How Food Security Bill in its current form creates more problems than it solves

SHARE:

No right thinking and compassionate Indian can argue against Food Security to millions of Indian poor who suffer hunger worse than Sub-Saharan Africa. But instead of fixing structural issues, how worthwhile is it to do more of the same things which have failed us over the last 60 years? Before knee-jerking into the lakhs of crores of public money into the Food Security Bill, have we understood how is it going to affect farmers, rural incomes and and the intended beneficiaries?

Let me not even take the fiscal argument as I believe money should not be a constraint for a cause like this but let us look at how various stakeholders are going to be affected by this.

Food Security Bill - Photo by Ananth BS

First, let us look at what farmers currently suffering from,

a) Not getting market price for their yield
b) Not getting advance price signals from market to know what to grow for a rewarding remuneration
c) Not being able to freely decide who to sell the produce. This also obscures the crop choices for the farmers. Why do you think too many of them grow only wheat and rice and not pulses or lentils?

With FSB, all the above hardships would get further accentuated as the government would almost entirely monopolize procurement of agricultural produce. FCI’s procurement needs would massively increase after the Food Security Bill and the Central Govt would decide what price to pay, what to grow and who to sell to.

Second, let’s look at the execution model that the FSB proposes to use,

We all know that the current system of food supply chain run by Food Corporation of India and National Warehousing Corporation wastes more than 35% of food-grain. We also know that the current PDS system of targeting BPL cards leave many eligible poor out while allowing many undeserving ones to benefit. FSB proposes to use the same system.

“If implementing the bill is to cost Rs 6 lakh crore over a three-year period, as the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) reckons, that’s a huge Rs 3 lakh crore to be siphoned off by various middlemen along the way.”

Third, let us look as what will Food Security Bill will do to the Food availability in the country,

FSB will dramatically increase the Govt procurement of food-grain from the market, crowding out private procurement. A third of it will get rotten and inedible in Govt godowns. Of what would be left, target beneficiaries can hope to get only half of it, rest being pilfered to open market. This will create an artificial scarcity and a runaway food inflation in India. A scary scenario indeed!

So in summary, Food Security Bill in its current form will distress farmers and rural incomes, cause food scarcity and runaway inflation without much benefiting the hungry, and while creating a fiscal hole in country’s finances.

Having made the case against the Food Security Bill in its current form, let me also give some pointers about what should be done to fight hunger in India:

1. Gujarat has shown the way on how by working on irrigation, rural Infra (including power), crop diversification (including fruits and veggies) animal husbandry and allied activities, farm productivity can be transformed. Not only that, this also resulted in growth in rural income, a prerequisite for comprehensive food security.

2. Strengthen or add physical and IT Infrastructure to FCI, Nation warehousing Corporation and the entire Food-Supply-Chain.

3. Focus on overall malnutrition, not just calories are carbohydrates. Current focus is entirely on grains, while neglecting fruits, vegetables, milk and eggs. Govt must promote the diversification of food

4. Above all, we need a comprehensive approach of poverty alleviation, which along with food scarcity and food inflation is the basic cause of hunger and malnutrition.

