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BHUBANESWAR -- Odisha government today decided to accord BPL (below poverty line) status to transgenders in the state. "The state government has decided to accord BPL status to the transgender persons...
It is more than a tad surprising that of the only two cities that the Food Ministry chose to conduct "pilots" to replace the public distribution system's (PDS) subsidized foodgrains with cash - this affluent former French colony is one. Bafflingly, the über planned Chandigarh designed by Le Corbusier is the other. But does it make any sense to test the replicability of cash transfers, across the expanse of India, only in the best-case scenario?
The BJP has clarified that it will be rejecting the Shanta Kumar panel's proposal to cut food security coverage, but the waters are still muddy. There have been no clarifications on the status of other big-ticket suggestions of the report such as almost fourfold increase in the price of foodgrains.