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RIGHT TO FOOD AND WORK



RATION SHOPS/BPL CARDS
•    BPL card holders must get 35 kgs of grain per month at subsidized price/rates.
•    Ration shop must remain open throughout the month.
•    Ration shops which cheat the people: to have their licenses cancelled.
•    Rations can be taken in installments.
•    BPL cards must be issued to all those on the BPL list, immediately.
•    The new BPL survey cannot be used to reduce the BPL list.
•    Those wrongly excluded from the BPL list must complain to the authorities immediately.
•    BPL cards cannot be kept in the shops.

ANTYODAYA ANNA YOJANA (AAY)
•    All AAY cardholders must get 35 kgs of grain each month at Rs. 2/- per kg for wheat and Rs. 3/- per kg for rice.
•    The aged , sick, destitute, pregnant and lactating mothers, disabled, widows, single woman without support, primitive tribes – all to get AAY cards

NATIONAL OLD AGE PENSION SCHEME (NOAPS)
•    All destitute persons, 65 years or older, must receive Rs. 200/- per month in addition to entitlement under State Pension Scheme.
•    Pensions to be paid by the 7th of each month.
•    Pension scheme not to be discontinued.

SUPREME COURT ORDERS
•    Why are people starving when there are mountains of food grains in this country?
•    Why are people not able to get work even though the central government has numerous employment generation schemes?
•    Why are our women, children, dalit, tribal and elderly, weak and malnourished when the food grains in the government’s godowns are lying rotten, being stolen or dumped into the sea?
•    Why are old people, children, young girls, pregnant and lactating mother women not availing of their rights?
•    Why are people not getting their minimum wages they are entitled to?
•    Why do 1/3rd of the people of the country have to go to bed hungry every night in spite of the fact that the government has a responsibility to ensure that everyone has enough to eat?
 
ANNAPURNA
•    All destitute persons, 65 years or older, eligible for state or central social security pension scheme but not covered must be given 10 kgs of free food grains per month.
•    Annapurna scheme not to be discontinued.

MID DAY MEAL SCHEME (MDMS)
•    All children in government school and government assisted primary schools must be provided free, cooked qualitative mid-day meal for at least 200 days in a year.
•    SCs/STs to be given preference as cooks/helpers.
•    Central government to give funds for conversion cost of food grains into cooked mid-day meal and for kitchen shed for cooking.

INTEGRATED CHILD DEVELOPMENT SCHEME (ICDS)
•    For 300 days in a year:
    (a)  Each child up to 6 years to get 500 calorie and 12-15 gms, of protein every day.
    (b) Each severely malnourished child to get 800 calorie and 20-25 gms of protein per day
    (c) Each pregnant and lactating women to get 600 calorie and 18-20 gms of protein per day
•     All settlements/hamlets to have Anganwadi centres in the vicinity
•    Communities (rural and urban) must have an “anganwadi on demand” if there are more than 40 children under the age of six.
•    Supplementary nutrition, immunization, health check ups, referral services, nutrient and health education must be given to all children up to six years of age, pregnant women and nursing mothers, adolescent girls, and malnourished children.

NATIONAL MATERNITY BENEFIT SCHEME
(NMBS)/JANANI SURAKSHA YOJANA (JSY)
•    All BPL pregnant women should be paid Rs. 500/- under NMBS 8-12 weeks prior to delivery for each of the first two births.
•    The benefit of place of delivery, and also irrespective of age and number of children.

NATIONAL FAMILY BENEFIT SCHEME (NFBS)
•    Every BPL family must get Rs. 10,000/- on the death of the primary bread-winner within four weeks from the Chairman of the Village Council/Panchayat.

FOOD FOR WORK
•    Every person needing work in famine/drought- effected areas must be given work.
•    Famine codes to be implemented in the case of famines.
•    Detailed planning on food for work to be implemented as soon as possible.

SAMPOORNA GRAMIN ROZGAR YOJANA (SGRY)
•    Food for work at minimum wage, paid in grain and cash.
•    Labourers, small farmers, SC/ST and women to get priority.
•    Payment must be made on weekly basis.
•    Contractors and machinery not allowed.
•    Allocation of grains/cash doubled for May, June and July

GRAM SABHA/VILLAGE COUNCIL
•    To monitor and conduct social audit for welfare schemes.
•    To report misuse of funds
•    Right to see the government records.
•    Gram Sabha to sanction for community development work.

RIGHT TO INFORMATION
•    Copy of Supreme Courts orders to be translated and displayed in all Village Panchayats and Ration Shops.
•    Village Panchayats must display list of beneficiaries under various schemes.
•    AIR/Doordarshan to give much publicity to schemes and Supreme Court orders.
•    All public documents, including muster rolls, available for inspection and photo copies given at cost price.

IMPLIMENTATION AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THESE SCHEMES
•    Village and Panchayat level: Village Chairman/Gram Secretary.
•    Block and Taluka level: Block Development Officer (BDO).
•    District Level: Deputy Commissioner.
•    State Level: Chief Secretary.

ARE YOU DENIED ANY OF THESE RIGHTS
•    Complaints must be recorded in a register and a receipt given.
•    Write a letter of complaint to the Deputy Commissioner   and send a copy of the same to the addresses given.

HUMAN RIGHTS LAW NETWORK
576, Masjid Road, Jangpura, New Delhi – 110014
Phone – 001-24378854,24374501
Fax – 011 24374502
Email; righttofoodsccase@hrln.org

Human Rights Law Network, Nagaland Unit
217, Kenuozou Colony
Don Bosco School Road
Kohima, Nagaland,Pin-797001
Email :hrln.ngl@gmail.com

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