Written by Prakash Sharma >>

ProFreedom, Centrist, liberal, Atheist. IITD, DCE Alumni.
Name

1965 War,3,66A,2,Aam Aadmi,1,AAP,37,AAP Rift,4,AAPtard,2,Abhishek Manu Singhvi,1,ABP News,1,ABVP,1,Acche Din,3,Achhe Din,2,Acid Attacks,1,Activism,3,Adarsh Liberal,5,Aditi Restaurant,1,Aditya Chaturvedi,5,Advertorial,1,Afghanistan,3,Africa,1,Afzal Guru,1,Agriculture,2,AIADMK,1,AIB Roast,1,Ajmal Kasab,1,Akshay Bhatt,1,Akshay Marathe,4,Akshay Thakre,1,Al Qaeda,2,Alcohol,1,Algeria,1,Alka Gurha,1,Allen George,2,Ambani,1,Amit Shah,2,Amrit Hallan,4,Amrita Rai,1,Analysis,21,Angola,1,Animal Rights,2,Animal Welfare Board of India,1,Aniruddh Chakraborty,1,Anjali Damania,4,Anjana Bhartia,1,Ankit Lal,1,Ankur Baruah,1,Anna Hazare,2,APJ Abdul Kalam,1,App,1,Apsara Iyengar,1,Arab Spring,1,Archived,110,Argentina,1,Argument,32,Arjun Kapoor,1,Arnab Goswami,5,Arpan Mukherjee Das,2,Arpita Biswas,1,Article Review,1,Arun Jaitley,1,Arundhati Roy,1,Arvind Kejriwal,42,Arvind Passey,1,ASEAN,3,Asha Dwarkanath,1,Asha Mirjie,1,Ashutosh,1,Ashutosh Gowarrikar,1,Asia,1,Assam,2,Atal Bihari Vajpayee,1,Atheism,1,AURA,1,Australia,1,Automobile Industry,1,Ayodhya,1,Ayush Verma,1,Babri Masji Demolition,2,Bajrang Dal,1,Balochistan,2,Bangladesh,2,Banking,1,Banned Books,1,Barkha Dutt,1,Beant Singh,1,Beef,5,Beef Ban,3,Beijing,3,Bestiality,1,Bhagat Singh,2,Bhagwad Gita,2,Bhakts,1,Bihar,3,Bizarre,1,BJP,35,Black Money,1,Bodoland,1,Bodos,1,Bollywood,5,Book Review,2,BR Ambedkar,2,Brain Drain,1,Brazil,1,Breaking Bad,1,Bribery,2,BRICS,1,BRP Bhaskar,1,Brundi,1,BSP,1,Buddhism,1,Burhan Wani,1,Burma,1,Business,1,CAG,2,Capital Punishment,1,Capitalism,1,Caste System,7,CBI,2,CBSE,1,CCP,1,CGA,1,Chanakya,1,Chandrajith Bhaskar,1,Charlie Hebdo,3,Chennai,1,Chennai Express,1,Child Abuse,2,Child Rights,1,China,14,Christianity,5,Christians,2,CIA,1,CIC,1,Citylights,1,Civic Sense,3,Civil Liberties,7,Civil Rights,1,Click Bait,1,CNN-IBN,2,Coal Scam,1,ColorsTV,1,Comedy Nights,1,Comics,12,Commentary,37,Communal,10,Communal Harmony,2,Communism,7,Congress,28,Consent,1,Constipation,1,Constitution,7,Construction,1,Contract Labor,1,Controversy,3,Copyright Infringement,1,Corruption,21,Cow,4,Cows,2,CPM,1,Cricket,1,Crime,10,Criminal Candidates,2,Crorepati Candidates,1,Culture,12,Cut to the chase,1,CV Raman,1,Dadri,4,Dalit,3,Daud Ibrahim,1,Death Sentence,1,Debate,2,Decentralisation,1,Deepa Mehta,1,Deepika Padukone,2,Defence,5,Dehradun,1,Delhi,24,Delhi Gangrape,2,Delhi Police,2,Delhi University,2,Democracy,8,Development,7,Digital India,1,Digvijay Singh,3,Dileep Padgaonkar,1,Diplomacy,3,Discipline,1,Discrimination,4,Diversity,4,Divorce Act,1,DMK,1,Documents,1,Domestic Violence,1,Dr Bijoy Bagchi,6,Dr Brook Robinson,1,Dr Munish Kumar Raizada,1,Dr Saumya Ritesh,3,Dr Shelly Dsouza,2,Dr Sukant Khurana,3,Draupadi,1,DRDO,1,Drugs,1,DTC,1,DTPH,1,Earthquake,3,Economy,16,Education,5,Egypt,1,Ekta Rawat,1,Elections,14,English Vinglish,1,Entertainment,5,Environment,3,Equality,6,Ethiopia,1,Europe,1,Explained,1,Exposed,15,Facebook,1,Facts,1,Family,1,Fan