Mayor M.V. Ratna Bindu on Friday observed that people of Andhra Pradesh were fortunate enough to get food grain to have two meals a day, as compared to their counterparts in Bihar and Orissa, where there was shortage of grains coupled with poverty forcing people to starve. “In addition to the availability of food grain, schemes like mid-day meal in the schools and distribution of rice at Rs. 2 per kg are helping the poor to keep themselves away from hunger,” she said, while addressing an awareness programme organised jointly by the Navajeevan Bala Bhavan, Forum For Child Rights and the Global Campaign Against Poverty on the occasion of ‘World Food Day.’ Ms. Ratna Bindu said that for the last five years there was no shortage of food grain in the State, as a result of the schemes launched by the Congress Government. “There is a need to create awareness among the public about the need for taking nutritious food. It is possible only through encouraging education among the children.

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