India urgently needs a universal Public Distribution System to combat undernutrition & hunger, emphasises Right to Food Campaign
-Press release by Right to Food Campaign, dated 10th May, 2021
At a time when the country is facing the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic, the need for a universal food security system has become all the more important.
In a press statement dated 10th May, 2021, the Right to Food Campaign, a civil society group working for elimination of hunger and undernutrition in the country, has expressed its shock and dismay over a recent interview given to Business Standard by Mr. Bishow Parajuli, India Country Director for United Nations World Food Programme, in which he said that “universalising the PDS ... might not be feasible as everyone in India does not need social protection.” However, the campaign is pleased to note that Mr. Parajuli acknowledges the importance of a diverse diet that includes fresh vegetables, fruits, and eggs.
All Indians must have access to a minimum income and food support, now more than ever, as the country battles its worst health crisis in living memory, according to Right to Food Campaign.
Please click here to access the press release by the Right to Food Campaign, dated 10th May, 2021.
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