The question on clothing has led to large-scale misjudgement and nepotism. As such the question is difficult to administer.
Misjudgment and nepotism is rampant also in the case of the question on Food Security. The question, as administered, does not address the issue of amount of food available and only deals with the number of times a family eats in a day.
The question on Sanitation has had a few misjudgements.
Question on qualification of highest educated person in family gives higher points for educational qualification irrespective of whether the higher qualification is enabling them to earn a higher income.
There has been large-scale misjudgement on this. Families sending children to school are penalized while families sending children for work are rewarded. This can have adverse impact on the abolition of child labour and enrolment in schools.
Families who have been given 4 points as falling under the ‘Other’ category are not necessarily better off than families falling under the ‘Salary’ category. In some cases families with large landholdings have been depicted as surviving on Wage Labour, while families, which have no land, have been depicted as being dependent on subsistence cultivation.
The scoring pattern under the Status of children is incomplete. Thus families not having children have been given a score of 4. In fact this question can be answered only for families with children in school-going age and hence can not be used as a scoring point. Further, families sending their children to school are penalized while families not sending their children to school are rewarded.
Report: Two-day state level workshop on ‘Right to Food’
17 – 18 September 2005, Nagpur.