NCERT Solutions for Class 9 Economics Chapter 4 - Food Security in India
Chapter 4 - Food Security in India Exercise 53
Availability of food ? Presence of enough food for all the persons
Accessibility of food ? Absence of barrier on access to food
Affordability of food ? Capability of all persons to buy food of acceptable quality
Food security has been ensured in India because of the following factors.
(i) Self-sufficiency of food grains ? India has become self-sufficient in food grains (as was its aim since Independence) during the last thirty years. This has been because of a variety of crops grown all over the country.
(ii) Food-security system ? The availability of food grains has been ensured by the government with the help of a carefully designed food-security system. This system involves the maintenance of a buffer stock of food grains, and the distribution of this food among the poorer sections of the society with the help of a public distribution system.
(iii) Implementation of several poverty-alleviation programmes having an explicit food security component ? Apart from the distribution of food through fair-price shops, the government has come up with several poverty-alleviation programmes that enhance food security; for example, mid-day meals and food-for-work.
(iv) Involvement of cooperatives and NGOs ? In addition to the role of the government in ensuring food security, various cooperatives and NGOs are also working intensively towards this direction. Mother Dairy and Amul are two examples of cooperatives involved in ensuring food security.
A large number of people in India suffer from food insecurity.
(1) In the rural areas the following types of people are more prone to food insecurity:
(i) Landless people with little or no land.
(ii) Traditional artisans who provide traditional services.
(iii) Petty self-employed workers.
(iv) Destitute including beggars.
(2) In the urban areas the following types of people are more prone to food insecurity:
(i) Casual labourers.
(ii) Workers employed in the ill paid occupations.
(iii) Workers employed in seasonal activities.
Incidentally these people suffering from food insecurity come from the regions such as economically backward states with high poverty, tribal and remote areas, and regions more prone to natural disaster etc.
When India became independent there was acute shortage of food grains. The country had to import large quantities of food grains from other countries. To meet this situation in late 1960s, the government adopted certain strategies in agriculture to make this country self-sufficient in food grains. These strategies included:
1. Use of HYV seeds.
2. Use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
3. New scientific methods of farming.
4. Several schemes for irrigation were undertaken to bring more land under cultivation.
All these resulted into 'Green Revolution' especially in the production of wheat and rice. Since the advent of the Green Revolution, India has not only attained self-sufficiency in food grains but also could avoid famine even during the adverse climates.
Chronic hunger is a consequence of diets persistently inadequate in terms of quantity and/or quality. Poor people suffer from chronic hunger because of their very low income and in turn, inability to buy food even for survival.
Antyodaya Anna Yojana
(i) Launched in December 2000, it caters to the families below poverty level.
(ii) Under this scheme, one crore of the poorest among the BPL families covered under the targeted public distribution system were identified.
(iii) Twenty-five kilograms of food grains were made available to each eligible family at a highly subsidised rate (Rs 2 per kg for wheat and Rs 3 per kg for rice)
(iv) The quantity of food grains was enhanced from 25 to 35 kgs with effect from April 2002.
(v) The scheme was expanded twice to include a greater number of BPL families. By August 2004, 2 crore families were covered under this scheme.
National Food for Work Programme
(i) Launched in November 2004, it caters to 150 most backward districts of the country.
(ii) Its objective is to intensify the generation of supplementary wage employment.
(iii) Any rural poor in need of wage employment and having the desire to do manual unskilled work can avail of this programme.
(iv) It is a 100 per cent Centrally-sponsored scheme. The food grains are provided to the States free of cost.
(v) The district collector is entrusted with the overall responsibility of planning, implementation, coordination, monitoring and supervision.
The food procured by FCI is supplied to the poor through the ration shops which have been set up in most of the localities, villages, towns and cities. This is a part of the Public Distribution System (PDS) which is the most important step taken by the government towards ensuring food security in the country. These ration shops supply foodgrains, kerosene, sugar etc. to the poor at a price much lower than the market price. Any family with a ration card can purchase stipulated amount of these items every month from the nearby ration shop.
But recently, many problems have crept up in the functioning of the ration shops, such as -
1. The quality of the rationed articles issued to the poor is much less than what it should be. As a result the poor have to depend on the market for their needs.
2. Some of the ration shop dealers resort to malpractices. They illegally divert the grains to the open market for better gains.
3. Some of the ration shop dealers sell only poor quality of grains.
4. Some dealers do not open their shops regularly and the poor people can not draw their ration quota timely.
5. Still others weigh less and cheat the illiterate poor fellows.
6. Some ration shops are unable to sell their poor quality grains, which become a great headache for FCI then.
7. With the introduction of cards and three different prices for the same articles to the different people, the whole system of PDS has become much complicated.
8. The APL card holders get very little discount at the ration shop because of which they have lost their interest to buy these articles from the ration shops etc.
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