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The Impacts of Reforms to the Public Distribution System in India’s Chhattisgarh on Food Security

Author(s) Prasad Krishnamurthy, Vikram Pathania, and Sharad Tandon, Economic Research Report No. ERR-164, United States Department of Agriculture, 34 pp | March 2014 The Indian State of Chhattisgarh implemented a number of well-publicized reforms to improve distribution of subsidized food grains, many of which have been incorporated into the recently passed National Food Security Act. ERS researchers show that food aid consumption in the State increased in response to these reforms, and that the increase in food aid helped improve food security in the State. The report can be downloaded here: http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/err-economic-research-report/err164.aspx#.UyQeF84eUSo

The Secret Suicide Pact: Farmer Suicides in Chhattisgarh

Tehelka Magazine, May 26, 2012  Vidarbha claims an occasional burst of attention, but unknown to most, Chhattisgarh has become India’s largest farmer graveyard, writes SHRIYA MOHAN Loss beyond words Hemram Yadav’s children refuse to reveal why their father killed himself in 2006 PHOTOS: VIJAY PANDEY CHHATTISGARH HAS for long been in the national eye for its Naxal threat. But few know of its other grave crisis that has been kept carefully under wraps – that its farmers have been silently killing themselves for nearly a decade now. Five states — Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh — account for just a third of the country’s population but twothirds of the […]

Chhattisgarh: Farmers threaten mass suicide against drop in foodgrain MSP

  Source: Bhaskar News   |   Last Updated 19:01(13/12/11) Raipur: The farmers in large numbers are gearing up to take part in a rally, on December 16, against the alleged policies of the Raman Singh’s government. The farmers in the region seek a hike in the minimum support price of the food grains that were lowered by the government recently. The protest rally will be organised at the Gandhi ground in the area. There will be more than 20,000 farmers who will participate in the protest rally against the government policies. The chief minister Raman Singh has also urged the Centre to either increase the minimum support price(MSP) for […]

Organic rice cultivation transforming lives of Damoh farmers

The HinduThe longer organic variety of rice versus HYV variety. Photo: Mahim Pratap Singh Till last year, Shiv Singh, a landless labourer from the Pinarayi village of Damoh district knew of only one survival strategy-migrating to Delhi to earn his living as a construction worker. This year, with the Rs. 8,000 he had saved from his Delhi earnings, Shiv took a 3-acre piece of land on lease and grew rice on it. The harvest in September fetched him Rs.55,000 besides enough rice for his family to last for a year. But, unlike most success stories, his is not an isolated case. Several villages of Damoh, which was last in news […]

Revamping PDS: a tale of two States

http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/other-states/article2350323.ece Tired of its own inefficiency in plugging leaks and ensuring timely delivery of ration, the Madhya Pradesh government has decided to take the privatisation route to improve its ailing Public Distribution System. The new system is being put in place by a corporate consortium led by HCL Infosystems with Edenred India Private Ltd ― a subsidiary of corporate meal voucher provider and multinational hospitality giant Accor ― and Virgo Softech Pvt. Ltd, an Indore-based IT firm as the other two members. HCL will put in place a system to computerise the PDS apparatus and register beneficiaries to be linked with UID, while Edenred will print and provide the food […]

New hope for NREGA from Chhattisgarh

NEW DELHI: The national rural employment guarantee has so far been more about promises and less about implementation but a remote pocket in Chhattisgarh might provide a ray of hope. A group of students from JNU and DU who have been tracking the scheme’s implementation say they see tangible improvement at grassroots. The findings of their latest survey carried out earlier this month in 19 worksites of Batauli block in Surguja district show noticeable improvement in distribution of job cards, levels of employment, payment of minimum wages and the quality of works. The last survey was in June 2006. Investigations show that labourers received 95% of their wage payments. “Even […]

1,500 farmers commit mass suicide in India

Technorati Tags: farmers suicides,chattisgarh Over 1,500 farmers in an Indian state committed suicide after being driven to debt by crop failure, it was reported today. The agricultural state of Chattisgarh was hit by falling water levels. “The water level has gone down below 250 feet here. It used to be at 40 feet a few years ago,” Shatrughan Sahu, a villager in one of the districts, told Down To Earth magazine “Most of the farmers here are indebted and only God can save the ones who do not have a bore well.” Mr Sahu lives in a district that recorded 206 farmer suicides last year. Police records for the district […]

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