The government is already working on a roadmap for the direct transfer of the kerosene subsidy to beneficiaries in the form of cash, with the intention of doing away with the current practice of supplying subsidised fuel under the public distribution system (PDS). The EGoM during its last meeting on August 8 had considered the recommendations of the Task Force on Direct Transfer of Subsidies on Kerosene, LPG and Fertilizer. It had also debated the LPG subsidy issue but had deferred a decision. A 14.2-kg LPG cylinder costs Rs. 395.35 in Delhi.

This report presents initial findings from Round 3 of the Young Lives survey of children and poverty carried out in Andhra Pradesh in late 2009, supplemented by information from more in-depth interviews with a sub-sample of the children in 2008 and 2010.

This report presents initial findings from Round 3 of the Young Lives survey of children and poverty carried out in Andhra Pradesh in late 2009, supplemented by information from more in-depth interviews with a sub-sample of the children in 2008 and 2010.

Management of hunger has to look into issues of availability, accessibility and adequacy. Posing it from an ethical perspective the paper argues out in favour of right to food.

As a major step in this direction, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has ordered supply of rice free of cost to eligible cardholders under PDS as per their entitlement from June1 despite a huge burden on the State exchequer.

Even as results of a pilot study on direct cash transfers in lieu of rations are still awaited, postal staff in Delhi are getting slum-dwellers to open accounts.

New Delhi There could be few takers among states for the food ministry’s proposal to allocate grain to below poverty lines (BPL) families at prices lower than the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) rates.

If you pay income tax or own a scooter, car or a house, you will soon be limited to four subsidised gas cylinders a year, if a proposal informally approved by an empowered Group of Ministers on Monday night is finally implemented.

The ready-to-eat food market players such as ITC and MTR could get access to a much larger market if the proposed draft Food Security Bill, as cleared by the EGoM, has its way.

An Empowered Group of Ministers has in-principle accepted the interim report of the Task Force on Direct Transfer of Subsidies on Kerosene, LPG, and Fertiliser.

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