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25 Pct Population Hungry in India Even With Excess Grain Stock

By SiliconIndia   |   Monday, 21 January 2013, 03:13 Hrs   |    6 Comments
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Bangalore: India has constantly been in global surveys reporting the drastic malnutrition rate in the country. However, a recent record on the food grain stock in the country has presented a different picture. It shows that the government of India is pilling up one of the world’s largest stockpiles of food grains amounting to around 667 lakh tonnes, as of January 2013.  This is much higher than the government's rule of stocking up buffer stock of 200 lakh tonnes and a strategic reserve of 50 lakh tonnes, which must be maintained in a year,  reported Subodh Varma for TNN.

Apart from the 667 lakh tonnes of food grain stocked up last year, what comes as a surprise is that the monthly stock of food grains averaged over 671 lakh tonnes for the entire term. It raised to the highest in June 2012 with 802 lakh tonnes in stock.  Only in 2008 the food grain reserve was estimated to be 192 lakh tonnes, which was below the expected level. Since then it has consistently increased from about 250 percent to the current level. It has reached a level where the current stocks are more than two and a half times above the set benchmark.                       

Unfortunately even with the high stock of food grains stacked up in the country, there are a large number of people suffering from hunger and malnutrition. It currently huants a quarter of the population with malnutriton concerns, which includes over 200 million people as estimated by various international studies. India ranked 65th among 79 countries in the report prepared by the International Food Policy Research Institute reflecting a seriously high hunger and malnutrition level last year. India ranked below Niger, Nepal, Ethiopia and Bangladesh with 43 percent children suffering with malnutrition.

Also Read: India Scores Low on Hunger Index

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Reader's comments(6)
1: Excess food grain as per Govt proves how bad the distribution management is.. Govt has a program in place to procure food grain from farmers but has no idea of the requirement of the people.
Posted by:jamini - 21 Jan, 2013
2: If there is no hunger then how will the money lenders survive? if there are no money lenders then who will fund the political parties? if there is no hunger n poverty then who will beg n vote for the junkies? earlier there was coal mafia now its food mafia ! excellent management of the country ! now sell the excess grains to FDIs n get the cut. WoW
Posted by:Rahul Banerjee - 21 Jan, 2013
The food grains procured from farmers usually goes to godowns
where the authorities stock them and here is where the loot starts. It is naked, and the corrupt dealers pay huge money to transport food grains meant for poor to urban rich. The rest is eye wash. How can any one can clean this drainage in this country.
vishal Replied to: Rahul Banerjee - 21 Jan, 2013
4: money went to swiss...also the grains?????
Posted by:balasekar - 21 Jan, 2013
5: The nehruvian congress leaders and their allies are not even capable to distribute grass to cattle properly, how can we expect them to distribute the food grains to poor mass? Every body knows that rotten food grains are sold out to restaurants and private dealers with under-table transaction of unauthorized money. Not only this but good food grains, under the name of rotten grains are sold out to dealers and restaurant owners. Some investigation need to be carried out to put congi-s and their allies to put them behind the bars.
Posted by:shirish dave - 20 Jan, 2013
6: This is insane, price of food is going high inspite of such huge stock reserves. Why is our govt working like mophia.
Posted by:Madhu - 20 Jan, 2013