Indian food policy failing, millions hungry: UN

Published on 01 April 2009

A flagship government food subsidy scheme is failing and millions in India remain hungry despite years of economic boom, a UN report showed. The Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS), meant to sell food essentials to India's poorest people at subsidized prices, has excluded large numbers because of poor data and lack of adequate definitions of hunger, the report said. About 20 per cent of the world's 1 billion hungry poor live in India. [...] "Apart from failing to serve the intended goal of reduction of food subsidies, the TPDS also led to greater food insecurity for large sections of the poor and the near-poor," the report, written by the UN World Food Programme and a think-tank, said.

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