Food

Strengthen Essential Commodities Act

By deregulation, we are copying the US’ failed post World War-II farm policy which led to the creation of agri-commodity giants As agri-business celebrates the removal of pulses, oilseeds, cereals and so on from the purview of the Essential Commodities Act

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Necessity spawns invention

The resourcefulness and resilience of our workmen should not be underestimated. This is especially true for services and goods for which there is a non-discretionary demand The handwritten sign on the shuttered paan shop in my neighbourhood had just a

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Much ado about whisky

The Government’s ‘vocal for local’ call is fine to make India self-reliant but why take it out on alcohol? There has been a lot of debate surrounding that golden elixir that we call whisky.  Some of it relates to the way

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Roti vs paratha

Karnataka ruling on different GST slabs for common Indian flatbreads sparks a row over honouring regional choices If the pandemic has not yet taught you the art of kneading dough, the tax authorities surely seem to be hell-bent on making

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Green the soil

The Centre’s decision to ban 27 commonly-used pesticides in all three main categories, namely insecticides, fungicides and weedicides, is a move in the right direction The decision of the Centre to ban 27 commonly-used pesticides in all three main categories, viz. insecticides,

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Aerial invasion

Locusts can destroy standing crops and devastate livelihoods of people in the agricultural supply chain within days It never rains but it pours. Even as India is desperately battling the combined impact of the Coronavirus, the Amphan cyclone and an economic

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An unreliable shield

Since the subsidy given to rice farmers has exceeded 10 per cent, India has violated its WTO commitment and invoked the ‘peace clause.’ But how much immunity will this give to it? In a notification submitted to the World Trade Organisation (WTO)

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Serve up a fresh NFSA

The 80 crore people the Govt currently targets for giving subsidised foodgrain under the Food Security Act includes millions of higher-income beneficiaries who don’t deserve it The Finance Minister, Ms Nirmala Sitharaman, announced a Rs 1,70,000 crore package under the PM-Gareeb

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The food challenge

While we have enough stocks, the supply chain breakdowns and curfew protocols to choke the virus point to a crisis The country may have sufficient foodgrain stocks in Central and State warehouses as reserves to tide out an emergency but

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