Fiction,1,Farmers,7,Favorites,10,FDI,1,Featured,7,Feminism,12,Film Review,3,Finance,1,Focus,6,Food Security Bill,2,Foreign Policy,32,FP,13,France,5,Francois Gautier,1,Freedom,3,Freedom of Speech,4,Friedrich Hayek,1,Fringe,3,Front Page,29,Frontpage,4,Fundamental Rights,1,Gandhi Jayanti,1,Gandhian,1,Gandhis,3,Ganga,1,Gaurav Kumar,1,Gauri Mailekhi,1,Gautam Joshi,1,Gay Rights,5,GDP,2,Geeta,1,Geetika Suicide Case,1,Get Ahead,2,Ghar Vapsi,1,Google,1,Gopal Kanda,1,Gorkhaland,1,Governance,3,Greg JS,1,Guidelines,1,Gujarat,5,Gujarat Riots,5,Gulf,2,Gurmehar Kaur,2,Hadith,2,Hafiz Sayeed,5,Harish Salve,1,Harit Pradesh,1,Harsh Pratap,2,Harshvardhan,1,Hartosh Singh Bal,1,Haryana,2,Hasee Toh Phasee,1,Hate Speech,1,Health,4,Heart Disease,1,Hema Malini,1,Hemant Dubey,4,Highlight,6,Himadrish Suwan,22,Hindi Media,2,Hindu Fringe,5,Hinduism,12,Hindus,12,Hindutva,14,History,11,Homophobia,1,Homosexuality,3,Honor Killing,1,Housing,1,HUJI,1,Human Resource,1,Human Rights,4,Humor,3,Hunger,1,Hurriyat,5,Hyderabad,1,IAC,2,IAEA,1,Ideas,3,Imperialism,1,Incest,1,Independence Day,1,Indian Air Force,1,Indian Army,5,Indian Freedom Movement,2,Indian Media,11,Indian Men,1,Indian Mujaheedin,1,Indian Muslims,1,Indian Navy,3,Indian Ocean,3,Indian Parents,1,Indian Penal Code,1,Indian Police,4,Indian Women,8,Indians,4,IndiaTV,1,Indira Gandhi,1,Indo-China War,1,Indo-Iran,1,Indo-Pacific Region,1,Indo-Pak,7,Indus,1,Industry,1,Infrastructure,3,Inside Voices,1,Insider,4,Intelligence,1,Internet.org,1,IOR,3,IPL,1,Iran,2,Iraq,1,Ishaan Mohan Bagga,43,Ishrat Jahan,1,ISI,3,ISIS,6,Islam,21,Islamic Fundamentalists,4,Islamophobia,2,Israel,2,Issues,8,IT,1,IT Act,1,J&K,7,Jai Dehadrai,1,Jains,1,Jammu,1,Jana Hitwadi,1,Japan,4,Jaswant Singh,1,Jayasankar Ambadi,1,JDU,3,Jihad,4,Jiten Ram Manjhi,1,Jitendra Singh,1,JNU,4,Journalism,4,JP Sundharam,13,JuD,1,Judaism,1,Judges,2,Judiciary,7,Justice,2,Justice Katju,2,Kabul,1,Kamla Nehru Hospital,1,Kandhar,1,Kanu Agrawal,1,Kapil Sharma,1,Kapil Sibal,1,Kapila Hingorani,1,Karan Johar,1,Karan Thapar,1,Karan Tiwari,1,Karavali,1,Kargil War,1,Kartik Dora,1,Kashinath Pandit,6,Kashmir,20,Kashmir Issue,13,Kashmiri Pandits,3,Kashmiris,2,Kerala,2,Kerala Bhavan,1,Keshav Iyengar,2,Khirki Extension,2,Khushwant Singh,1,Kiran Batni,1,Kiran Bedi,2,Kishtwar,1,Kissing,1,KKHH,1,Konkan,1,Koran,5,Kosal,1,Koshika Kejriwal,1,Kothari Brothers,1,KP Nayar,1,Kulbhushan Jadhav,2,Kumar Shyam,1,Kumar Vishwas,1,Kunwar Pranav Singh,1,Kuwait,1,Lalu Prasad,1,Land Acquisition Bill,5,Landslides,1,Language,1,Lavanya Viswanathan,3,Law,13,Law Enforcement,1,Law Ministry,1,Learning English,1,Left Liberals,5,LeT,1,Letters,1,LGBT,5,Liberals,5,Lifehacks,1,Lifestyle,2,Lila Inter-actions,2,LK Advani,1,Lokesh Saxena,1,Lokpal,1,Lokpal Bill,2,Lord Buddha,1,Lord Krishna,1,Lord Ram,1,Love Jihad,1,Madhur Chadha,1,Mahabharat,2,Maharashtra,4,Mahatma Gandhi,3,Mahesh Sharma,1,Make in India,1,Mallika