Food for All - Addl Inputs Sought
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Ensuring Food for all - Key Solutions
1. Government should take strict measures to control inflation
2. The Right to Food should be immediately implemented
3. People involved in hoarding and black marketing of food items should be identified and imprisoned
4. The Public Distribution System should be revamped and made efficient
5. The food material that passes through PDS should undergo strict quality checks
6. Licences of the PDS shops selling food grains at a higher than usual price should be cancelled
7. Food Corporation in India should modernize their storage facilities to minimize the wastage of food grains
8. Cold storage facilities should be increased to reduce wastage
9. NGOs should take up the task of collecting left over food from marriages & parties and deliver them to the poor
10. The ‘Amma Canteen’ concept for the poor should be implemented in other states as well
11. The Government food policies should be publicised so that people know about them
12. The brokerage system of buying crops should be removed
13. Strict measures should be taken by the Government on population control
14. ICT based end-to-end solutions can be implemented to track & transport (using Intelligent Transport Systems) food grains
15. Misuse of the Government schemes should be stopped
16. Government may provide industrial sites for food processing/ preservation in every district and encourage investors to invest/ manage/ maintain the industry
17. Educating farmers on modern methods of farming could help them in increasing their produce
18. A local supply chain for food overage should be established in every town where left over prepared food from gatherings/events/homes finds its way to the poor the same night.
Ensuring Food for all - Key Issues and Root Causes
1. Government is unable to control food inflation
2. Right to Food policy could not be implemented on grass root level
3. Lack of action against hoarders and black marketing
4. Corruption at all levels in the Public Distribution System
5. Poor checks on quality of food provided by PDS
6. Food grains are stored in FCI storages for years and thereby grains start rotting.
7. Poor storage facilities in FCI storages
8. No monitoring on food wastage in marriage & other functions
9. Subsidized canteens aren’t available in all states such as ‘Amma Canteen’ in Tamilnadu.
10. Corrupt nexus between politicians and FCI, PDS officials
11. Public is unaware about Government food policies
12. PDS shops sell food grains at a higher rate.
13. BPL card is misused; it doesn’t reach the needy ones. more