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11 measures, but most in the works for a few years, part of Modi govt Budgets
Sat, May 16, 2020

Out of the 11 announcements, three concern governance and administrative reforms, including amendment of the Essential Commodities Act (ECA), 1955, and agriculture marketing reforms through a Central law.

No cash in hand for migrants, govt falls back on existing schemes: MNREGS, PDS
Fri, May 15, 2020

As per the announcement, migrants who don’t have ration cards will get 5 kg of wheat or rice per person and 1 kg of pulses per family for May and June each, with the cost working out to around Rs 3,500 crore.

Explained: What is the ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ system?
Sat, May 16, 2020

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the 'One Nation One Ration Card' system will enable migrant workers and their family members to access PDS benefits from any Fair Price Shop in the country.

Paswan on ration distribution: Don’t leave everything to Central Govt
Sat, May 09, 2020

“We are putting our maximum efforts. I want to reiterate that there is no dearth of foodgrain. If someone says there is a shortage, then I would say that state governments are responsible for the situation," said Ram Vilas Paswan.

Release funds to states on ‘need basis’: Finance to other ministries
Thu, May 07, 2020

The move comes a month after the Finance Ministry asked ministries to limit spending during the first quarter of the current fiscal.

Explained: Why liquor sales matter to states
Thu, May 14, 2020

Queues after easing of restrictions, and a price hike in Delhi, are pointers to the importance of liquor as a source of revenue. How does liquor contribute to states' coffers, and which state earns how much?

PM Modi chairs meet to discuss agriculture sector reforms
Sun, May 03, 2020

The high-level meeting, also attended by Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, deliberated on the “pros and cons” of bio-technological developments in agriculture.

NITI Aayog building sealed after official tests positive for coronavirus
Tue, Apr 28, 2020

In a communication to staff, the NITI Aayog deputy secretary (administration) Ajit Kumar said, “One officer in NITI building has tested Covid positive. The matter was reported around 9 this morning. It was discussed with competent authority. The necessary protocol have been checked by Adviser(Admn).”

PM repeats self-reliance message, now to villages: don’t look outside country
Sat, Apr 25, 2020

On Friday, interacting with gram pradhans from across the country to mark National Panchayati Raj Day, Modi again underlined the need for the country to self-reliant.

Only 10% free pulses under govt scheme distributed to poor so far
Fri, Apr 24, 2020

According to sources, the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED), which comes under administrative control of the Agriculture Ministry, has been tasked with ensuring supply of pulses from the buffer stocks it maintains.

Ram Vilas Paswan: ‘Enough foodgrain in godowns, no shortage’
Thu, Apr 23, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): "There are some problems as far as supply of pulses are concerned. We have a buffer stock of pulses but these are un-milled," Paswan said.

Rural areas open, but no clarity on NREGA for high-risk group: 65 years and older
Mon, Apr 20, 2020

The issue was flagged in a meeting of the Ministry of Rural Development with state officers handling MGNREGA for the post-April 20 situation.

Amid lockdown, states fail to identify about 40 lakh NFSA beneficiaries; Bihar leads list   
Sun, Apr 19, 2020

Coronavirus (Covid-19): The gap in beneficiary identification means that a large number of persons will remain out of the ambit of NFSA benefits. They will not be able to avail the benefits of buying subsidised foodgrains under NFSA.

India coronavirus lockdown rules: Agriculture, MNREGA, e-commerce get exemption
Thu, Apr 16, 2020

India coronavirus lockdown: The government today announced opening of industries operating in rural areas including food processing industries; brick kilns; and works under MGNREGA in areas outside of “containment zones”

Govt wants to use PMJAY for free coronavirus testing in private labs, but 2 cr families missing from database
Wed, Apr 15, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): The only states that are not implementing the PMJAY are West Bengal, Odisha and Telangana, while Delhi has announced it will do so.

Resumption of less labour-intensive industry gets Govt look
Sat, Apr 11, 2020

As of now, preference will be given to low labour-intensive factories. Highly labour-intensive factories will be considered later, said sources.

Coronavirus lockdown: FCI asked to give subsidised rice, wheat
Fri, Apr 10, 2020

While the Centre has reduced Open Market Sale Scheme rates for voluntary organisations and state governments that want to buy foodgrain from FCI to distribute among ration cardholders, the rates will remain unchanged for other buyers.

Across party lines, one demand: Need more aid from Centre, more tests
Thu, Apr 09, 2020

In their video conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, some also raised the Tablighi Jamaat issue, and asked the government to ensure that there is no communalisation.

Centre: Help firms get workers to supply essentials
Mon, Apr 06, 2020

In a letter to Chief Secretaries of all States/UTs, Consumer Affairs Secretary Pawan Kumar Agarwal stated that several companies have reported difficulties in getting labour.

Govt estimates: In next 2 months, need 27 million N95 masks, 50000 ventilators
Mon, Apr 06, 2020

According to sources, this was conveyed to industry representatives during a meeting on April 3 of the empowered group of officials on “coordinating with private sector, NGOs and international organisations”, which is headed by the NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant.

Empowered group of officers’ meet: 20-30,000 ventilators lying dysfunctional, officers told
Sat, Apr 04, 2020

A dozen senior representatives of industry chamber Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) were among those who attended the meeting.

As growth slows, demand for work under MNREGA shoots to 9-year high
Fri, Apr 03, 2020

According to figures uploaded on the MGNREGA official portal, 5.47 crore households sought MGNREGA works, the highest since 2010-11, when the number was 5.5 crore. It was 5.27 crore in 2018-19.

Allow limited resumption or we lose markets to China: Exporters to Govt
Thu, Apr 02, 2020

During an interaction on Monday with Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal, exporters said if India does not begin shipments at this juncture, its export market will be taken over by Chinese products.

Coronavirus: Over 20 crore women to get first instalment of relief this week
Thu, Apr 02, 2020

The Centre has entrusted the Ministry of Rural Development with the implementation of this component of the relief package.

Industry raises key issues in supply of PPEs, ventilators
Wed, Apr 01, 2020

During the meeting, chaired by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant on Monday, the industry is learnt to have raised the issue of demand assessment of ventilators in India.