People’s Budget Initiative says implementation of food security programme discouraging
Activists and nutrition experts have demanded the inclusion of eggs in the country’s food security programme in the run-up to the Union Budget 2015-16. They have demanded a multi-sectoral approach to deal with malnutrition, which will require coordinated efforts of many ministries.
"Egg has high protein and fat, which is needed for children to fight low nutrition. It is also cost-effective, considering the amount of nutrition it provides," said Arun Gupta, regional coordinator of International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN)-Asia. He said eggs are easy to store and can be prepared with better hygiene.
It is one of the main demands listed in document, “Policy Asks and Expectations from Union Budget 2015-16”, prepared by Indian civil society organisation, People's Budget Initiative. The document emphasises that ministries of water, sanitation, health and agriculture should come together to meet the demands of nutrition of the entire population.
It says that though commitment of providing food to 67 per cent of population through National Food Security Act, 2013 is a welcome step, efforts towards it are not encouraging. Activists have been demanding that apart from 5 kg foodgrain per person per month, food security programme should also include pulses and edible oil in the food basket.
The estimated annual food subsidy for implementation of the National Food Security Act, 2013 was about Rs 1,31,066 crore for 2014-15. However, the Union Budget allocation was Rs 1,15,000 crore. This amount will have to be enhanced if 5.25 kg of pulses and 2.28 kg of edible oil per family per month is added to the food basket.
Demands relating to food and nutrition security
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