56 hunger deaths, 25 by Aad­haar

Governance Now - - BRIEFINGS -

Scholar-ac­tivists Reetika Khera and Si­raj Dutta have listed 56 hunger deaths in 2015-18, com­pil­ing them from Google searches of English and Hindi news me­dia. As many as 42 of the hunger deaths hap­pened in 201718. As many as 25 re­lated to Aad­haar: not get­ting grain from the PDS for fail­ing to link ra­tion cards to Aad­haar; not get­ting ra­tions for fail­ing Aad­haar-based bio­met­ric au­then­ti­ca­tion, man­dated in many states; and not get­ting pen­sion for those rea­sons. Most deaths were re­ported in Jhark­hand and Ut­tar Pradesh: 16 each. Khera and Dutta are dis­tressed that hunger deaths have not re­ceived enough at­ten­tion to pres­sure the gov­ern­ment to act. The supreme court has made note of these facts in its ver­dict, re­it­er­at­ing that no­body should be de­nied wel­fare ben­e­fits in the ab­sence of Aad­haar.

A famine photo from the 1970s

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