I am Bisweswar Bhowmick, a law student. I am currently working with ‘Hamari Pehchan’ NGO as a volunteer. I spectated many people coping with some adverse conditions in their everyday life, eventually conquering them, but there are many such problems where you know the solution for but cannot actually puzzle out them. There comes an absolute need of some third party to resolve the matter.
Such a matter is “Hunger”. Hunger is a feeling; hunger is a state of mind whose presence is very much necessary for a person to survive. Hunger is something which is directly proportional to food. [अन्न के सिवाय कोई दूसरा धन नहीं है। ] “HUNGER” is now a major problem in India and even in the world which need constructive attention to be addressed.
In September 3, 2019, through the case of PUCL Vs. Union of India, a petition was filed in Supreme Court. The Supreme Court examined the petition filed by a number of activists asking the court to ensure that no person in India shall go to bed with an empty stomach. The petitioners also viewed the court of law with some affective ways to abolish the problem of ‘Hunger’ such as creating Community Kitchens (a food centre where poor people can be hired to provide hygienic food to the hungry and malnourished population for free or at a low market price), National Food Grid (supply food from highly available areas and places to the food deficit areas and places) and creating self-help groups. There created many self-help groups like- Amma Unavagam (2013), Annapurna Rasoi (2016), Indira Canteen (2017), Aam Admi Canteen (2017), Anna Canteen (2018), Mukhya Mantri Dal-Bhat (2011) and Aahar Yojna (2015) in different states like Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand and Odisha respectively. It was stated by the court that food is a basic necessity for a living being to survive thus specifying it into Article 21 of the Indian Constitution that is Right to Life, which is a person’s fundamental right that cannot be taken away. The National Nutrition Mission, 2017 (Poshan Abhiyan) by the central government (NITI Aayog) which aimed to bring down stunning of children by 25% till 2022 along with the moto of malnutrition free India by 2022. The United Nation took an initiative through UN ‘World Food Programme’.
From A study it is evident that India ranks 101 out of 116 in the Global Hunger Index which reflects a very grim position of India. The percentage of food wasted in 2021 is approximately 28% higher that in 2020. It is considered that 50 kg of food per person is wasted every year. In a censes result it is proven that in the first four months of 2020, 65 lack tonnes of food has been wasted. The National Health Survey 2021 has surveyed that 14% of the Indian population is starving which resembles around 189.2 million. It can be concluded that 27% of world hungry population [total- 690 million] is from India. The creation of hunger problem is also due to social and gender inequality. Mothers who are malnourished usually Give birth to children who are stunted and underweight. Due to the lack of availability of food in India 51.4% of women in the reproductive age are anaemic, 34.7% children are stunned and 20% suffrage of children is attributed to underweight. Recently National Family Health Survey (20219-2021) released that in India 35.5% children are stunned and 32.1% are underweight.
Thus, I took a resolution to help them by providing them with a one-day meal. With this initiative we can help them to a lot extent. If we all can contribute a small amount it can bring a big change along with getting their honest blessings. It was once said by Winston Churchill that “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”.
We have structures our plan in the following way -
Cost of one-time meal of a person- Rs. 50
Cost of a whole day meal of a person- Rs. 100
Cost of one month meal of a person- Rs. 3000
Cost of one month meal of 1000 person- Rs. 300000
Cost of a month meal of 10,000 person- Rs. 3000000
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