Sarabhai,1,Malnutrition,1,Mani Shankar Aiyyar,2,Manifesto,1,Manish Paul,12,Manish Sisodia,2,Manjhi,1,Manmohan Singh,3,Manohar Lal Khattar,1,Manu,1,Manufacturing,1,Manusmriti,1,Marathwada,1,Maritime,3,Mark Zuckerberg,1,Marriage Act,3,Mayank Gandhi,5,Mayur Jain,1,MCD,2,McDonald,1,MEA,1,Mecca,1,Media,27,Media Review,1,Medical Negligence,1,Meera Bhaynder,1,Mehbooba Mufti,3,Meme,4,Men's Rights,3,Middle-east,2,Migrants,1,Mika Singh,1,Milan Kumar,7,Minorities,1,Misandry,1,Misogyny,8,MMS,1,MNS,1,Moarlity,1,Mohan Bhagwat,2,Mona Singh,1,Morality,9,Mother Teresa,1,Mother Tongue,1,MPs,1,MRA,1,MSG Movie,1,Mulayam Singh,3,Mumbai,4,Municipality,2,Muslim Women,2,Muslims,18,My Story,4,Myanmar,1,Mysore,1,Mythology,2,Nandita Das,1,Nani Palkhivala,1,Narendra Modi,45,Narmada,1,National Security,7,Nationalism,1,Natural Disaster,4,Nature,1,Navbharat Times,1,Navjot Singh Siddhu,1,Nawaz Sharif,3,Naxalism,2,Naxalites,2,NCP,1,NDA,1,NDTV,2,Neha Taneja,1,Nehru,1,Nepal,1,Net Neutrality,1,NGOs,1,NIA,1,Nido Tania,1,Nigeria,2,Nirbhaya,3,Nirmal Baba,1,Nitish Kumar,2,Nobel Prize,1,Non-violence,1,North Korea,2,North-East India,2,Nuclear Bomb,3,Nuclear Power,1,Objectification,1,Oil,5,OLX,1,Olympics,1,On Social Media,1,On TV,2,ONGC,1,Open Letter,17,Opinion,11,Owaisi,1,P Chidambaram,1,Paan,1,Paan Singh Tomar,1,Pakistan,30,Pakistan Army,2,Pakistanis,1,Pappu,1,Parenting,1,Parliament Attack,1,Parsis,2,Partition,1,Passion Crimes,1,PDA,1,PDP,4,Pedophilia,1,Personality,2,Peshawar,1,Petrol,1,Philippines,1,Philosophy,1,PIL,3,POK,2,Police,2,Policy,18,Policy Watch,9,Political,6,Politics,44,Pollution,1,Polyandry,1,Polygamy,1,Poorvanchal,1,Populism,1,Pornography,3,Poverty,8,Prakash Gowda,5,Prakash Sharma,7,Prannoy Roy,1,Prashant Bhushan,11,Pre Poll Survey,1,Pritish Nandy,1,Priyanka Gandhi,1,Prophet Mohammad,2,Psecularism,7,Public Safety,1,Punjab,1,Punjabis,1,Quotes,1,Racism,1,Raghav Gakhar,2,Rahul Gandhi,14,Rahul Sharma,1,Rahul Singh,1,Rajaram Balajee,1,Rajat Sharma,1,Rajdeep Sardesai,1,Rajguru,1,Rakhi Sawant,1,Ram Mandir,1,Ramayan,1,Ramjas College,1,Ranbir Kapoor,1,Ranveer Singh,1,Rape,18,Rashamohan Singh,1,Ravi Kulkarni,2,Ravi Srivastava,1,Ravish Kumar,1,RAW,1,Real Estate,4,Recall,2,Reforms,2,Regional Cancer Center,1,Relationships,1,Reliance,1,Religion,14,Religious Conversion,3,Renaissance,1,Republic,6,Republic Day,1,Research,3,Reservation,3,Review,5,Richa Paul,1,Right Wing,3,Riots,3,Road Rage,1,Road Safety,3,Roads,1,Robert Vadra,1,Rohit Aggarwal,1,Rohit Nigam,1,Rohit Shetty,1,Rohith Vemula,1,RSS,9,RTI,6,Rural,6,Russia,8,S Ravi,1,Sagarika Ghose,1,Sahajanya Balaganesh,2,Sakshi Maharaj,1,Salil Desai,1,Salman Khan,1,Samajwadi Party,3,Sameer Khan,1,Sangeet Som,1,Sanitation,2,Sanjay Joshi,1,Sanjeev Kumar,1,Satire,22,Saudi Arabia,3,Saurashtra,1,Schedule Caste,4,Science,1,Section 377,4,Secularism,10,Sedition,1,Seemandhra,1,Selfie,1,Sensationalism,1,Separatist,9,Sex Ratio,1,Sex Tape,1,Sex-Ed,1,Sexist,10,Sexual Abuse,4,Sexual Harassment,4,Shabana