The point was underlined at a press conference in Delhi yesterday where, besides lawyers […]
Rather than assisting states in the implementation of the Food Security Act, recent orders of the Ministry of Food seem to indicate the Centre is setting up barriers by burdening them with bogus additional requirements.
The number of families that depend on food rations has doubled in the seven years between 2004-5 and 2011-12.