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Supreme Court finds it difficult to enforce its orders at nationwide level and needs the active intervention of the High Courts if starvation in this country needs to be eradicated.

The Colloquium was organized to discuss matters relating to starvation in the country with a view to evolving a legal framework on food security that will for the first time practically ensure for all persons a right to live with dignity. The official visit of the U.N. Rapporteur on the Right to Food to India provided an opportune occasion for his interaction with members of the judiciary.

Overview of the provisions of the Food Security situation in Maharashtra – by Prof. H M Desarda

The situation in Maharashtra is depressing in terms of food security, noted Prof. Desarda. Per capita consumption of food has reduced by 29 kg directly resulting into loss of food energy level of people and productivity. Per capita food production in the country is 190 kg while that for Maharashtra is much lesser. As well as per capita crop production in the state is also half in comparison with country’s total agriculture production.

It is alarming that 70 percent of people in Maharashtra are not getting required calories as per capita food availability has reduced from 198 kg to 154 kg. Similarly per capita income of 91 percent population living in rural areas is approximately Rs. 1000. The reality is that more than half of that population is not able to earn even Rs. 600 per month.

In such case, how can one expect them to consume food required for survival of human being, Prof Desarda questioned. The starvation and chronic malnutrition in Maharashtra

Report – Two-days workshop on Right to Food

17 and 18 September 2005, Nagpur

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