Azmi,1,Shabnam Latiwala,1,Shahrukh Khan,1,Shamim Zakaria,6,Shana Sood,2,Shashi Tharoor,1,Shashwati Goswami,1,Shastras,1,Shefali Vaidya,2,Sheila Dikshit,1,Shias,1,Shimla Accord,1,Shirish Asthana,2,Shiv Sena,2,Shoma Chaudhury,1,Short Takes,1,Shorts,2,Shruti Seth,1,Shweta Gurjar,1,Siddharth Rathod,1,Sidebar,12,Sikh Riots,1,Sikhs,1,Sleazy Reporting,1,Smart Cities,1,Smita Mukerji,1,Snadeal,1,Snoop Gate,1,Social Media,2,Social Responsibility,1,Socialism,3,Societal,12,Society,30,Soft Drinks,1,Somnath Bharti,4,Somu Kumar,1,Sonia Gandhi,5,Sourabh Jyoti Sharma,18,South Africa,1,South Asia,3,South China Sea,2,South Korea,1,South-Indians,1,Soviet Union,1,SP,1,Speech Excerpts,1,Spirituality,1,Spitters,1,Sports,1,SRCC,1,Sreesanth,1,Students,1,Study Abroad,1,Subramanian Swamy,1,Sudheendra Kulkarni,1,Sufis,1,Sukhdev,1,Sumanth G Rao,1,Sumnesh Salodkar,1,Sunanda Pushkar,1,Supreme Court,8,Surya Solanki,2,Sushant Taing,1,Sushma Swaraj,3,Swachh Bharat Abhiyan,1,Swami Vivekananda,1,Swaraj,3,Syria,1,Taiwan,1,Tapas Mohanty,3,Tarun Tejpal,1,Tathagat Khandelwal,3,Taxation,1,Technology,1,Tehelka,1,Telangana,1,Terrorism,26,Thane,1,The Economist,1,The Hindus,1,The Telegraph,1,Third Front,1,Thoughts,8,Tibet,2,Tiger Memon,1,Times Group,1,Times Now,4,Times of India,2,Tina Jindal,1,Traffic Rules,1,Transgender,1,Trending,226,Trends,1,Trina Nileena Banerjee,1,Trolls,1,Twitter,1,Ugly Truth,2,UK,2,UN,1,Unauthorised Colonies,1,Uniform Civil Code,2,UP,1,UPA,9,US,2,USA,7,Uttar Pradesh,5,Uttarakhand,2,V Jaganmohan,1,Vansh Saluja,1,Varun Tangri,1,Ved Pratap Vaidik,1,Ved Pratap Vedik,1,Vedanta,1,VHP,2,Vidya Subrahmaniam,1,Vidyut Kale,5,Vietnam,1,Vijay Goel,1,Vineeta Tiwari,1,Vir Das,1,Virat Kohli,2,Vishesh Kashyap,4,Vitthal Radadiya,1,Vladimir Putin,1,Vote Bank,1,Voter,1,VVIPs,2,Wahhabism,3,War,2,Water,1,Weapons,5,Wendy Doniger,1,Women,14,Women Empowerment,13,Women Safety,12,World,3,World War II,1,WTO,1,Xi Jinping,1,Yakub Memon,2,Yogendra Yadav,10,Yogi Adityanath,1,Zahoor Ahmed Wani,1,Zakir Naik,1,Zimbabwe,1,
ltr
item
Indian Exponent: How Food Security Bill in its current form creates more problems than it solves
How Food Security Bill in its current form creates more problems than it solves
https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_uuZT-FwbrU/VR1BZE3_dvI/AAAAAAAABfk/zkYJpDmO40c/s1600/Food-Security-Bill.jpg
https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_uuZT-FwbrU/VR1BZE3_dvI/AAAAAAAABfk/zkYJpDmO40c/s72-c/Food-Security-Bill.jpg
Indian Exponent
http://www.indianexponent.com/2013/05/food-security-bill-in-its-current-form-creates-more-problems-than-it-solves.html
http://www.indianexponent.com/
http://www.indianexponent.com/
http://www.indianexponent.com/2013/05/food-security-bill-in-its-current-form-creates-more-problems-than-it-solves.html
true
2092170621401459056
UTF-8
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS CONTENT IS PREMIUM Please share to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy