07 June 2013

Press Conference on Food Bill Campaign

Despite 64 years of Independence, hunger remains a living and ever-pressing problem in India. In the midst of godowns bursting with foodgrain, every year there is a recurrence of farmers' suicides, deaths due to hunger and starvation in Amlashole-type situations and in abandoned tea gardens. The UPA 2 has been planning to bring in a Food Security Bill for the past four years. A case on the Right to Food has been ongoing in the Supreme Court for the past 12 years and is now heading for final orders. 

The Right To Food Campaign is organising an Eastern and North Eastern Regional Consultation on 8th June at Proggaloy, Barasat, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The members of the campaign plan to discuss two important issues, which are emerging as challenges to a comprehensive Right to Food in the country - one, the plan of the UPA 2 Government to introduce a minimalist National Food Security Bill as an ordinance, with no Parliamentary debate; and, two, the possibility of getting concrete orders from the Supreme Court in the ongoing Right To Food Case (Writ 196/2001) so as to make the right to food a constitutional and comprehensive right. They shall also be planning their campaign actions for the next few months, till the Bill is finalised.

Members of the Campaign from Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Assam and other north-eastern states will address the consultation. We shall also be joined by Kavita Srivastava, National Convenor of the Campaign and Secretary, People's Union For Civil Liberties and Harsh Mander, Supreme Court Commissioner and former member of the National Advisory Council(NAC). 

On 8th June 2011 at 5 PM at Kolkata Press Club (AC Room), Kavita Srivastava, Harsh Mander and state representatives of the Campaign from Jharkhand, Orissa, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Assam and West Bengal will meet the press to give their critique of the the National Food Security Bill, the UPA 2's plan to introduce an ordinance,and the future of the Supreme Court Right To Food case.

Saradindu Biswas                                                              Anuradha Talwar
West Bengal State Convenor                           Member, National Steering Group

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