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MS Swaminathan, father of Green Revolution, interviewed by Jitheesh PM & Jipson John (Newsclick.in)

more than just eating implications. It protects national sovereignty, national rights and national prestige. * Currently we have a targeted Food Security Act. You have recommended a comprehensive food security bill that ensures nutrient rich-food availability for all. What is its importance in country like India where the world’s largest numbers of hungry people live? I’ve always believed we should go for food nutrition security.&nb

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Community kitchens: An idea whose time has come -Reetika Khera

ogetherness. Going forward The community kitchens described so far are state government initiatives. Community kitchens were an important component for urban food security in the draft National food security bill. Unfortunately, the provision was dropped. Happily, as with many other social welfare programmes, it seems that as the central government loses the plot, the states are making modest, yet pioneering, moves.

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Politics of Food -Gayatri Jayaraman

pact of globalisation on food patterns post-1980s, say "aspirational eating" has pushed diets to less nutritional but more globally diverse foods. Swaminathan pushed for an amendment to the food security bill to include millets in the PDS in 2012, but the move never took off. Due to increasing health awareness, millets have anyway become popular among the gym-going upper classes but as Dalit activist Chandrabhan Prasad explains, they were on

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Rural deprivation -Indira Rajaraman

urposes was done patchily across the country, more in the south than in north India. Till revisions are issued, we are compelled to use the data as reported on the SECC website. The context of the food security bill informs the manner of presentation, and the terminology used. So, out of a total of 179.1 million rural households, 70.5 million are reported as automatically excluded, based on any of 14 parameters (such as ownership of assets like ref

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Food For Thought, Mr Modi -Ria Singh Sawhney & Jessica Pudussery

rtance of the Act came from having participated in surveys to understand the ground realities of government programmes of social support. We aren't sure how to understand the BJP's U-turn on the food security bill. Compare, for instance the concern expressed by senior BJP leader M M Joshi, when the Bill came up for debate in Parliament in 2013. "We condemn the hasty manner in which this Bill is seeking to be enacted" - or, even more str

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Food security: economists challenge official panel’s conclusions -Yogesh Rajput

eport of the Targeted PDS, the Planning Commission (2005) noted that 58 percent of subsidized grains distributed through TPDS do not reach BPL families. The CACP Discussion Paper 2 (2012) on National food security bill points to leakages in PDS to the tune of 54.1 percent in 2004-05, and 40.4 percent in 2009-10, based on NSSO data. Our estimates based on NSSO data of 2011 indicate a leakage of about 46.7 percent (Annexure 4). In many States leakage ra

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Reforming FCI or cutting back food security? -Nitin Sethi

tiya Janata Party leader Shanta Kumar has moved substantially away from the promises the party made in its 2014 election manifesto as well as its position on the floor of Parliament when the National food security bill was debated. BJP said in its manifesto that " it has always held that 'universal food security' is integral to national security. BJP will take steps to ensure that the benefits of the scheme reach the common man and that the right

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Modi plays pro-poor card in WTO row -Radhika Ramaseshan

tween earning shreya (credit) and working for one's priya (beloved ones). We chose our priya," he said. Inevitably, the Prime Minister accused the UPA government of "bartering away the food security bill" at a previous WTO conference "almost as though they had a desire to extract the blood of the poor". Modi's message from the political platform played on national pride and self-reliance, the pet themes of the BJP's

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Improve yield using less resources: Swaminathan

yield per acre of land," he said. The scientist said that students and scientists should focus on developing techniques that would improve yield using minimum land and water. Mentioning the food security bill that was passed in August 2013 by the Congress led UPA government, Swaminathan said, "The government has now made it a priority to ensure food security. However, In India, we have a large section of women and children who are malno

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Reinforcing the welfare agenda -Harsh Mander

governments.   Voters were weary and angry with the UPA government because in its second term, the government failed to implement its own programmes with conviction. A diluted National food security bill was passed barely eight months before the end of the government's term, which indicated no seriousness in actually implementing its provisions. The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 laid minimum standards for

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