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India allocated 600 lakh tons of food grain for poor in 2014-15

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In a written reply to Rajya Sabha, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan said that the Government has been providing food grains at highly subsidized prices to the targeted population through State Governments/Union Territory Administrations under the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) and Other Welfare Schemes (OWS).

The minister said that the Government allocated 614.53 lakh tons of food grains under TPDS and OWS in the year 2014-2015. He also said that the National Food Security Act was notified in 2013 to deal with the problem of food security.

The act provides for coverage of up to 75% of the rural population and up to 50% of the urban population for receiving food grains at subsidized prices of Rs.3,2 per Kg for rice  & 1 per Kg for wheat and coarse grain. The Act also has a special focus on nutritional support to pregnant and lactating women and children up to 14 years. Under the act in case of shortage of food grains or meals, the beneficiaries receive food security allowance.

The Government runs a lot of food security schemes like Mid-Day Meal Scheme, Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme, Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls, Annapurna Scheme etc.

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Rajasthan Government stamps 1.5 Lakhs Houses with ‘I am Poor’ to take benefits from Centre

Rajasthan government's decision to stamp 1.5L houses with sign 'I am poor' in order to avail food subsidy has sparked a controversy

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  • The government in Rajasthan stamped 1.5L BPL households with stamps ‘I am poor’ in order to avail food subsidies
  • Rajasthan government has been under attack for failing to fix its public distribution system
  • This decision has sparked controversies as the people feel humiliated 

Rajasthan, June 23, 2017: In a shocking incident, 1.5L houses in Rajasthan’s Dausa district were stamped with a message ‘I am poor, receive ration’. The decision to do this was taken so as to receive food assistance from the government. The stamp also included the full names of the people.

Local reports are flooding in alleging the Rajasthan government of this humiliating act. While the Rajasthan government believes that this step was necessary so that food assistance to BPL households is swifter and to eliminate rich families and middlemen, critics and opposition say, it is publicly shaming the poor.

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‘I am poor and receive ration from Nation Food Security Act’ is the message that is to be put up. Furthermore, any household that refuses to comply with this act will not be entitled to the benefits, said the state government.

According to ANI, 70 percent families in Dausa district currently benefit from the welfare scheme. The houses marked are particularly in Sikrai and Bandikui tehsils. These BPL households mainly comprise of the backward classes, scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, and other minorities.

There is a possibility that this is a clear cut case of class profiling. Needless to say, the people are not happy. Families are disappointed in the government and believe that the program was unnecessary for a few kilograms of wheat.

– by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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With Kerala and Tamil Nadu on board, National Food Security Act gets Pan-India Coverage

Under the National Food Security Act the government provides five kg of food grain per person per month at a highly subsidised rate of Rs 1-3 per kg

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New Delhi, November 3, 2016: The Centre on Thursday said that the entire country has now come under the National Food Security Act sway as Kerala and Tamil Nadu too have come on board.

“The Centre will now focus on further reforms in the Public Distribution System, which will include end-to-end computerisation, for which states and union territories are being assisted,” Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan told reporters here.

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This will help bring in transparency in public distribution system (PDS) functioning, a vital feature of the NFSA, he said.

The implementation of the act, initially brought by the earlier Congress-led government, covers about 80 crore people across 36 states and union territories and entails an annual subsidy of over Rs 1.4 lakh crore.

“When we came to power in May 2014, the food law was implemented in only 11 states. The law has now been implemented in all states and union territories,” Paswan said.

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Kerala and Tamil Nadu, which had stayed away from the NFSA so far, will implement it from November 2016.

“The legal entitlement to receive highly subsidised food grain under the act now extends to about 80 crore persons against a total intended coverage of 81.34 crore persons under the act,” Paswan said.

He said the government has taken a number of steps to improve PDS functioning and plug leaks.

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The minister said 71 percent of the ration cards have been linked with Aadhaar card till date, resulting in cancellation of about 2.62 crore ration cards across all states.

Under the NFSA, passed by parliament in 2013, the government provides five kg of food grain per person per month at a highly subsidised rate of Rs 1-3 per kg.

On the subsidy outgo, Paswan said: “It will be Rs 11,726 crore per month or about Rs 1,40,700 crore annually.” (IANS)

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Haryana School Curriculum is likely to include Religious Texts to emphasise on Moral Education

Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said moral education would be introduced as a subject for students from class 6 to class 12

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  • The subject of moral education which includes religious texts from all religion
  • Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said moral education would be introduced as a subject for students from class 6 to class 12
  • The Haryana government had faced criticism last year when it announced to include texts from the ‘Bhagavad Gita’ in school curriculum

In the curriculum of Government schools of Haryana, text from the various religions will be included. The subject of moral education which includes religious texts from ‘Bhagavad Gita’ (Hindu religion), ‘Quran’ (Islam), the ‘Bible’ (Christianity) and ‘Guru Granth Sahib’ (Sikhism) will be introduced at a programme to be held in the Kurukshetra University auditorium on July 5.

Ram Vilas Paswan. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Ram Vilas Paswan. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said moral education would be introduced as a subject for students from class 6 to class 12.

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“All religions focus on character building. Texts such as Bhagavad Gita, Quran, the Bible and Guru Granth Sahib have been incorporated into the curriculum. Different textbooks would be prescribed for each class,” Mr Sharma said in a statement.

“The state government has prepared the curriculum in collaboration with social organisations and educationists.”

Mr Sharma held a meeting with senior officials of education and allied departments regarding preparations for the introduction of the subject on Saturday, July 1.

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The Haryana government had faced criticism last year when it announced to include texts from the ‘Bhagavad Gita’ in the school curriculum. The opposition Congress termed it an attempt to saffronize education.

Manohar Lal Khattar. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Manohar Lal Khattar. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

The event to launch the texts in school curriculum will be attended by Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki, Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Dev Vrat, Gita scholar Swami Gyananand, Acharya Balkrishna from Patanjali Vidyapeeth and ministers from the centre and state government.

With Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar, earlier RSS worker, Haryana has BJP government since October 2014. (IANS)

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