A survey of the PDS in nine states has recently been completed and the results are quite interesting, pointing to an impressive turnaround of the PDS in all surveyed states, except Bihar. The forty investigators who conducted the survey have written a letter to the Prime Minister regarding the PDS/cash transfers in the context of the Food Security Act.
India has emerged as a nation with the unenviable distinction of being home to millions of hungry people even as her granaries are overflowing with food. For the second time in the current decade, the country has witnessed an enormous build-up of food-stocks even as majority of the population fail to attain the minimum nutritional standards.
A blogpost on the erroneous assumptions and conclusions about the Public Distribution System or how I continue to one-sidedly debate the Economic Times and its writers on inflation. Cartoon, courtesy The Hindu newspaper.
R.Ramakumar wrote this piece on the Unique Identification Project as part of a paper published in a journal nearly six months ago. Since then, the UIDAI has released a draft UID bill and ideas on how the project helps the Public Distribution System. Ramakumar makes a critique of the project, its goals, and the underlying philosophy.
It is surprising that the NAC-recommended press release does not reflect any spirit of the strong social-political action behind the mobilisations around the food security issue since last few years. More distressing is to hear such discussions when the country has been witnessing high inflation fuelled by higher levels of food inflation. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the fears of the proposed FSA turning into a sham and, in turn, only used as a rhetorical cover against the opposition has almost come true.
The PDS is the most important instrument of the government for ensuring food security and also price stability. In the recent past, the PDS has failed in achieving both these objectives. In analysing the reasons for this, most of the mainstream discussions continue to bark up the wrong tree of PDS administration, whereas the root of the problem is that the PDS is a targeted system, rather than being universal.Dipa Sinha writes.
Professor Jayati Ghosh delves on the global food situation and need for ensuring real food security in the country today as part of the "Naren Sen Memorial Lecture" held in Kolkata on 8th November 2009. Below is the text of the lecture given.
A meeting of the ministers and secretaries of the various state governments in India featured a discussion on the proposed Food Security Bill in the centre. The meeting elaborated on the provisions and came up with its declaration regarding the same. The Hindu newspaper also reported about this meeting and the report can be found here. Pragoti brings the text of the declaration of the meeting held in Trivandrum on 19th September 2009.
This is the text of the resolution adopted at the National Convention on the Right to Food, organized by CPI(M), in New Delhi on 26th August 2009. The resolution os preceded by a report on the convention.
Agitation by CPI(M) in Maharashtra to regularise PDS functioning ends with assurances by the chief minister to address the concerns right away. Report from Viji Pinarayi and Pragoti Team