schemes and their experiences in fighting for the Right to Food. The participants were from Yeotmal, Bhandara, Gondia, Chandrapur, Wardha, Melghat, Amravati, Nandurbar, Dhulia, Aurangabad, Ahmednagar, Pune, Mumbai, Sangli, Satara, Gadchiroli, Akola, Nashik, Parbhani, Beed and Thane. A particular focus of the workshop was a discussion on the Right to Employment Act and the link between the Right to Food and the Right to Health. Kavita Srivastava, the forerunner of the Right to Food national campaign shared her experience as being the petitioner organsation on the Supreme Court case on the Right to Food. Anuradhra Talwar Assistant to the Commissioner in West Bengal presented how in West Bengal they struggled against starvation deaths particularly among the Tea Garden workers. Mr. Manas Ranjan and Sachin Jain shared the experiences of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh respectively. Senior activists from Maharashtra like Prof. H.M. Desarda, Mr. Satish Gogulwar and Suresh Sawant spoke about critical issues faced in Maharashtra.
An activist from Disha in Nasik spoke about their victory in getting temporary ration cards for migrant workers. An activist from Shahada spoke about the fraud in identifying BPL families – in Shahada when the government enumerators come to the village they simply take the first 25 houses as BPL and after that all the families are taken as Above Poverty Line irrespective of what is their actual income or living conditions. There is massive under-recording of child malnutrition and deaths due to malnutrition. This leads to wayward planning for correcting malnutrition. The government is withdrawing from the primary health care services. If child malnutrition has to decrease then the right at health and the right to food has to be linked at the government implementation level.
Report – Two-days workshop on Right to Food
17 and 18 September 2005, Nagpur