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More Delhiites will now be covered under the Delhi Government’s food security net.

India accounts for 19% of global maternal deaths, three-quarters of which come from nine states. In 2005, India launched a conditional cash transfer (CCT) programme, Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY), to reduce maternal mortality ratio (MMR) through promotion of institutional births. JSY is the largest CCT in the world. In the nine states with relatively lower socioeconomic levels, JSY provides a cash incentive to all women on birthing in health institution. The cash incentive is intended to reduce financial barriers to accessing institutional care for delivery.

Eager to make an impact on the electorate by expediting enrolments under its flagship cash-for-food programme Annshree Yojana, the Delhi government is exploring the option of tying up with the post

New Delhi: UPA entered the home stretch on Wednesday by making it clear that it was looking at passage of legislations crafted to provide food security, a huge jump in compensation for land acquire

Prime minister's office wants OMCs to bear credit subsidy for remaining 8 subsidised units on reimbursement basis

Even as the Centre is accelerating the Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT) scheme for subsidised LPG cylinders, oil marketing companies are unlikely to benefit much from it. This is because the Prime Minister's Office has proposed that the government credit subsidy for only one cylinder into a beneficiary's account. Subsidy on the remaining quota of eight liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders would be borne by oil marketing companies (OMCs), which the government would reimburse later.

The government is gearing up for the next big leap under the Direct Cash Transfer (DCT) scheme to bring a huge number of nearly 14 crore LPG consumers under its ambit.

The scheme, which is likely to be launched from July 1, is aimed at directly putting the subsidy component of the domestic cylinder into the bank account of the consumers to eliminate the leakages in the system and address the problem of diversion of domestic cylinders for commercial market.

New Delhi: Direct transfer of benefits in cash to targeted beneficiaries of food and fertilizer subsidies could save an estimated Rs 60,000 crore and help trim the fiscal deficit which, in turn, may calm stubbornly high food inflation, a study by a government wing has shown.

The study showed that policies to rein in food inflation would require winding down of the fiscal deficit, which has gone above 8% of GDP for Centre and states combined and way beyond the guidelines laid out in FRBM (Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management) Act, 2003.

Identification of the poor and the scale of operation are the most critical challenges of the proposed legislation on the right to food. This article suggests universal entitlement that excludes clearly identifi able rich. Food coupons could eliminate the need for the operations of public distribution system and eliminate diversion. Also cash transfers to the women of the household through Aadhaar cards could substantially reduce diversions and avoid the problem of distribution of food coupons.

Survey says economy to revive from difficult times this year

A year after India's economic growth is headed to a record ten-year low growth of 5% in 2012-13, economic advisers in the Finance Ministry expect the economy to recover to 6.1 - 6.7% in 2013-14. The Economic Survey, 2012-13, presented today gave a wide range of 0.6 percentage points for its projections for economic growth next fiscal as it recognised that forecasting at potential turning points is difficult.

Left parties submit the papers to Prime Minister

Leaders of four Left parties met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday to ask the government to take immediate measures to bring in food security legislation in this budget session that would provide for a universal public distribution system; ensure 35 kg of grains at not more than Rs. 2 a kg and end the cash transfer scheme for the public distribution system.

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