The Supreme Court reinforcing its August 12 directive to the government to distribute grain at “no cost” or “very low cost” instead of allowing it to rot in godowns is welcome. Equally welcome is its observation that it would be desirable to abolish the Above Poverty Line category and carry out a fresh survey on people in the APL, BPL and Antyodaya Anna Yojana categories.
In spite of being the world's second largest producer of food grains, India does not have proper storage facilities. There must be a plan to ensure productive use of excess grain that is in storage.
The failure of the PDS to ensure that the poor are adequately fed is out in the open. With its observation, the Supreme Court has shown that it is the court of the disadvantaged.
The photograph of wheat bags in the open and the cartoon (Sept. 1) say it all. That the Supreme Court had to “order” the government to distribute grain to the poor is a pity. Crores are wasted on extravagant shows like the CWG, while hardly any attention is paid to the condition of millions of tonnes of grain.
Col. C.V. Venugopalan (retd.),
Keywords: rotting foodgrains