Speakers at the launch of the voluntary organisation ‘Society for Hunger Elimination' (SHE) spoke on the urgent need for concrete steps to tackle hunger and malnutrition. The meet was organised by SHE, in association with Madabhushi Anantasayanam Institute of Public Affairs (MAIPA) here on Sunday.

P. C. Rayulu, chairman of the taskforce (southern region) in the Union Ministry of Food Processing, appealed to the government to take measures to expand storage houses to preserve food grains to achieve the twin objective of supplies reaching the poor and also ‘storing for a rainy day'. SVIMS director and vice-chancellor B. Vengamma said that true development of a nation would grossly depend on total hunger elimination and called it the need of the hour.

Former Speaker of Assembly and founder-chairman of MAIPA, Agarala Eswara Reddi, said that hunger elimination was a task that rested on the shoulders of every right-thinking and responsible citizen of the country. SHE president V. Rajagopal, also former Director of Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI), Kasargod, in his keynote address regretted that 20 crore people in the country were still denied a single meal a day and called it ‘a shame on the nation'.