Greetings to all our friends and supporters.
I would like to start with the good news. The monsoon has come and so far it is better than last year here in South Bihar. This will hopefully continue as a third of drought would be disastrous.
It is easy to imagine perhaps that India as a growing economic power is having an effect on alleviating poverty. That everybody can now afford the food they need, the housing and are receiving good medical care and education.
Please consider this report from an expert appointed by the Supreme Court to investigate hunger here in Bihar,
More than half of Bihar’s 100 million population is malnourished, while 70 percent of women and children below the poverty line (BPL) are anemic, a Supreme Court-appointed official said in a report Thursday.
“About 55 percent of the population is malnourished and 70 percent women and children below the poverty line are anemic,” said a report by Rupesh, state adviser to the commissioner of the Supreme Court-appointed committee to monitor the implementation of food-related schemes.
According to state government estimates, Bihar has 1.45 crore BPL families. However, the central government puts the figure at 65 lakh.
The report said that drought and flood have further aggravated the situation, with farmers and landless workers being forced to migrate to cities to look for jobs.
Bihar has been hit by severe drought for two consecutive years. In 2009, 26 of the 37 districts were declared drought hit. Last year, the state government declared all districts as drought hit.
“Implementation of the welfare schemes, health scheme and work schemes have not been accelerated, resulting in deterioration in the condition of the poor.”
“Our survey of status of the implementation of schemes like integrated child development scheme, mid-day meal scheme, the public distribution system, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme….in 33 villages of seven districts shows that the government’s efforts to check malpractices are not sufficient,” the report added.
The report added that the agriculture sector has been neglected, though over 80 percent population is dependent on it for sustenance.
“Apart from major leakages and corruption, the coverage of government food schemes is so meagre that they leave huge gaping holes in the social security net, through which large numbers of most destitute people slip into starvation and hunger,” said Rupesh.
This report indicates only too clearly the reality of the situation here in the villages of Bihar. We can only do what we can locally promoting good health care practices treating malnutrition and giving a warm healthy protein rich meal.
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