Stocking, distribution of foodgrains a concern: NHRC

Stocking, distribution of foodgrains a concern: NHRC New Delhi: Flagging the food security issue, NHRC Chairperson Justice K G Balakrishnan Friday said though there is improvement in foodgrain production, its stocking and distribution among the needy is an area of concern.

Addressing a conference on 'Right to Food', Balakrishnan said "food availability is a major concern, especially for our children. A child's brain develops during the age of 0-7 years. If in that period, our kids remain malnourished, our future generation will be devoid of intellect. We need to address this problem at the earliest."

He said malnourished children and falling levels of calorie consumption are some other areas which require attention.

Despite, Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), mid-day meal scheme, Targeted Public Distribution System and other such measures, a lot of ground needs to be covered to ensure Right to Food for all, he said.

"There is improvement in foodgrain production but its stocking and distribution among the needy is a point of concern," he said.

Batting strongly for direct cash transfer scheme, Sudhir Kumar, Secretary of Department of Food & Public Distribution, said that via cash subsidy, government will be able to plug largescale leakages in our PDS system.

"Most leakages in our Public Distribution System are caused because the retailer gets the products at subsidized rates way below market price. With Direct Cash Transfer coming into play, retailer will get the product at market price while the subsidy will be directly credited into the bank account of the beneficiary," said Kumar.

PTI