RTI reveals data discrepancy in ex-gratia payment to 20 crore+ women under PM Garib Kalyan Yojana

By Venkatesh Nayak* Readers will recall the 26th March, 2020 announcement of the Union Finance Ministry, providing details of the COVID-19 relief package- Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY). PMGKY contained several measures aimed at mitigating the impact of the first nation-wide lockdown on vulnerable and disadvantaged segments of society. Perhaps the single largest component of PMGKY was the … Continue reading RTI reveals data discrepancy in ex-gratia payment to 20 crore+ women under PM Garib Kalyan Yojana

Implications of COVID-19 for migration and displacement: Food security trends in major hotspots

A joint study by the World Food Programme and the International Organization for Migration, “Populations at risk: Implications of COVID-19 for hunger, migration and displacement”, explores the impacts of COVID-19 and related containment measures on migrant workers, remittancedependent households and the forcibly displaced. It assesses the implications of the pandemic for people’s mobility, food security … Continue reading Implications of COVID-19 for migration and displacement: Food security trends in major hotspots

Problems of intergenerational cycle of poverty among the homeless in India

By Achyutha Bandavath* The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) which is adopted by the UN General Assembly defines “‘Homeless’ as those who do not live in a regular residence due to lack of adequate housing, safety, and availability”. (Urban homeless India: Miseries untold and Promises unmet, 2017) The UN Economic and Social Council also … Continue reading Problems of intergenerational cycle of poverty among the homeless in India

Delhi High Court’s directions to ensure food security during Covid-19 crisis

A Delhi Rozi Roti Adhikar Abhiyaan (DRRAA) note on the Delhi High Court’s directions to ensure food security during Covid-19 crisis following the hearing of a (DRRAA) case held on June 11, 2020: The petition filed by the Delhi Rozi Roti Adhikar Abhiyaan (DRRAA) regarding ensuring food security during the Covid-19 lockdown was heard in … Continue reading Delhi High Court’s directions to ensure food security during Covid-19 crisis

Letter to PM seeking the deposit of saved DA amount directly in bank accounts of the poor

Letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking the deposit of saved DA amount directly in bank accounts of the poor by Prof Hemantkumar Shah of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties, and Mahesh Pandya of the Gujarat Social Watch: We heartily welcome the decision taken by the Government of India (GoI) of freezing the DA … Continue reading Letter to PM seeking the deposit of saved DA amount directly in bank accounts of the poor

80% UK citizens’ wages protected, they can book food deliveries, as people world over may starve

Coronavirus will cause starvation; only a truly universal basic income can prevent it, argues the World Basic Income blog, seeking global response:  Children in the town of Naivasha, Kenya might catch coronavirus, but like most kids their symptoms should be mild. A bigger problem for them right now is that their parents just lost their … Continue reading 80% UK citizens’ wages protected, they can book food deliveries, as people world over may starve