As Washington debates, some U.S. states proceed with food stamps cuts
With the new financial burden in place, it is not possible for us to bear it further,” said a state finance department official. “The proposed bill will cripple finances and increase deficits for the cash-strapped state, already reeling under the financial crunch, said the official. Meanwhile, state’s food and supplies secretary Anil Verma will talk to the is likely to meet food secretaries of other states on Monday to set the agenda for the ministers’ conference. The states were given have been provided a year for the implementation of the act ensuring heavily-subsidized food grains for about 82 crore people in the country. Some states like Haryana, Himachal Pradesh , Rajasthan, Uttranchal, Mizoram and Delhi have already started implementing the act. The act will cover about 75% and 50% per cent of rural and urban population respectively under the targeted public distribution scheme as a single category, with uniform entitlement of 5 kg per person per month. They will get rice, wheat and coarse grains at the rates of Rs 3, 2 and1 per kg respectively. The Bengal government is already providing rice at Rs 2 per kg in the Maoist-affected Jangalmahal area. “Even if you take out Rs 500 crore, which we have to provide for the subsidized rice in Jangalmahal, it comes to around Rs 1,700 crore. Under the present financial condition, the state is not in a position to bear the burden,” said Jyotipriyo Mullick, food and supplies minister of the state. According to the proposal, while the Centre will bear 78% subsidy for implementing food security bill , state government will have to bear 22%. “We are not opposing food at a subsidized rate, but state finances are not in a position to bear the additional burden,” Mullick added.
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states proceed with food stamps cuts By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Kansas | Sat Sep 28, 2013 4:42pm EDT KANSAS CITY, Kansas (Reuters) – As Congress and the White House debate proposed cuts in the federal food stamps program, Kansas and Oklahoma are going ahead with reductions that could leave thousands of people without subsidies for food if they do not find work, or sign up for job training. The two states will require healthy adults through the age of 49 with no dependents to work at least 20 hours per week, or be in job training, in order to be eligible for food stamps. The change takes effect on Tuesday, when those states allow a federal waiver of the work requirement to expire. Wisconsin will take a similar step next July, bringing to eight the number of states requiring work to get the assistance. “These are people who should be working,” said Theresa Freed, spokeswoman for the Kansas Department for Children and Families. “There are plenty of jobs available.” A near-record 48 million Americans – or about one in seven – receive food stamps, government data shows. The Food Stamp Program administered by the U.S. Agriculture Department provides paper coupons or debit cards for low-income people to buy food. But states can ask for the work requirement to be added, which Oklahoma and Kansas have done. Phyllis Gilmore, Secretary of the Kansas Department for Children and Families, announced the work requirement in early September. In Oklahoma, a bill approved by state lawmakers earlier this year made the change. Both of those two states, as well as Wisconsin, have a Republican governor and Republican-controlled legislature. Oklahoma House Speaker T.W.
citizens against travel to Afghanistan, as the risk of kidnapping and terror attacks still remains high. But when it comes to food, Afghanistan has plenty of flavorful dishes to offer. The country is known for its variety of kebabs and pulao rice cooked with meat, chicken, or vegetables. In the Bamiyan region, the main bazaar in Shahr-e Nau, has a good variety of food vendors offering traditional cuisine such as kebabs, pulao, and the beef and bean soup shorwa. 7. Iraq Though the Iraq war that started in 2003 has officially ended, the U.S Department of State reports that some violence and threats against U.S. citizens persist, and U.S. citizens visiting Iraq are still at risk for kidnapping. Still, if visiting Iraq, the cuisine is definitely worth trying. Strongly influenced by the cuisine in neighboring countries Iran and Turkey, common foods in Iraq are beef and lamb dishes, such as kebabs, as well as stuffed vegetables, and filo-dough pastries. Iraqi Touch in the city Erbil serves homemade Iraqi food in a “unique and modern environment” showcasing the best of Iraq’s classic cuisine with menu items such as beef borek ground beef stuffed in filo dough and different gravies served with rice, such as curry potato gravy. 8. Venezuela Venezuela might have a bad reputation as one of the top five of countries in the world with a high murder rate, with 21,692 homicides reported in 2012. But dark crimes aside, Venezuela is a thrill for travelers seeing the world food-first: Locally grown, harvested, and roasted coffee and homemade arepas a traditional, pocket-shaped cornbread stuffed with everything from cheese to meat, are just a few of the great foods offered. As it’s a big metropolitan city, the capital Caracas offers a great variety of both budget-friendly and upscale food options.