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is on rise and state government is making all possible efforts to hide the exact number of malnutrition deaths. Concluding his presentation, Prof. Desarda suggested to look food security from a different perspective as it is altogether a diverse concept. It should be build at community, village and individual’s level, he concluded.

Session II –

Starvation and Malnutrition Deaths

Experiences with starvation in West Bengal1 – Ms. Anuradha Talwar

Hunger was imminent is West Bengal as early as 1943, when famine hit the state. There were food riots and food movement in 1959, 51 persons died on 31st August 1959. Villagers’ sentiment of “now we eat rice, not milo and Khund”. However, NSSO Data 2000-1 shows

Out of every 1000 households

899 households get enough food throughout the year (lowest except for Arunachal Pradesh)

75 households get enough food throughout for only some months (lowest except for Arunachal Pradesh and Orissa)

26 households get enough food for no month of the year( lowest except for Assam and Tripura)

While, NHS 2 (1998-99) shows, about 6 in every 10 women and 7 in every 10 children suffer from severe anaemia. Secretary Women and Child Development recently stated in a meeting that they found 95% of women in Bengal are anaemic.

Hunger is very prominent in categories as below –

1 Based upon the PowerPoint presentation of the speaker

Report – Two-days workshop on Right to Food

17 and 18 September 2005, Nagpur

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