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No food security without ecological and livelihood security

Jul 17, 2012

Providing food for the poor is important but the Food Security Bill must also create the conditions under which people can provide food for themselves, or have the means to buy it, says Ashish Kothari.

The most interesting part of the National Food Security Bill 2011 is in an annex that is not operationalised by the Bill. Schedule III, which contains steps necessary to ensure the [I]conditions [/I]under which food security can become a meaningful, long-term right of people, is relegated to the status of an intention. The central government is only supposed to “strive to progressively realise” these steps…. A euphemism to continue ignoring them? 

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Of course the operational parts of the Bill, in particular the proactive provision of affordable and good-quality food to the huge sections of India’s population that don’t have access to it, are important. In a situation where at least 75% of rural and 50% of urban households appear to have difficulties in obtaining adequate food (the Bill targets this section for subsidised foodgrain supply), urgent measures are certainly needed to provide them food.

But even while doing so, equally urgent measures are needed to create the conditions under which such people can provide food for themselves, or have the means to buy it, without having to rely on perpetual government doles.Without this, the Food Security Bill is merely a recipe for making most of India’s population hopelessly dependent on the government, thereby also continuing the enormous power of centralised bureaucracies, not to mention opportunities for graft and corruption.

 

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