Greetings to all our supporters.
The very high food inflation continues to hit the poor very hard. although they may work on the land in the villages the land does not often belong to them and even if they own a little of their own the drought means they are unable to plant crops . As a response the trust has started giving high energy and protein biscuits at our kindergarten situated in a very poor village.
This from the National Press illustrates the scale of the problem,
NEW DELHI: Rising food prices has hit the government's food scheme targeted at children below six years. States including Assam, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur and Bihar have not been able to give supplementary nutrition to children regularly because of inflation while others have downgraded to dry rations instead of hot cooked meals. In a meeting with the Centre on Friday, states demanded that the cost of supplementary nutrition programme be linked with consumer price index.
Women and child development (WCD) ministry representatives said that nearly all states had been adversely hit by inflation and were unable to satisfy demands for supplementary nutrition under the integrated child development scheme ( ICDS). WCD minister Krishna Tirath said, "We will consider the issue and also that of raising the honorarium for anganwadi workers." There is no end to rising food prices in India. Food inflation rose to 15.57 per cent for the period ended January 15, on account of spiraling vegetable prices. Vegetable prices rose by 67.07 per cent on an annual basis. Onions have turned out to be the costliest vegetable. It rose by a whopping 111.58 per cent year-on-year, thus, showing that government initiatives like export ban were not effective. On an annual basis, prices of fruits went up by 16.40 per cent while milk became expensive by 12.44 per cent. Prices of egg, meat and fish went up by 13.58 per cent year-on-year.
Imagine what it would be like going to bed hungry. No food or supplementary nutrition is reaching this children from government sources, only wit your kind help we are trying to do what we can.
Please kindly help us respond to this crisis. with thanks to you all