One Nation One Ration Card

Focus: GS III-Food Security Why in News? Over 77 crore portable transactions recorded in One Nation One Ration Card Scheme (ONORC). About  One Nation One Ration Card Nodal: Ministry of Finance One Nation One Ration Card System is an important citizen centric reform.  Its implementation ensures availability of ration to beneficiaries under National Food Security Act […]

Wheat Waiver” Risky WTO Demand

Context The WTO ministerial meeting in June in Geneva did little to address the issue of public food stockpiling Relevance Mains Paper 3: PDS, Buffer Stock & Food Security Mains Question Why should developing countries keep pushing for a permanent solution to the World Trade Organization’s decision on whether to allow public stockholding of food […]

One Nation One Ration Card

Focus: GS III-Food Security Why in News? Assam has become the 36th State/UT to implement One Nation One Ration Card (ONORC). With this, the ONORC plan is successfully implemented in all the 36 states/UTs, making food security portable throughout the country. About  One Nation One Ration Card Nodal: Ministry of Finance One Nation One Ration Card System […]

Tackling The Crisis of Rising Global Food Prices

Context This increase in global food prices which manifested itself in the three food price crises since the 1960s offers some pertinent lessons for global food systems and the international community. Relevance GS-III: Issues of Buffer Stocks and Food Security Dimensions of the Article Managing year-to-year volatility Vs. periodic spikes in food prices History of […]

Service Charge Levied by Restaurants on Customers

Context: The Centre has called a meeting of restaurant owners over service charge levied by them on customers. The restaurants are collecting service charges from consumers by default, even though collection of any such charge is voluntary and at the discretion of consumers and not mandatory as per law. Relevance: GS III- Food Processing & […]

Government Lacking a Coherent Policy of Food Security

Context The Government of India announced a sudden ban on export of wheat on May 13, 2022, a few days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had stated that “at a time when the world is facing a shortage of wheat, the farmers of India have stepped forward to feed the world”. Relevance GS-III: Issues of […]

India’s U-turn on Wheat Exports

Context The Union commerce ministry was preparing to send delegations abroad to boost the country’s wheat exports, when the government abruptly banned its exports on 14 May. Relevance GS-III: Public Distribution System – Objectives, Functioning, Limitations, Revamping; Issues of Buffer Stocks and Food Security Dimensions of the Article Why did India ban the export of […]

How To Tackle Food Inflation – and How Not To

Context Recently, the RBI raised the repo rate by 40 basis points (bps) and the cash reserve ratio (CRR) by 50 bps with a view to tame inflation. Relevance GS-III: Issues related to Direct and Indirect Farm Subsidies and Minimum Support Prices; Public Distribution System – Objectives, Functioning, Limitations, Revamping; Issues of Buffer Stocks and […]

Why Reforming the System of Free Food is Necessary

Context The release of two new working papers, one from the World Bank and the other from the IMF, has led to a renewed debate on poverty in India. Relevance GS-III: Issues related to Direct and Indirect Farm Subsidies and Minimum Support Prices; Public Distribution System – Objectives, Functioning, Limitations, Revamping; Issues of Buffer Stocks […]

One Nation One Ration Card

Focus: GS III-Food Security Why in News? The Department of Food and Public Distribution (DFPD) received the prestigious Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration, 2020 for its scheme ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ (ONORC).  About One Nation One Ration Card Nodal: Ministry of Finance One Nation One Ration Card System is an important citizen centric […]