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.

To improve offtake of foodgrain allocated to states under the targeted public distribution system (PDS) and other schemes, the food ministry has mooted a proposal to sell wheat and rice to below poverty line (BPL) families at Rs 2 and Rs 3 per kilogram, respectively.

Terming the draft Food Security Bill as a ‘farce', the National Advisory Council (NAC) member, Ms Aruna Roy, economist Prof Jean Dreze (ex-NAC), civil liberties activist, Dr Binayak Sen, and others