Dialogue on the National Food Security Act April 19, 2010 Constitution Club, New Delhi

RIGHT TO FOOD CAMPAIGN

Dear Friends,

Thousands of people from all over the country have travelled to the Dharna on the streets of Delhi under the umbrella of the Right to Food Campaign to protest against the proposed National Food Security Act which we consider an insult to our current situation of hunger, starvation and malnutrition.

You must be aware of the debates in the Empowered Group of Ministers (eGoM) on Food Security around the National Food Security Bill. We are deeply disappointed with the narrow manner in which the Bill is being visualised, where the government seeks to restrict the proposed Act to only providing 25kgs of foodgrains to a limited number of Below Poverty Line (BPL) households. This is meaningless in the face of high malnutrition, spiraling prices, drought and deepening hunger. Such a minimalist view is inadequate to address the issue of providing food and nutrition security to the people of this country. Instead, the NFSA must be seen as an opportunity to not only address the injustice of large-scale hunger and malnutrition in the country but also to revitalise domestic food production and agriculture. For this, the Act must deal with at least some of the causes of hunger and provide each and every resident of this country with food entitlements.

We would like to invite you for this discussion which we are holding on 19th April on the NFSA. The meeting will be held on 19th of April from 4.00pm onwards at the Constitution Club, New Delhi. We hope you will be able to join us.

Yours sincerely,

On behalf of the steering group of the Right to Food Campaign:

Annie Raja, Anuradha Talwar, Arun Gupta, Aruna Roy, Arundhati Dhuru, Ashok Bharti,

Colin Gonsalves, Jean Dreze, Kavita Srivastava, Mira Shiva, Paul Diwakar, Subhash Bhatnagar, Vandana Prasad, V.B.Rawat, Vinod Raina

Contacts:

Right to Food Campaign Secretariat Office: 011-26499563

Kavita Srivastava- 09351562965 / Dipa Sinha – 9650434777 / Trishna – 9891768050 / Sejal – 9560266167

Regards


Secretariat – Right to Food Campaign
C/o PHRN
5 A, Jungi House,
Shahpur Jat, New Delhi 110049.
India
website: www.righttofoodindia.org
Email: righttofood@gmail.com
Phone – 91 -11 -2649 9563

Read all the developments towards Right to Food Act, 2009 here : http://www.righttofoodindia.org/right_to_food_act.html

Would you like to read more:
http://www.hindustantimes.com/special-news-report/hungerproject.aspx

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=102801296429385

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