The Tribune -Dec 16, 2019
Food for all has been the core premise of India’s food policy. Though successful in achieving self-sufficiency in foodgrains, the policy journey of the last 75 years has not been easy. Most of the challenges encountered by the country en route have been faced with determination, without letting the national integrity and sovereignty to get compromised.
Over 1.5 million starvation deaths in the Bengal Famine of 1943 had shaken the then quiescent Government of India that constituted a committee headed by Sir George Gregory, Economic Adviser, to suggest measures to remedy the situation. After Independence, new systems, structures and processes were evolved to prevent the repetition of the devastation of 1943. Comprehensive efforts made over the last seven decades fully reflect upon the country’s inviolable Ann Surakhsha Chakra which prevented starvation deaths, even if the country had to import foodgrains worth $4 billion under PL-480.
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