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Two-Day National Convention on Right to Food and Students for Human Rights

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The National Convention on the Right to Food, was a two day programme organized by Human Rights Law Network in collaboration with U.P. Right to Food Network, Parmarth Seva Sansthan, Jagriti, Akhil Bharatiya Samaj Sewa Santhan, Bundelkhand Bhavishya Parishad, Pravas Society, Patha Dalit Adhikar, Samarth Foundation, Dynamic Action Group, PVCHR, Doaba Uthan Samiti, Gramya avam NREGA Mazdoor Union, etc. at Jhansi, U.P. The object of the convention was to have a comprehensive understanding of the functioning of the various ‘welfare’ schemes introduced by the Government ranging from food security, public distribution, National Employment Guarantee Scheme to the more perverse Land Acquisition Act, which has caused much furor among farmers in the recent past. The existing situation in terms of the implementation of various legislations was assessed in the background of the Apex Court’s position and stand in PUCL V. Union of India.

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Fact Finding on Right to Food and Farmers' Suicide in UP

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Although India is seen as a rising economic power and it is hoped that a trickle down will benefit the poor and marginalized; in reality the gap between the rich and the poor is growing. The National Sample Survey Data reported in 2004 showed that 70% of the population was at or below the poverty line in terms of consumption of food. The data revealed that 750 million persons were consuming less than 2,400 k calories per person per day which was the poverty line standard set by the Planning Commission of India in 1979. In her recently published book “The Republic of Hunger” Professor Utsa Patnaik of the Jawaharlal Nehru University concluded that on an average, a family of 5 consume 100 kilograms of grain less per year as compared to the consumption during the Second World War. This is the specter of starving India.

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Analysis of the Application of the International Human Rights Standards from the Perspective of Human Rights Practitioners: The Right to Food in India

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In 1996 at the World Food Summit (WFS), States present aimed to reduce the number of people suffering from hunger in half by 2015. Later in 2000, the primary concern of the Millennium Development Goal was ‘to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger’1. Tackling malnutrition and hunger has been on the world’s agenda for some time now, yet 1.02 billion people do not have enough to eat, which is more than the populations of the USA, Canada and the European Union.2 Here in India, the National Sample Survey Data3 report commissioned in 2004 found that 70 per cent of the Indian population was at or below the poverty line in terms of food consumption. The data revealed that 750 million persons were consuming less than 2,400 calories per person per day, which was the poverty line standard set by the Planning Commission of India in 1979. The 2007 publication of “The Republic of Hunger” by Professor Utsa Patnaik of Jawaharlal Nehru University concluded that on an average, a family of 5 consumes 100 kilograms of grain less per year as compared to grain consumption during the Second World War.

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Ongoing child labour in Finley Mills

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Hunger, Under-nutrition and Food Security in India

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