Food security is a problem throughout the world. Food security has been a major concern in India. According to UN-India, there are nearly 195 million undernourished people in India, which is a quarter of the world’s hunger burden. India ranks 74 out of 113 major countries in terms of food security index. Though the available nutritional standard is 100% of the requirement, India lags far behind in terms of quality protein intake at 20% which needs to be tackled by making available protein-rich food products such as eggs, meat, fish, chicken, etc. at affordable prices. However, food problem is more widespread in countries with weak states and institutions; where citizens have little opportunity to exercise influence over their own lives.
This book “Ensuring Food Security in India” focuses up on public distribution system in India towards its development of poor sections of the society. Even after 73 years of Independence we are in the stage of developing only the reason for this is the existence of the poor and adulterated food which leads to other diseases. The development of the nation can be only possible if the food problem is removed from the grass root level in India.
This book will be useful as a source for further reference for the students, scholars and academicians to have a sufficient knowledge about the present situation in the society. The development of the nation can be possible only when the basic needs of the societies are meet and food problems & under nutrition problems are removed from the society. There is a need to remove this evil from the society so as to achieve the development in all aspects in India and all people can enjoy better health facilities.
This book consists of nineteen chapters examining India’s efforts to achieve food security. It traces the problem, from the inadequate production of food grains, to the challenges of procurement, storage and distribution of cereals in India, after achieving self-sufficiency in food production. The establishment of the Public Distribution System (PDS) and its evolution into the Targeted PDS and the National Food Security Act are
outlined. The role of the Food Corporation of India and the efforts to improve it, are discussed. A critical analysis of India’s food security system is made in the light of present-day problems.
As an editor, I would like to acknowledge all my warm wishes to authors of this book. My heartfelt thank to all well-wishers for their valuable suggestions from time to time in my academic career development. I am also grateful to acknowledge my thanks to my friends who encouraged me directly and indirectly for this work. I thank to all the Paper Contributors for their wonderful support and co-operation in bringing this book, without their support and encouragement this won’t be successful.
Dr. Lalita K. Sharma