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Tuesday, Dec 07, 2021
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A Grain Of Good Sense

Legislating against hunger is a great idea that needs expansion

A Grain Of Good Sense
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A Grain Of Good Sense
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In India, hunger and malnutrition have deep roots, not only in economic insecurity but also lack of education, gender inequality, social discrimination, skewed property rights and lack of basic amenities. Serious commitment to the right to food would call for action on all these fronts. The proposed act is unlikely to provide a blanket solution but could make a big difference if it takes a broad view of the problem.

It’s especially important not to conflate the proposed act with the Congress promise of 25 kg of grain every month at Rs 3 a kilo for BPL families. Indeed, this happens to be little more than a repackaging of the current BPL entitlements, with less quantity at a lower price. Further, good nutrition depends not only on access to cheap grain but also on other inputs, such as good food, childcare, clean water and breastfeeding support. A serious right to food law should ensure these needs are also addressed.

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