needs are not a political priority, state intervention itself depends on effective popular organisation.
Right to Food Campaign provided to initiate implementation of the SC guidelines. Concern regarding non-implementation of Famine Code led to filing of Writ Petition in April 2001. We got good and progressive orders from the Supreme Court. SC guidelines helped the campaign to make the governments responsible in the matter of right to food. This has also led to setting up of Commission independent of government to help the court. This further helped in getting support for the campaign. Also social audit for food related schemes has been given by court. Chief Secretary of the state and the District collector are now directly responsible for the food governance. Calling for state level support from participants, Ms. Srivastava concluded that right to food campaign could not develop further without support mechanism for state level efforts.
Right to Food Campaign – Madhya Pradesh Experience – Sachin Jain
Right to food campaign is a political process which must be taken forward. We should use various schemes and SC guidelines as tools for this political process. The system should be made accountable through its persons responsible for implementation of the Scheme and the guidelines.
The campaign is not to be restricted to mere implementation of the above but a plan for alternative political ideology and approach for greater justice. At the state level,
Report: Two-day state level workshop on ‘Right to Food’
17 – 18 September 2005, Nagpur.