Mass hunger

Sir, — This refers to the editorial, "The challenge of mass hunger" (July 31). As pointed out, starvation is now a national scandal. It is unfortunate that despite having large quantities of food stocks, we are unable to feed all our citizens. A chain is as strong as its weakest link; likewise, a country is as prosperous as the person at the lowest social and economic level.

Roushan Mishra, Lucknow

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Sir, — The Prime Minister must consult agricultural scientists to solve the problem of mass hunger. The media must also help sensitise the people.

T. Shivaji Rao, Visakhapatnam, A.P.

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Sir, — This refers to the trauma of malnutrition in Maharashtra. Many factors are responsible for this situation, foremost of which is the misappropriation of funds allocated for schemes meant for the uplift of the poor.

Pallavi Sharma, Dehra Dun

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Sir, — It appears that there is a state of `agri-emergency' in the country. Agriculture is probably the only occupation in which the producer has no `say' in fixing the price for his produce. It is surprising that the rulers who react swiftly to the rise and fall of the Sensex are very slow to respond to the agriculture crisis. Why does the Government not seriously crack down on fake seed sellers? Why not evolve more accurate techniques to forecast rainfall and advise the farmers suitably? Politicians appear more interested in the farmers' votes rather than their woes.

M.S.R.A. Srihari, Khammam, A.P.

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