The Right to Food Campaign, Karnataka, has expressed the fear that the proposed National Food Security Act will increase the existing food insecurity by weakening the public distribution system rather than strengthen it.

Kathyayini Chamaraj, Director of Civic, told presspersons here on Thursday that the concept note on the Act being circulated proposes to reduce the existing entitlement from 35 kg of food grains per month to 25 kg to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families.

“There are forebodings that the freedom of the States to determine their own numbers of the poor is going to be taken away from them,” she said, adding that it is likely insist that all States abide by the levels of poverty fixed by the Planning Commission.

The concept note also suggests that states which cannot distribute the entitled food grains can pay cash, she said.

K. Sudha of the Centre for Advocacy and Research said that a symbolic hunger protest would be organised on Independence Day in 22 districts of Karnataka to draw the attention of the people to the diminishing access to food and press for the demand to adequate nutritious for all.

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