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Why India can't feed its people, asks Canadian media

Discussion in 'National Politics' started by Spartacus+, Jul 18, 2011.

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  1. Spartacus+

    Spartacus+ Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    TORONTO: In this Year of India in Canada, India is making news in the media here - not for the second highest growth rate in the world but for its "absolute poverty'' and failure to "feed its people.''

    The Canadian media has also likened "the boom in Bihar" to "a whimper".

    Writing under the headline 'Why India can't feed its people,' the country's biggest daily Toronto Star reported from New Delhi Sunday, "Food is an all-consuming crisis here. Waste is only one facet. Agriculture, infrastructure, inflation, innovation and corruption are others. It is a scourge and challenge for this country of 1.2 billion people...''

    According to it, "40 percent of Indian children remain chronically malnourished,'' with this figure in some parts of India even higher than some sub-Saharan countries.

    Citing reports of hungry children eating mud in parts of Uttar Pradesh , the newspaper story said, "Today, there is less food available for each Indian resident that there was 30 years ago. In 2008, the most recent year for which statistics are available, India produced 436 grams of food grains per person per day, a drop from 445.3 in 2006.''

    The report said, "As much as 40 per cent of all the fruits, vegetables and food grains grown in India never make it to the market. The country wastes more grain each year than Australia produces, and more fruits and vegetables than the UK consumes.''

    Blaming the lack of R&D for the crisis in the Indian agriculture sector which has led to 200,000 suicides since 1997, the report said, "While China pumps $3.5 billion into agricultural research - Chinese farmers grew 6.2 metric tons of rice per hectare in 2008, double India's output - India's spends a fraction of that.''

    In another story from Dharampur Mushahar Toll in Bihar, the national daily Globe and Mail reported Sunday that "the boom in Bihar sounds more like a whimper.''

    Bihar, which has the lowest literacy rate, the highest child-mortality rate and the lowest life expectancy in India, has become a synonym not for intractable despair, but for turnaround under a new reformist government led by "a pot-bellied, teetotalling socialist engineer named Nitish Kumar ,'' the report said.

    But "to travel in Bihar - in the rural areas or in the capital, Patna, where the streets are choked with garbage and the lights flicker out every couple of hours - is to see both how the place has changed, and how terribly far it has to go. And it is in this, more than anything else, that Bihar is emblematic of India - of its dark side of absolute poverty and exclusion, and how very difficult a task it is to change them,'' the report said.

    Why India can't feed its people, asks Canadian media - The Economic Times
     
  2. Guynextdoor

    Guynextdoor Lt. Colonel SENIOR MEMBER

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    Way back in 1993 India had a GDP of $250 B, not very different from Pak. Today India has 1.5 T. Indian's aren't working for today, it's for a glorious tomorrow- 30 years later.
     
  3. Kallol

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    It is a question - a quasi perennial one. The constraints are corrupt officials and inefficient mechanisms mainly. We have on paper PDS for BPL. We now have completed the census also which includes all homeless poor, etc.

    Now what might be a feasible way to make the food (we waste every year) available to these people ?

    SC had directed the Government last year in this regard - which the Govt refused. Govt must have some challenges in implementing the orders but is there a feasible way where the grains can reach these poor ?
     
  4. indian spetsnaz

    indian spetsnaz 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    points raised are valid.

    we must eliminate poverty
     
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  5. GUNS-N- ROSES

    GUNS-N- ROSES Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    anyone who thinks india's growth story is inclusive of poor is living in false dreams. the fact remains the divide between rich and poor is increasing day by day.

    i believe we have sufficient food grains to feed our country for several years but it is not utilised becas of poor management and public distribution system.

    i also feel artificial shortage is created by middle men in nexus with govt officials which leads to price escalation.

    a strong leader or agriculture minister can easily tackle problem if he has the will.
     
  6. Skull and Bones

    Skull and Bones Doctor Death Staff Member MODERATOR

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    ^^^^

    True to some extent, a part of the population is strategically left in poverty to fuel growth rate and industrialization.
     
  7. Capt.Popeye

    Capt.Popeye Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Food grain production in India is scarcely a problem. And has not been for quite some time. Just simply, supply chain management is. How much of the grains procured is stored and and then finally reaches the end-user/consumer in a fit state for consumption?

    Depending on the political leadership/bureaucracy for solutions may not be the solution. Many leading lights of commerce and industry are retiring from active professional life. Like Narayana Murthy, Ratan Tata and others. They can be co-opted/selected to lead from the front in these projects. For example Narayana Murthy in Education, Ratan Tata in Housing or transportation, Azim Premji in food grain distribution. Their mental and intellectual resources can be made to work for the national good.
     
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    @speaks Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Its a welcome criticism as this will force us to do better and better.....
    Good to know that international community is worried about India on a positive note..
    Hope our neighbor come out of their good and bad Terrorists (read Taliban)..and invest more time on economic development.
     
  9. Mr.Ryu

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    I cant find any major disagreement with the report to be honest.

    We need to do more and surely if a better administration of INDIAN food grains are done sure we can eliminate the poverty to great extend.

    Back of my house there is a railway godown and Train comes from various place to dump rice wheat etc. When they come some 25 people are employed to unload the sack of food grains after some 5-6 hrs when they finished i can guarantee you at least more than 500KG are spilled all over the place.

    The only good i can see is the workers take some Rice and Grains with them when they leave and some local men and women also come by night around 10PM and take some of those spilled. Such wastage is done every time during unloading from train 3-4 days a week. If only this is saved i can assure some 2000Kg of extra food grain will be available every week in Ration shops :hitwall:
     
  10. vigour

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    Unique ID program will definitely help in PDS and addressing issues related to BPL families.
     
  11. Naren1987

    Naren1987 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    What are your thoughts on Food stamp programs?
     
  12. satya

    satya Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    i would say its stupid then
    best preparation for tomorrow is to do today's work exceptionally well
    what do we think how these poor illiterate weak people will contribute in future
    they will remain burden even in future
     
  13. Rudrakx

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    Strict population control is much needed, only 2 children must be allowed. After that compulsory sterilization ! No matter what religion is.
     
  15. turkish

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    People living below poverty was 51 % , in 2015 it will be 22 % that is a vast improvement. Its a drastic improvement. The world should look at that rather dan lookin at our past .... We are making a change for the better..... A day will come when poverty, malnutrition & the ETCs will be found in the I history books ....



    India's poverty will fall from 51% to 22% by 2015: UN report - Times Of India
     
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