ISSN: (Online) 2321 -4155
ISSN: (Print) 2320 -7000

JOURNAL OF INDIAN RESEARCH
VOLUME : 3, ISSUE : 2, April-June, 2015 (ISSN No. : 2321-4155)
 
POVERTY AND RIGHT TO FOOD IN INDIA
Karuna Maharaj
 
ABSTRACT
Article 21 of the Constitution of India provides the Right to Life to all the citizens of India that includes the Right to Food. Still, India is struggling at 55th position out of 76 selected countries in Global Hunger Index, 2014. In a bid to ward off criticism, the governments keep on changing the criteria of poverty estimation. The official poverty lines give command over time to a lower and lower standard of living. With a steadily lowered standard, the poverty figures will always show apparent improvement even when actual deprivation is worsening. The importance of arriving at realistic poverty line and estimating poverty ratios using realistic lines is obvious. The paper is an attempt to encapsulate the debate around the estimation of poverty lines and their insufficiency in identifying the destitute families. The country requires right-based approach and universal entitlements insofar as basic rights – food, education and health – are concerned, to come out of the current morass.
 
KEYWORD
Global Hunger Index (GHI), right to life, National Food Security Act, 2013, poverty measurement , Headcount Ratios (HCR), Tendulkar Committee Report, Rangarajan Committee Report, 2009.
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