67 Years on, India Still Struggle to Utilize Food Grains Effectively: Study

BANGALORE: India, a home to 25 percent of world’s starving poor people  still lag behind in utilizing the complete quota of food grains (mostly rice and wheat) allocated by the central government under Targeted Public Distribution System, reports Neetu Chandra of Daily Mail.

The research carried out by Raghul Madhaiyan of the Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University, Sweden has revealed the poor outcome of India’s food security that terribly fails to reach the masses.

The research said, "Pilferage and leakages at both Central and local levels have been huge concerns in proper delivering of foodgrain. In 1999-2000, around 10 percent of rice and almost 49 percent of wheat allotted for the PDS have been diverted. Between 1999 and 2005, the leakages from the PDS at the all India level increased from 24 percent to 54 per cent. In 2007-08, the overall diversion of the PDS grains was 44 percent," reports Daily Mail.

However, some states such as Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Orissa and West Bengal, has lower percentage of distribution leakage when compared with states like Bihar and Punjab that have over 75 percent leakage. Moreover, states like Haryana, Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh have high leakage, i.e. around 50 to 75 percent.

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