An integrated approach for people centred development

Right to Food

These can be outlined as under :

  • To increase for production
  • To increase nutrition standards of the vulnerable sections of the society by distributing foodgrains at low prices through the PDS and wage employment programme.
  • To maintain stock of food grains to meet the requirement of public distribution system.
  • To maintain buffer stocks to tide over crop shortages and to maintain stability of inter-seasonal prices.
  • To achieve regional equity in production and distribution of food grains.
  • Year
  • 1992-93
  • 1993-94
  • 1994-95
  • 1995-96
  • 1996-97
  • 1997-98
  • 1998-99
  • 1999-00
  • 2000-01
  • 2001-02
  • Amount(in CR)
  • ₹ 2800
  • ₹ 5537
  • ₹ 5100
  • ₹ 5377
  • ₹ 6066
  • ₹ 7500
  • ₹ 8700
  • ₹ 9200
  • ₹ 12000
  • ₹ 14000

Broadly, the problems in the tribal regions affecting the food security situation of the population can be identified as follows :

  • Improper coverage under social security net schemes like TPDS, old age pensions, etc. due to faulty identification.
  • Ineffective delivery of programmes.
  • Highly degraded resource base, leading to low levels of productivity.
  • Employment insecurity leading to low wage payment as the tribals do not have a bargaining power.
  • Distress migration to other states, which affects the more vulnerable groups within the poor like infants, and the aged and the infirm, as they are neglected in the process of migration.

The outcome of these problems is symptomatised in the poor human development indicators in the tribal regions :

  • High levels of infant mortality
  • Low birth-wait
  • A short average life-span
  • Severely reduced working capacity due to ill-health and poor nutrition
  • Loss of precious mandays of employmen
  • Inability to make even the minimal investment for the education of children due to factors of poverty, necessitating income from the children, as also increasing drop out rates due to forced migrations.
  • A situation of chronic indebtedness further aggravating the food insecurity situation.

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